In his book, A Journey of Faith and Hope, Carlisle Driggers points out 7 components that are needed for church team leadership training.
These components, according to Dr. Driggers, were composed by Dr. Reggie McNeal. Reggie was brought onto the team of the South Carolina Baptist Convention to head up the first Leadership Development Department.
Here are the seven convictions that guided the development of Reggie McNeal and the South Carolina Baptist Convention Leadership Development Team.
- “The current leadership crisis/vacuum threatens the viability of the church to fulfill its missions in this culture.
- Leadership, in its current form, is not just the solution; it is part of the problem.
- Most church leaders have not been trained specifically for leadership. The prevailing credentialing processes (call examination, ordination, seminary education), are just beginning to take leadership into consideration.
- Traditional training efforts for church leaders have trained mechanics and operators in church programming and maintenance with the assumption that the same skills that worked in the past will continue to be effective.
- Most pastors and church leaders do not feel prepared for the leadership challenges they face.
- A new model of church leader is emerging that promises some correction to the leadership challenge we face. This new model of leader is an apostolic model. The emerging apostolic leader reflects the fact that leaders of the 21st century face a religious and cultural landscape similar to that encountered by the first leaders of the Christian movement. Globalism, religious pluralism, the collapse of institutional religion, and widespread spiritual awakening are some of the parallels. The apostolic leader has the following characteristics: visionary, kingdom-conscious, entrepreneurial, team oriented, developer of people, missional, and genuinely spiritual. This kind of leader is being trained by new tribe pastors, parachurch organizations, consultants, and the business culture (particularly with its ability to understand the culture at large). Many apostolic leaders are being called directly from business careers into ministry. Seminary training is increasingly optional. Apostolic leaders pay attention to four basic areas of leadership concerns (1) Paradigm issues – how they see the world. (2) Micro-skill development – visioning, team-building, communications skills, leading change and transition, etc. (3) Resource issues – prayer, people, facilities, finances, time, technology. (4) Spiritual formation – tending to issues of personal and spiritual growth.
- A new kind of leader will require new leadership development processes. (A Journey of Faith, pages 94-96)”
What are your thoughts on these seven components of church leadership development?