What leadership essentials exist for a pastor as she/he leads a congregation in fresh steps in ministry and mission? Are there ways of leading that are non negotiable for successful fresh steps?
In previous posts, we saw that the first 4 essentials are trust, compassion, stability, and hope. In the following post, we will look at the 4 e’s of leadership: engage, equip, empower, and expand.
Pastors that lead well engage people by intentionally inviting them into fresh steps in ministry and mission. Engagement brings people to the table for conversations, input, and dreaming about the congregations’ God-given, hope-filled future. Engagement also involves people in implementing the fresh steps and gives them the joy of seeing how God is working in them and through them.
Critical to successful engagement is creating a sense of urgency. If you don’t create urgency, you will not move forward. John Kotter, in his book A Sense of Urgency, tells us we need to get complacency down and urgency up if we are to move on. Urgency is not the same thing as panic or running fast every day. Kotter writes,
“When people have a true sense of urgency, they think that action on critical issues is needed now, not eventually, not when it fits easily into a schedule. Now means making real progress every single day. Critically important means challenges that are central to success or survival, winning or losing. A sense of urgency is not an attitude that I must have the project team meeting today, but that the meeting must accomplish something important today. Urgent behavior is not driven by a belief that all is well or that everything is a mess; instead, that the world contains great opportunities and great hazards. Even more so, urgent action is not created by feelings of contentment, anxiety, frustration, or anger, but by a gut-level determination to move, and win – now.
Engaging people means leading them with a sense of urgency. They need to know why these fresh steps are essential to God’s kingdom, to your church, and your community. As a leader, you need to be able to give clear answers to why you must move forward.
Another critical part of engagement is engaging a guiding team (this might be the council, see here). This team works with the pastor to listen to God’s call, imagine how to follow the call, and implement the plan. The team is also critical in spreading the good news about the work into the congregation.
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