Regarding the ministry “growth Essentials” I’ve been blogging about, I wish I could say the concepts are new and profound, but that’s not the case.
They’re really quite simple, in theory:
1. Healthy at the core.
2. High quality, low complexity (two posts).
3. Prayed up.
4. Outreach is indispensable (two posts).
Essential #5: Leadership is a Privilege.
This idea is tied into #1 above. Ministries that are healthy at the core tend to reproduce themselves.
Today I’d like to offer some observations “from the gut” about leadership teams:
- Are comprised of members who show up late, leave early and fail to notify anyone when they’re absent.
- Either have autocratic leaders or weak leaders who are “too humble” to assert themselves.
- Are disorganized and are dominated by the strongest (but not always wisest) voices.
- Don’t have reliable communication systems (that people actually use), such as email, Google docs, etc.
- Have to beg and cajole people to do things.
- Are not in prayer and scripture together. Plus, they’re no fun.
- Love Jesus and each other.
- Spend time in scripture, prayer and community-building.
- Are comprised of members who all make roughly the same commitment. They don’t “carry” anyone.
- Are led by strong, sensitive leaders who know how to mine the wisdom of everyone present.
- Have clear goals and systems, and get important work accomplished.
- Are attractive to prospective members. This is the leadership pipeline.
- Require training.
I keep thinking of how short my life is and what a privilege and joy it is to serve on a thriving team.
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