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

  1. Leadership is essentially relational, not positional.
  2. Leadership needs to be intentional.
  3. Leadership often requires education on the part of the chief leader being provided by the leadership team.
  4. Leadership keeps the organization values based and missionally focused.
  5. Leadership monitors the behaviors of the governance system.
  6. Leadership confronts when values are violated or undermined.

Now, relating to the governance system

  1. Work to support the elected leaders—coaching, advocate, etc.
  2. Meet with leaders before the meeting to discuss plans and strategies.
  3. Do not take responsibility away from leaders (I’ll handle that)
  4. Do not violate the system
  5. Prepare written reports so that everyone has the same information

Kingdom agenda,

  1. Pray before a vote
  2. Make votes aimed at consensus
  3. Encourage dialogue—not Roberts Rules
  4. Constantly tell the story
  5. Manage the nominating process
  6. Promote the connection
  7. Train, train, train

Do you have thoughts and observations.?

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