Senior leadership teams of a church, whether they be a parish council, a staff team, an elder board or something else, are crucial for healthy, high functioning churches.
I have been reading a book by Tony Morgan called Take the Lid Off Your Church: 6 Steps to Building a Healthy Senior Leadership Team. He says this about senior leadership teams in churches:
The reality is, the decision about who will be on your senior leadership team is probably the biggest determining factor of health and success for your church. This decision is much bigger than those about discipleship strategies, series plans, buildings, budgets, etc. Determining who is on your senior leadership team will shape every other decision.
Did you see how crucial senior leadership teams are? They are “probably the biggest determining factor of health and success for your church” Now of course Tony is speaking here on a human level. He would be the first to admit that God grows his church and so we need to be careful before we think all that we need to do to grow a church is to get the right people in the right positions. It is God who gives the growth. But God does work through humans and our good and bad decisions and so we need to think carefully about who is on our senior leadership teams.
The wrong person(s) in a senior leadership team can frustrate the growth of a church and the right person(s) can make a church flourish as Tony says:
I’ve seen firsthand how the right person can propel a church forward. I’ve also seen how the wrong person—though talented and gifted by God—can truly disrupt culture and growth. There is simply too much at stake for a church not to do everything within its power to make sure they understand who needs to hold the senior leadership positions in their church.”
I love that sentence There is simply too much at stake for a church not to do everything within its power to make sure they understand who needs to hold the senior leadership positions in their church.” There is a lot at stake isn’t there? If your church has the wrong people in positions of leadership and the work of the church is hampered and as a knock on effect evangelism, pastoral care and the like doesn’t happen or doesn’t happen in the manner in which it should there are eternal consequences.
Pastor, are you going to have the courage to build the right senior leadership team for your church? If you do some people will be offended and some people may leave. But the stakes are far too high for you not to get the right people in the right positions on your senior leadership team.
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