by Chris McKelvey
Founder of Fire Starter Ministries
What comes to your mind when you think about Authority Leadership and Power Leadership?
I would like for you to take a moment and write down what you feel is the difference between Power and Authority according to
your world view. Then continue this study.
One has a Father’s heart towards leading and the other has an Orphan's heart towards dominating and controlling. Here are the definitions that we will be focusing on, so that we are all on the same page…
Authority~ The skill of getting someone (or a group of people) to do something towards a common goal with
enthusiasm and camaraderie.
Power~ The ability to get someone (or a group of people) to do something towards a common goal because of your entitlement.
There are two key words that separate the definitions: the word skill and the word ability.
Moving people skillfully is hands on.
The word skill in the dictionary means~ to work upon. Watch how this works. As we walk in Authority, we skillfully work upon each individual to move them towards the common goal. We want to move them towards the common goal, not push them. Moving people skillfully is hands on. This is the Father’s mentality: to help people to move others in the direction of His will. Being right beside them, moving them towards the goal and when the
time is right, we release them to accomplish the goal through their gifts, talents,
No one likes to be pushed to the ground.
The word ability in the dictionary means~ possession of the means …. to do something.
Power is the ability to push people towards the common goal. Just because you’ve been given the entitlement of a Mother, or the entitlement of a Husband, or the entitlement of a
Pastor or the entitlement of a Boss on your job, does not give you the right to push
people around. This is the Orphan mentality...“My way or the high way”. It is not hands on like the Father’s mentality, but rather it’s pushing them towards the goal and leaving them out to fend for themselves. Walking dominantly in the power of your entitlement really can turn people off. That kind of attitude pushes people into getting the job done, but it can cause strife and disharmony. Unfortunately, the gifts, talents, and anointing to do the job, gets stifled. The Father’s mentality moves and the Orphan mentality pushes.
The Father’s Mentality moves and the Orphan mentality pushes.
“Authority” is skillfully working upon each individual and “Power” is forcing your ability of entitlement .
Authority moves, Power pushes. The Father’s mentality moves people with
a hands on approach. The Orphan mentality pushes people away and its
hands off with no real guidance. Real Authority is guidance with freedom;
where Power is abandonment with chains of restrictions. We need to walk in
Authority Leadership so that we can utilize all the gifts, talents, and
anointing a person carries for the Kingdom sake.
Authority is guidance with freedom, Power is abandonment with chains of restrictions.
Our next study will bring us to a breakdown of even a greater proportion of the definition of Authority.
Eric Reeder is joined by other leaders of RISEmovement to reveal the heartbeat of The HOPE-filled Gospel.