"Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many". Mk.10:42-45. Clearly there is a contrast being made here between the way unbelievers exercise authority and the way that Christ wants authority exercised in His Church. Firstly, Jesus Christ's example of leadership is epitomised in the innocence and trust of a child. First a church leader must "enter the Kingdom", and can only do so by receiving it "as a child". "Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein". Mk.10:15. Secondly, once a leadership role is ordained by Christ, upon a 'Kingdom individual', they must exercise humility as does a 'servant'. “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Servanthood was epitomised by Christ by the humility displayed by women and children i.e. those of low estate. Matt.20:27, Matt.23:11, "If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour". Jn.12:26. It is clear that the words any man, cannot mean exclusively only men can serve as Christ would direct. We are all to behave as servant to one another. This directive obviously applies to both men and women, just as the following text also includes both genders. "I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me". Jn.15:15-21. It matters not if a person is male, female or something in between, if they are persecuted for Jesus Christ's Names sake, then "they that know not him that sent [Him]" are the ones doing the persecuting and therefore the ones persecuting Christ in his servants. Within 400 years of the death of Christ, the church began weilding both spiritual and secular power, with powerful prelates and the episcopate even calling themselves 'Princes' and weilding magesterial authority in exactly the way Christ had forbidden in His 'Kingdom Principled' Church. Not until the Reformation did this state of affairs become questionable and even after the reformation power was exercised in the normal 'Gentile' fashion, exclusively by men and as overseers with force of law, rather than servants willing to suffer for the flock. We are now in the 21st century. We know what is written in the scripture, We know Christ's mind on the principles of leadership. So how autocratic should ministers of religion be, and in what ways, during your membership of Christ's Church, have you experienced autocratic behavious from clergy and other 'servants' of Christ? Matt.24:48-51. .