My Take | The Clergy As Leaders | July 10| Hosted by Stephen |
The Clergy are people trained to officiate at religious ceremonies and services. They are important formal leaders in the religious circle.
In Christianity for instance, the specific names and roles of clergy vary by denomination. There is a wide range of formal and informal clergy positions, including Deacons, Elders, Priests, Bishops, Preachers, Pastors, Ministers and the Pope. In Islam, a religious leader is often known formally or informally as an Imam, Mufti, Mullah or Ayatollah. While in the Jewish tradition, a religious leader is often called a Rabbi or Hazzan (cantor). The roles and functions of clergy vary in different religious traditions but these usually involve presiding over specific rituals and teaching their religion’s doctrines and practices.
Leadership being the capacity of someone (a leader) to guide somebody or a group of persons somewhere or to bring somebody or a group of persons somewhere by means of instructions, directions and counseling, has several interpretations, advantages and disadvantages as well as qualities considered to be possessed by these leading person(s).
Considering the Clergy as leaders in different religious tradition, it involves their teachings, doctrines and practices. Taking a look at the society in general, the clergy are major/key players in building of a good or bad society. This is because they have a major influence on the lives of their followers because of the consistency of what they preach and or tell their followers. Clergy as leaders, become coaches to the assembly/people in the sense that they teach the people the importance of togetherness; to have a collective consciousness in a single body as it is often always stated that the followers are members of one body. As a clergy in the society, considering them and leadership, they should be pace setters and role models or mentors as we find them in our churches as our heads and leaders. Every quality of a true leader should be found in the clergy: integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, respectful, burden bearing abilities. They have to portray the life style of whom they serve/worship. As people that represent a higher and supreme entity, they have to live their lives worthy of emulation and have a positive influence on the populace and not the opposite as in the case of “do what I say and do not what I do”.
On the other hand, there isn’t any rule exempting a Clergy from being a leader in the secular society…let’s not forget that they are part of the world and the community and in their varied ways are also leaders. Many persons feel that if a Clergyman is elected into a position, there will be transparency and of course he/she is expected to govern or rule or run his office with the fear of the supreme being/entity he/she represents.
Contrary to the expected, Are the clergymen truly leaders? Are they truly role models and or pacesetters? Do they live their lives worthy of emulation? As it regards this, it greatly depends on the individual to sieve off the chaff and make use of the good stuff. Spiritually, some persons are higher than the others. This doesn’t mean that since he or she is higher, should become that Supreme Being looked up to. Despite the Clergy are often seen as the Supreme Beings here on earth, followers should remember that they themselves are also connected to whom they serve and hence should remember that these clergy are humans too; the clergy shouldn’t take the place of the Supreme Being.
Looking at the Clergy as leaders, will you say the ones in our society are truly fulfilling their leadership roles? Please share your opinion.
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