Topics in Christian Ministry: Church Administration & Organization
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Dick Pritchard
January 30, 2003
"Methods of Effective Leadership"

I.   Effective Leadership is &
A.   ÉReading the sings of God's promise in the context of present events, and translating these signs into goals - "preparing the way of the Lord."
1.   Looking at what God has done in the past, and interpreting how he wants us to act in the future
2.   It isn't a formula (i.e. He fed with manna, so he'll still continue to feed with manna if we have faith)
B.   ÉDirecting and coordinating organizational energies and resources toward goal realization - "being a faithful steward"
1.   Steward usually implies proper use of money, but it really entails using all resources (i.e. giftedness, location opportunities, etc &) we have effectively
2.   Mary and Jesus and the broken perfume bottle incident - proper ministry may come off wasteful from an accounting perspective
3.   There is no limit in the resources that God can enable His ministers with
C.   ÉMaintaining quality control over organizational character and purpose - "give proof before the churches" of love and obedience to Christ
D.   A leaders is someone who knows how to get you to good ground and good water by camp time - Wagon Train Language
II.   Dimensions of Leadership
High Relationship and Low Task
High Task and High Relationships
for People
Low Task and Low Relationships
High Task and Low Relationships
Concern for Task
A.   We need leaders to be high task and highly relational
B.   Task is about an end result - relational emphasis the time spent in a relation
C.   If you do not have a concern for relationship then ministry will hurt - ministry should take place in the upper half of the graph
D.   Starbucks Spirituality - Example of task vs. relational ministry
1.   Elements
a.   Go where they are
b.   Find common ground
c.   Leave the results to God
2.   It takes a strong element of relationally
3.   It takes a task because their has to be a reason for which one would do this
III.   Choosing your leadership style
A.   Effective leaders adapt their style in response to specific situations
B.   Cannot be a formula
1.   Based on your personality
2.   Based on your circumstance/location
3.   Based on who you minister to
IV.   Relational Leadership Functions
A.   Symbolic Leadership - A quality of leadership that makes leaders Ôtransparent' to the church values and goalsÉchallenges and comforts
1.   The person acting in leadership is the reference point to where the ministry is
2.   This does not mean a leader always has to be stable; but rather a realization that people are looking to you as a symbol of where they are going
B.   Ideological Leadership - Maintains the Ôbig pictures' when things bog down
1.   Time & resource management
2.   Oversees a bunch of leaders that have an expertise in a piece of the Ôbig picture,' but often times do not have the big picture in mind
C.   Interpersonal Leadership - Creates harmony and an atmosphere nurturing the development and expression of gifts
D.   Organizational Leadership - Focuses on administrative detail and systems
V.   Scriptural Leadership Roles
A.   The Priestly Role
1.   A mediator between God and person
2.   Pastoral
3.   Like transactional leadership, focuses on the means - on individuals' needs and perhaps not on a group
B.   The Prophetic Role
1.   A mediator between God to person focus
2.   God's voice
3.   Calling for justice and righteousness
4.   Reminding people of mission
5.   A certain affinity to transformational leadership
C.   The Servant Role - Synthesizing priest and prophet
VI.   Dilemma of Leadership - What does the relationship look like with the people as a leader?
A.   We all need support/accountability systems - so where do we find this?
B.   Different Perspectives on Openness
1.   No relationships within the church - find support from other areas
2.   Value in both church relationships and extrachurch relationship
3.   Share anything and everything to those who you are leading