BY STEVE DUNN
I teach a variety of leadership courses, both in the classroom and on-line for Winebrenner Theological Seminary. I teach the principle of operating a church from a Kingdom of God agenda. Part of that involves a church’s philosophy of leadership and an individual leader’s commitment to live by it:
First, some general observations
- Leadership is essentially relational, not positional.
- Leadership needs to be intentional.
- Leadership often requires education on the part of the chief leader being provided by the leadership team.
- Leadership keeps the organization values based and missionally focused.
- Leadership monitors the behaviors of the governance system.
- Leadership confronts when values are violated or undermined.
Now, relating to the governance system
- Work to support the elected leaders—coaching, advocate, etc.
- Meet with leaders before the meeting to discuss plans and strategies.
- Do not take responsibility away from leaders (I’ll handle that)
- Do not violate the system
- Prepare written reports so that everyone has the same information
- Pray before a vote
- Make votes aimed at consensus
- Encourage dialogue—not Roberts Rules
- Constantly tell the story
- Manage the nominating process
- Promote the connection
- Train, train, train
Do you have thoughts and observations.?
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