No one person can care for all the needs represented within a church body – and they are not supposed to! God has designed His Body so that we will be mutually dependent (1Cor 12:12-27). The participation of each member is necessary, that we might “all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:12-16).
We can avoid the problems that come with being an “independent leader” by equipping and releasing the saints to do the work of ministry with us (Eph 4:12). As we follow the Bible way of multiplying leadership, we will see multiplied fruitfulness. A new generation of leaders will be raised up to carry on the work of the Lord!
We can model the biblical principles of leadership to those we are training so that they will do the same. Thereby, God will never lack for someone He can use (1Ki 19:18; 2Chr 16:9) and the Body of Christ will be effectively led and shepherded!