I believe leadership is one of the most confusing subjects about “organic” or “simple” church. We say that there aren’t leaders in the sense of a person or two doing all of the “leading”, making the decisions, running the meetings, doing all the teaching, etc. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t leadership. There most certainly leadership, it just looks significantly different. Milt Rodriguez just wrote a blog addressing this. And since he did such a good job, I’m just going to link to it. Below are some highlighted quotes from the article, though I recommend reading the whole thing.
Many people think that because organic churches have no clergy, they have no leaders. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In reality, we are ALL leaders in his Body! We are ALL called to lead and to minister.
It’s not about ecclesiastical position or titles. It’s not about people lording it over or controlling others. It is about all in the group wanting the expression and headship of Christ above everything else…
All spiritual authority is based upon and comes from spiritual life… These are the “elders”. But they are not showcased or singled out in any way. They are just brothers and sisters among the rest of the brothers and sisters. They will not lead the meetings or do most of the ministering. They will not make all of the decisions for the rest of the church. They will hardly even be noticed.