Facilitate or Regulate?

The Lord calls elders to shepherd the flock of God, lead them in humility, and love them enough to bring consistent correction where needed. Leaders are not called to regulate ministry. The Holy Spirit is living and active in all Christians, and by his power, and in response the preaching of the Word, individual believers will develop desires to use their spiritual gifts. Biblical leadership facilitates the fulfillment of the desire, and appreciates the diversity of expressions. Only immature or insecure leaders risk quenching the Spirit by forcing eager believers to fit a predefined outlet. The call to admonish (1 Thessalonians 5:12) is the guiding principle. Give enough room to warrant occasional correction. In the end the recipient is made wiser, the work is made wider, and the elder is more respected.