For my church planting/pastor buddies, This is a great little synopsis of leadership characteristics found in business leaders. You can insert church lingo in place of business lingo and see how it can apply to church leaders.
I found it interesting and know we have seen this kind of stuff before. I know from my own experience in the business world that so much of this kind of information can make you glaze over thinking here we go again, but he has some valid points.
His point # 5is one I really hang my hat on, find people around you to fill in where you are not quite as strong, Trust their ability to serve and have faith in the Lord that He will use them. We can’t do it all, we think we can but …….
A strong team: Realistically, few executives possess all of the skills and abilities necessary to demonstrate total mastery of every requisite area within the organization. To complement the areas of weakness, a wise leader assembles effective teams of experienced, credentialed, and capable individuals who can supplement any voids in the leader’s skill set. This ability is what sets leaders apart from others. However, the leader needs to be willing to admit he lacks certain abilities and go about finding trusted colleagues to complement those deficiencies. After building the team, the entrepreneur needs to trust that team to understand issues, create solutions, and to act on them.
Anyway, it is a short read, insert your own words in place of the business words and see how well it can apply to church planting and pastoring.