Leadership Ministry: Capacities of Serving

God has placed different types of leaders within His Church in accordance with spiritual gifts He has provided.
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In what capacity of leadership is each type of ministry leader best suited?

Following are some possibilities for how each type of leader might serve. While the lists are not exhaustive, they can give you some ideas of the capacities in which these leaders could find themselves.

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?

These Three Types of Leaders Need to Learn to Work in Unity

The Leadership Ministry Manual provides a broad look at how the different types of leaders can affect church life in general, and the balance, health, and growth that can come when they work together without letting their diversity lead to competition or comparison.
The Balance in Church Leadership Based on Spiritual Gifting resource shows the need for balance in specific leadership tasks and responsibility that comes when the three types of leaders work in unity.

(The resources can be ordered separately by clicking on the links above or as the Balanced Church Leadership Bundle.)

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