“What flourishing churches have in common is that they are led by people who possess and deploy the spiritual gift of leadership. Whenever and wherever I have found a high-impact, Acts 2, prevailing church, I have also discovered a little band of brothers and sisters who were humbly and prayerfully providing the vision, the strategy, and the inspiration that enabled an entire congregation to bear fruit abundantly. Please understand, it’s not that I believe the gift of leadership is more important than other gifts. It’s simply that people with the gift of leadership are uniquely equipped to come up with strategies and structures that provide opportunities for other people to use their gifts most effectively. Leaders see the big picture and understand how to help others find their place of service within that picture.”
I’ve also seen this for a long time. I have the opportunity and privilege to work each and every day with some of the best church leaders in the country. These guys and gals are leading dynamic churches and ministries. And every church that I’ve seen that is making dramatic strides in reaching their communities… every single one of them… has a strong leader or group of leaders that is heading up the process.
Is it possible for a church to grow and flourish without leadership? Yeah, I suppose if God chose to bless a church like that, it could. But it seems that God many times chooses to bless the churches that have leaders that are faithfully and diligently getting the job done.
Does that surprise anyone?
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