Globally in recent years, we have seen the emergence in many places of certain leadership patterns found in – and even supported by – Christian churches. These forms of leadership can be called “cross-cultural leadership diseases,” and are common to all cultures and found around the world. Unfortunately, Christian churches are not immune to such illnesses. Spectacular-mania, recognition-mania, power-mania, independency-mania, fragmentation-mania, pragmatism-mania and the dangerous “Adam complex” are just few of the sicknesses that leaders in our Anabaptist congregations – regardless of their culture and theological background – face today. Is there a cure?
César proposes here that the remedy for all these strange diseases is an even stranger concept today: sacramental leadership. The practice of this kind of leadership is desperately needed in our global church today.
Mennonite World Conference - General Secretary
César García is general secretary of Mennonite World Conference (MWC), a global communion of Anabaptist related churches that serves some 1.5 million members around the world, distributed in more than 10,000 Mennonite, BIC, and other Anabaptist congregations. Rev. García is from Bogotá, Colombia, and his appointment in 2012 marked the first time a leader from the global South has served in this leadership role. He has been a church planter, pastor, and professor of Bible and Theology. Prior to his current position, Rev. García was chair of the Iglesias Hermanos Menonitas de Colombia (Mennonite Brethren Churches of Colombia) and secretary of the MWC Mission Commission.