Heavy-handed, cult-like leaders abound in churches today. They are in both small and large churches. Micromanagers of the flock and power tripping elder boards are not confined to slick, corporate mega-churches. Pastoral authority has been abused and has overreached its God-given boundaries. The top-down leadership, CEO mentality, bullying, and intimidating are not Jesus’ style of leadership. I believe much of it comes down to a misunderstanding of the nature and limits of pastoral authority.