They comment that some pastors do not wish to be dependent either upon the Spirit or upon Christian leaders. My own thinking and written notes were also transcribed and included with the above data. Some churches utilize a tripartite senior leadership structure. Bill Hybels, senior pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, insists that of the qualities he looks for in leaders and potential staff, integrity, or character, is first and foremost. A brief exegetical discussion of this view will follow in chapter 5. While leadership succession plans are carefully developed in the marketplace, most churches today usually do not have such plans. In addition, when attendance reaches 1,000, a full-time business manager is recommended.
It is a critical part of leading people in the fulfillment of mission. They gather together to discuss a specific issue with the help of a moderator in a particular setting where participants feel comfortable enough to engage in a dynamic discussion for at least one or two hours. Finally, he models and inspires by living and working consistently within those values. Luecke and Southard distinguish two major leadership inclinations rather than four or more personality types. However, his brother James was the true manager of these ministries.
Job satisfiers will be discussed later. Co-pastoring requires a deep trust, a confidence of each leader in his counterpart. It is frequently uncertain, incomplete, and headed toward a future that is unclear. Even the texts on leadership in the church imply teamwork. He is a decision-maker on low, middle and high-level issues.
Fontana and Frey comment: This type of interview is not, however, without problems. From the business side, integrity means consistency, and thus in the following ways: What we reveal to others reflects what we know. However, we can see the difference in emphasis, and this difference is critical for effective pastoral leadership in large or growing churches, especially once they grow beyond 1,000. The second edition 1997 not only refers to the executive pastor, but also includes it in an evolutionary chart. In addition, Collins found that charismatic leaders are not necessary for long term success. An apologetic for church management is provided. Malphurs recommends investigating spiritual gifts, passions, personality, and natural talents when looking for staff members.
Ego, and control over it, was a factor in a number of famous co-leader teams. They follow almost without question the man who shows himself wise and strong, who adheres to what he believes. There are times of conflict or disagreement. In many instances this would mean that the man does not feel called to pastor the church but, as the associate worker, feels called of the Lord to assist the pastor in every way as he leads the church. Bottom line results are important in business, but also in the church, though they are harder to define in the latter. Much of our experience in churches, however, has not demonstrated the healthiest team ministry. This central matrix of imagery has served as the foundation for other images of the pastor— guardian of tradition, guide through hazard, and physician of the flock.
They are not locked into tradition, and they figure if everyone can tell time, all the better. Nevertheless, in a healthy context, church leaders can and must lead. The openness and affirmation of the church leadership was gratifying. Occasionally, emailing the questionnaire was the only viable way to get a response. Definition of Terms Senior pastor: The senior minister of a church, in the traditional sense; the primary teaching shepherd and leader, especially the leader of the multiple staff ministry and the primary vision-caster. The church grew in size and inclusivity, and the complexity of that culture required creative structural solutions to the resultant problems. Whether the same person, or two differing leaders, the pastor and teacher giftings clearly refer to the stationary leaders, those positioned in the local church rather than being itinerate.
Evangelical authors may concede to different nuances implied by the various terms, but most concur that one office is meant. Ministers with experience know that complete concentration on only one task is seldom appropriate. Jesus is the good shepherd and the chief shepherd. I had personal conversations with at least three significant informants before the study was formally underway. This was the most difficult part of the research. Vision and ministry direction must be provided by leaders with integrity to assist the transformation of Christians.
Churches over 10,000, for example, have completely different dynamics, systems, reporting, and senior leadership structures than the churches visited for this study. What are the primary causes of success or failure for the senior pastor and the executive pastor in their work? Also important in this regard is caring by encouragement and enablement. The Executive Pastor would be the only associate pastor, and therefore the only pastor with a vote on the Session. Using the implications of 1 Timothy 5:17, Presbyterian churches with a plurality of leaders divide their teams into those who concentrate on teaching and those who concentrate on guiding: teaching and ruling elders, respectively. While many insights were generated from the phone and face-to-face interviews that I conducted, a major limitation to this study is the generalizability of its findings, a typical limitation in qualitative studies.
What lends itself to individual team member energizing or depletion? Issues of church size and the evolution of staffing, as well as team theory, are examined, all of which contribute to the pastoral context of co-leadership. Further supplementary data was bound to surface which could be of great interest and value to the study. The discussion of integrity in leadership is strategically placed here at the beginning because it is so critical in Christian as well as secular organizations. Female Associates Before leaving the subject of associates, I will briefly comment on the participation of women in associate ministry. These descriptives speak to the what and how of leadership. While I used a structured set of questions to limit wide variations in the data generated, I acknowledge that there are, in fact, occasional variations in the nature and amount of data generated in the interviews, due to the impact of the interactions among the participants.
. In the case of Jesus, the disciples are rebuked for power-grabbing and pride, not for leading. Such a role needs to be highly relational. Administration simply means making sure that everything gets assigned to the proper persons for attention and action, and calling each person to accountability. Reports indicated that a lack of such confidence in the co-pastor on the part of the senior pastor was always the number one cause for dissatisfaction in the position. At least four indicated present or past stress.