All leaders need to get it right in order to be effective. Each type of leader, however, could face unique obstacles within these common challenges.
Get it right by . . .
serving with the right motivation
- Visionary leaders could serve out of a need for position.
Rationale: To lead, they need influence.
Problem: could lead to pride
- Administrative leaders could serve out of a need for performance.
Rationale: To lead, they need to achieve.
Problem: could lead to putting high expectations on people
- Shepherding leaders could serve out of a need for popularity.
Rationale: To lead, they need respect.
Problem: could lead to people-pleasing
serve out of love for God which spills over into love for people (Matt. 22:37-40)
having the right ambitions
- Visionary leaders could want to control the direction of the church.
- Administrative leaders could want to control the schedule, policies, and procedures of the church.
- Shepherding leaders could want to control the lives of the people in the church.
desire to serve and not manipulate or control (Matt. 20:25-28)
maintaining the right balance
- Visionary leaders could put more emphasis on progress.
They are goal-oriented.
- Administrative leaders could put more emphasis on performance.
They are task-oriented.
- Shepherding leaders could put more emphasis on people.
They are people-oriented.
goals, tasks, and people are all important but ultimately people are most important (Matt. 12:1-7; Lk. 10:38-42)
getting the right involvement in ministry
- Visionary leaders could get too far ahead and fluster people by pushing them too hard.
Result: People are in a state of abuse.
- Administrative leaders could figure it is easier to do it themselves and forget people.
Result: People are in a state of disuse.
- Shepherding leaders could want everybody to help in every way and fuse people rather than remembering their distinct gifting.
Result: People are in a state of misuse.
everybody has a part (Eph. 4:16) yet there are times we are to bear one another's burdens
using the right methods
- Visionary leaders could let the end justify the means.
- Administrative leaders could get stuck in the means and never get to the end.
- Shepherding leaders could say forget methods altogether and focus on people.
God is both process and results-oriented. Consequently, both the means and the end matter. (Jn. 15:8; 1 Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17)
fostering the right kind of unity
- Visionary leaders could pursue peace by getting people on the same page.
- Administrative leaders could pursue peace by getting people to follow a code of conduct.
- Shepherding leaders could pursue peace by getting people to adapt and compromise.
Right Kind of Unity:
God brings unity out of diversity as everyone focuses on the one Lord, yields to the work of the Lord, and seeks the common good. (1 Cor. 12:4-7; Phil. 2:1-4)
How leaders work through these challenges will affect the way the church functions. Even deeper, it could influence the culture of the church.
The Leadership Ministry Manual includes this content plus Scripture for you to study on these areas as well as biblical examples for each.