Missional Training # 7 – Triperspectivalism


In the Old Testament, there were three primary types of leaders that guided and governed God’s people, Israel.  These were Prophet’s, Priests, and Kings.  Kings were meant to govern the people.  Priests prayed, interceded, and made sacrifices for the people’s sins.  Prophets called people back to God’s ways and revealed where those ways were taking us.  Each of these three offices Christ filled Himself.  He is ultimately our great prophet, priest and king.  He told us what God’s will was (Prophet), He cared for the people and sacrificed himself for them (Priest), and he’s the son of David and will establish his throne on the last day in Jerusalem (King). 

We can take these three offices and apply them to different types of leadership. 

Prophets primary focus is vision.  They tell the people, “This is where God is leading us”

Kings are great with systems and control. They tell the prophets, “This is how we get to your vision.”

Priests are caregivers and are all about people.  They make sure people are taken care of and included along the way.

As you can tell, each type of leader is needed.  We can go into much greater detail, but first let me ask, which way do you lean.  Are you a prophet priest or king?  Do you tend to know, feel, deduce from God’s word the direction we have to go. You might be a prophet.  If you are all about statistics, organization, or systems…if the technical detail intrigue you the most, you might be more kingly.  If you are primarily concerned with people, their feeling, hurts, and development, you might be priestly. Each person tends to have a dominant and secondary perspective.  What are your’s?

Personally, I’m a Prophet-Priest.  I know where we need to go.  I can see the large steps of the plan, but sometimes I have difficulty figuring out all the little steps between.  I also lean more towards people and their care.  Yet, I’m lacking most in the kingly perspective.  So I definitely need someone who is kingly in my life to help me implement the plan that I envision.  I also need people who are primarily priestly.  Since the plan is foremost, I can still leave hurt people in my wake if I’m not careful.  As a new church, we’ll need all three types of leaders to guide us.  Yet on a smaller level, each of our Missional Communities should have shared leadership in each of these three areas in order to have a productive and edifying community. 

Below is a great chart describing Triperspectival leadership that was put together based off of a talk that Drew Goodmanson gave.  Do they fit you?

For my core group, we’re reading the Gospel-Centered Life for chapter 7, Look Around at the Community.  Be prepared to discuss the chapter.   Also be prepared to share what perspective you have, prophet, priest, or kingWe’ll also continue with the Story of God. 

For some additional resources on Triperspectivalism go here.

About Ted Torreson

I'm a Husband, Father, Pastor & Church planter

Posted on December 1, 2011, in Missional Training, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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