My sense is that our skewed understanding of authority is at the root of many struggles in the church. I’m a guy who has been told he has ‘authority’ issues, so you might not want to believe me, and I will try not to sound authoritative. But here are some links to my telling of events that shaped my view of authority.
How, in the church, authority can be gained: Authority Gained … « Pastor Pete’s Blog
How, in the church, authority can surprise: Authority from unexpected places « Pastor Pete’s Blog