I don’t know much about cars.
I do know that ALL wheeled vehicles have axles. After browsing the internet, I learned that axles are used for steering, driving, and braking. They are, therefore, crucial for basically every aspect of vehicular transportation.
Further (to sound more knowledgeable than I am), they transfer power and torque from your engine to your wheels. This means that axles withstand the accelerated forces of driving and braking.
Axles, it seems, always endure stress as they perform the job that makes it possible for me to drive from point A to point B.
Cars, Congregations, and the Rhythm of Co-laboring
As I’ve been reflecting and writing on what I am calling Transforming Pastoral Ministry and Leadership, I am coming to believe that the ‘axle’ of the entire “Pillar and Rhythms” paradigm is Congregational Leadership as a wearisome but wonderful practice of Co-laboring.