There is a difference between leading a ministry and managing a ministry.
Healthy ministries are pipelines of leadership development.
A ministry is only as healthy as the people that are being developed.
A healthy ministry will actively discover those who show leadership potential, develop resources to equip and inspire leaders, and carefully deploy them in roles that enflame their hearts, challenge them to excel and propel the ministry to new heights.
To develop leaders we are concerned with heart and character. This will take longer and will demand more time and energy. Managers tend to train people to perform particular task. Yes we need to show people how to do somethings however developing heart and character will play a signifant part in creating a healthy ministry. I have seen some very gifted talented people with some broken heart and character issues. They know how to “do” ministry. Putting them in leadership will only hurt them and the team.
Are we managing or leading
As leaders we need to courageously look at the ministry and ask are we managing the ministry or are we leading the ministry. There is a distinction between the two and it can be best found out by looking at the leadership we are developing.
Leaders emphasize what and why.
Managers emphasize how and when
Leaders are inspiring and motivating.
Managers are controlling and manipulative
Leaders are excited about change.
Managers threatened by change
Leaders are people and idea centered.
Managers are system and plan centered
Leaders get the most out of others.
Managers get the most out of themselves.
A healthy ministry will look to people with a God centered focus, they will ask what are the evidences of grace in this person, and how can I partner with God to continiue to develop them. A leader will look for areas they can deploy them that will give them plenty of room to thrive. Healthy ministries will celebrate people and their accomplishments.
How well is the ministry doing in identifying leaders and developing them?
Q4U: How were you developed as a leader?