Principles or procedures so Hebrews 13:17 is true:
1. Senior either does all three or envisions and implements.
2. Main board co-owns vision, gives boundaries, approves policies, supports with prayer and personal embrace.
3. An Executive Pastor or small team leads and manages strategy.
4. Other staff lead in their specialty areas but manage in accord with senior and board leading. If not using same playbook, they must leave the team.
5. Various director or pastors on staff:
Administrative areas—major on “leading” circle, but more management and administration to be sure.
Age-specific ministries—major on shepherding and teaching in sub-groups.
6. Support staff cares for details and administration with some DNA of leaders.
7. The church follows the biblical call to support leadership and do ministry as the church gathered “out there.”
Because it is. We learned very little about it in school, and very few of us had strong leaders who deliberately built skills and desires into our lives. And we do not get much time to travel together like Paul did with Timothy or Titus.
We use books too much. A lot of them make it complicated.
Maybe we should just have two subjects to impart: character and church. CE National has discussion guides from Bible verses on these two subjects, by the way.
We forget it is just TLC – time with men in a group of 4 to 6 others, Love shown and said, and Content of the scripture that hits the heart.
We do not ask ourselves and all staff to lead a group of 4 to 6 others to develop in character strength and church leadership.