The Jethro Principle


The Jethro Principle / Exodus 18:21-23  [Leadership style, authority and size]

Some of the key phrases of the current reformation are: ‘No longer Church As We Know It’ or ‘Permission to do church differently’ these often denote getting rid of the traditional church model: buildings & pastors, etc. for the house church model.

The above statements are true but we also believe in this statement: “it’s not either/or, it’s both/and”.

In the New Testament the Church met house to house, in the marketplace, in the temple, and together as a region. [Acts 2:46; 4:32; 5:42; 6:5; 9:32; 11:22; 11:26; 14:23, 27; 15:22, 30; 16:13 Rom. 16:5]

  • ALL sizes matter, whether you’re a mega church, community church or a house church; you’re essential for God’s master plan ‘Making Disciples of all nations’.

However, in our society the motto ‘bigger is better’ is everywhere even in the Church. We do not oppose or embrace the various Church growth marketing tools available today. While we believe that all sizes matter to the Lord, we also believe the Church is not ABOUT SIZE or PLACE, it’s about heart.

We do have a ‘growth strategy’  Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved”. Acts 2:46-47

The heart of this reformation is not to ‘rid’ the world of the traditional church model but to reform it so that it better reflects the Church of the New Testament. We know this will require some major changes in how we ‘do’ church but the Lord has promised to be our wise master builder. “I will build My Church and the gates of hell will not over power it”. [Mt.16:18]

The Jethro Principle not only shows us that size (small or large) is esteemed by God but it also confronts our practicing tradition of the ‘one man show’ platform. Moses, a type of apostle was given a strategy from the Lord that enabled him to empower others to lead without taking away his anointing and authority and in doing so enhanced the longevity of his life.