Leadership Ministry: Capacities of Serving

What kind of leader does a ministry need?

Almost any kind of ministry needs direction and development.

-- Visionary leaders are best at providing this kind of leadership.
 

Almost any kind of ministry needs planning and coordination of the program and procedures.

-- Administrative leaders are best at providing this kind of leadership.
 

Almost any kind of ministry needs someone responsible for making sure the needs of its staff and people are attended to and met.

-- Shepherding leaders are best at providing this kind of leadership.
 

The balance, health, and growth of each ministry requires all types of leadership working in unity.
 

Failure to provide for each of these kinds of leadership in a ministry could lead to . . .

stagnation and/or losing people who don't see the ministry going anywhere,
     if visionary leadership is missing.
 
floundering and/or having everyone doing what is right in their own eyes,
     if administrative leadership is missing.
 
neglecting and/or abusing people in the name of advancement or excellence in programming,
     if shepherding leadership is missing.
 

The Leadership Ministry Manual includes the content on this page and asks some probing questions about your church or ministry based on the above.
 

Options:

  1. The ministry could have a leader(s) with more than one type of leadership gift.
     
  2. The ministry could have a leadership team with each type of leader on it.
     
  3. The ministry could have a leader who consults with and/or delegates responsibilities to those who are gifted for areas he/she is not.
     

In what capacity of leadership is each type of ministry leader best suited?

Visionary Leaders:

  • church planting
  • almost any kind of new ministry initiative
  • overseer
  • steering committee
     

Administrative Leaders:

  • administrative or assistant pastor
  • chairman of a deacon or stewardship board
  • Christian Education (i.e., coordinators of the various ministries)
  • office manager
  • staff administrator
  • strategic planning committee
     

Shepherding Leaders:

  • elder
  • pastor of a church
  • small group leader
     

No matter in what capacity a leader serves, he/she will face challenges many of which will be unique to the type of leader he/she is. So, what are those challenges?

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