Is a single leader essential to church life?
So, I wonder, what does this mean for us, as church? I believe that ministry is something shared by all -- that we are all gifted and called to ministry. But is that the same thing as leadership.
I know that in Disciples circles, there has always been a certain anti-clericalism, that makes sure that pastors don't get too big for their britches. We see ourselves as congregationally governed, but to what extent can a congregation move forward without someone setting the tone?
I must admit that in my "old age" I've become more assertive in leadership -- not to lord it over others, but recognizing that the ship needs a pilot. I served one congregation where there was a sentiment among some in the church that their job was to come up with work for the pastor, micro-manage that work, and sit back and see if the pastor could save their church. I will confess that I failed at that -- and that church continues to struggle to this day. They liked being on boards and committees -- to supervise staff.
I realize that Jesus called us to servanthood, but what does that mean?
Easum suggests that the job of the leader is to empower the congregation for ministry, and offers 5 ways in which a leader might do this.
1. Set out a clearly defined mission.
2. Set out clearly defined, realistic, stretch goals.
3. Discuss how to reach those goals.
4. Provide the resources and coaching to reach those goals.
5. Continual follow-up on how the mission and goals are progressing.
6. Hold people accountable to the goals.
7. Reward those who get it and make it happen (this is more of a staff issue)
So, what do you think?
- Thanks to Russ White for bringing this to my attention.