4 Thoughts for Leaders
1. Leaders in congregations and congregations themselves can be understood as:
- Growing (innovating, deepening faith, high learning)
- Out of Breath (cautious, tired, over-functioning, low learning)
- Stalled (already know enough, not learning)
- New (passionate, want to make a difference, low experience and skills, volunteering in other nonprofits)
Where do you see yourself? Where do you see your congregation? For rostered leaders who are interested in leading change in their congregations, LEAD is starting a Coaching Collective of small groups that that will meet weekly for collaborative learning, problem-solving, and prayer.
2. The way we think matters. Growth is a choice. It happens when:
- Leaders are committed to a deep, bold, consequential faith in Jesus.
- People have a plan to grow. Coaching, mentoring, guides, covenant groups, immersions, and trainings all help.
- Congregations become a learning organization.
Have you made a personal plan to grow? LEAD’s MAP can help you get started.
3. Cross-Cultural and Cross-Generational communities are a bigger gift than we realize.
- When we invest in relationships with people who are different from ourselves (age, ethnicity, socio-economic), we get a bigger view of God and a vision of the church that is more whole.
- We have a lot to learn from people who think and live differently than we do.
- Listening is a primary posture for leadership growth.
Check out the Tune In guide, a LEAD resource for listening in your community.
4. Growth is one step at a time-renewing love for God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
- Intentional leadership development is key. Pastors and staff need continuing education. Sabbaticals renew vision. Active worshipers need growth through covenant groups, immersions, practical skills, and serving those who are suffering.
- Circling the wagons, digging in our heels on a few issues and scapegoating the pastor or the council or some other group within the community is the kiss of death.
- Our structure, governance and/or way of organizing in general needs to be cleaner and faster. Clarity of roles between the pastor, staff, elected leaders, and the church makes an effective system for mission.
- Our values, behavior, and purpose need clarity and alignment. Do our theological values actually shape us? Where is the priesthood of all believers? Where is the real understanding of saint and sinner? Where is God’s grace being shared? Being “more Lutheran” would be a gift to our congregations and the world.
LEAD’s website has lots of resources to help you and your congregation grow.