Presentation on theme: "Missional leadership. Leadership Conversation Navigating modernism & postmodernism Clash between two philosophical approaches of life & leadership Navigating."— Presentation transcript:
Leadership Conversation Navigating modernism & postmodernism Clash between two philosophical approaches of life & leadership Navigating maintaining and mission Clash between focusing “inside” and “outside” the Church. Navigating between clergy and laity Clash between authority and empowerment
Leadership Conversation How do pastors address these clashes? What are the greatest challenges pastors face in becoming a missional leader? What does it mean to be a missional leader?
Leadership Approaches Bureaucratic-boss & hierarchy. Participatory-involve others in decision making. Charismatic-people dependent on you as leader. Prophetic Voice. Missional-focused on God’s mission in the world.
Missional Church Missional is not a program or project, but the Church’s very nature is to be God’s missionary people. “A missional church is a community of God’s people who live into the imagination that they are, by their very nature. God’s missionary people living as a demonstration of what God plans to do in and for all of creation in Jesus Christ.” Alan Roxburgh, The Missional Leader
A missional congregation lets God’s mission permeate everything that the congregation does — from worship to witness to training members for discipleship. It bridges the gap between outreach and congregational life, since, in its life together, the church is to embody God’s mission. Lois Y. Barrett in Treasure in Clay Jars: Patterns in Missional Faithfulness
Missional Leadership Missional Churches need missional leaders. Movement from professional pastor to missionary pastor (K. Callahan). Movement from focus on inside the church to outside the church. The nature of leadership in the local church will determine the focus of pastoral leadership.
Leadership in a “churched culture” Ministers serves inside the church Laity ministers in the world World seeks the church
Don’t be preoccupied with our churches growing! Be preoccupied with whether our mission is dying!
The church is called to mission for the integrity of mission, not for the sake of church growth!
Leadership Revisioned When ministers focus inside the church, that’s where the laity focuses No longer do we train laity who, in turn, do the mission in the world No longer do we serve inside the church and laity outside in the world Focus: “in the world,” not “in the church”
Missional Outpost Focus on relational characteristics Living on the edge of its resources In the world Fulfillment of life searches Value of missional leadership God’s missionaries Church-cultured local church Focus on functional characteristics Conserving & holding resources In the Church Pleasant programs & activities Value internal leadership Caste system of pastor/laity
Life and Leadership Callahan says “there is a direct correlation between a persons philosophy of life and one’s understanding of the nature of leadership.” (37) Nature of leadership, theology of the Church, Emerging trends in culture, & Philosophy of life are interrelated.
Discussion Questions How do you balance pastoral ministry and missional leadership? Are you a missional leader? Is your congregational missional? Why? Why not? In what ways can you as a leader foster a missional focus in your congregation?
Missionary Pastor The nature of leadership is one of discovery and fulfillment. Philosophy of life is pilgrimage. Theology of the Church is primarily of mission What does it mean to have a missional theology of the Church? Culture is dynamic and changing
Qualities of Missional Leadership 1. Theology of the church is a theology of mission, not a theology of institutionalism. Three theological streams of thought about the nature of the church Sacramental-Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox Prophetic-Lutheran, Presbyterian Covenantal-Baptist, Assemblies of God Nazarene-sacramental and prophetic.
2. An adequate understanding of the relationship of faithfulness and success in terms of mission: Being successful is being true to the “mission.” To be faithful to the “mission.” 3. Confident that compassion and community are more helpful motivations than challenge, reasonability, and commitment. Often pastors focus on the latter than the former.
Leaders are Summoned Leadership is made or born? Or Summoned? “Leaders are called into existence by circumstances. Those who rise to the occasion are leaders.” (L. Sweet, Summoned to Lead, 2004).
Servant Leadership Robert Greenleaf term “Servant-Leading” and “Servant-learning.” (Servant Leadership) Servant-Leadership is a disciplined spiritual journey dedicated to the growth of persons and institutions undertaken in the context of community rooted in relational power exercised for the common good.
Leadership Traditional Leadership Servant-Leadership Exercise of Command Exercise of Compassion Pursuit of Control Nurturing of Commitment Goal of Productivity Goal Developing People Individual Performance Team Performance OrderFreedom HierarchyParticipatory GuidelinesRelationships
Characteristic of Servant-Leadership Listening receptively. Acceptance of others & having empathy. Foresight and intuition. Awareness and perception. Having highly developed powers of persuasion.
Servant-Leadership An ability to conceptualize and to communicate concepts. An ability to exert a healing influence upon people. Building community in the workplace. Practicing the art of contemplation. Recognition that servant-leadership begins with the desire to change oneself. Larry C. Spears, The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership
Leading…. Facilitator of learning/development of People. Empowerment of People Listening not “telling.” Create open Context for Growth.