We are exploring the leadership essentials that pastors need for successfully taking their congregation into fresh steps in ministry and mission. So far, we’ve seen the first 4 essentials are trust, compassion, stability, and hope. In our last post, we saw the first of the 4e’s of leadership: engage. The second of the 4e’s is equip.
Pastors engaged in fresh steps equip their people for ministry and mission.
The above statement may sound logical and wise, but the reality is that in most congregations, the pastor is seen as a doer, not an equipper. People do not look to the pastor and other leaders in the church to prepare God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be “built up” (Ephesians 4:12). Instead, they look to pastors to be the chaplain who cares for them and, if time permits, reaches out to the community. We see this model below.
A pastor involved in fresh steps in ministry and mission leaves behind the pastor- centric model and leads the congregation to an equipping model. The equipping model is necessary from a Biblical perspective and a vision perspective. Churches involved in taking fresh steps in ministry and mission see their vision for their congregation, community, and world expand. This expansion means all hands on deck involvement. Those who are involved need training.
The pastor and other leaders’ task is to change the church’s ethos away from the pastor as chaplain to the pastor as equipper for ministry and mission. The pastor and other leaders still do hands-on ministry and mission, but they focus on training and administering so that God’s people step onto the frontlines of mission.
What shifts do you need to make to exercise your calling to be an equipping pastor?