If we accept the model of what I have called a committed pluralism, we can look for and work for a time when Christian leadership (not Christian domination) can shape society, shape the plausibility structure within which people make their decisions and come to their beliefs. I know that by using the term “leadership” I am laying myself open to the charge of elitism, that most unforgivable among the current list of unforgivable sins. I decline to be intimidated. Elitism has become a bad word because we have had too much experience of self-serving elites. But the remedy is not to deny the necessity for leadership; that is simply evasion. It is the summons to a leadership which is modeled on that of the one whose words “Follow me” are constitutive of the Church.
|—||Lesslie Newbigin, Truth to Tell: The Gospel as Public Truth p85|