Even the noblest of leaders can succumb to the lure of entitlement.
We work hard, often at a lower salary than our efforts should provide. What would be so wrong with accepting the perks the job can provide?
In the recent downfall of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill we saw some of this illustrated, most in subtle ways.
Things which can be a blessing for working hard at a low salary when the church or non-profit is small, can become expected when it grows larger.
What started as, “Let’s bless the pastors and their wives with a meal, pedicure, or day at the spa” can subtly shift to being an expected perk of the job.
I see this in the organizations I work with. Entitlement is subtle but dangerous. Some of the financial reports coming out on Mars Hill, seem to indicate this drift occurred.