|Squirrel, in my back yard|
In the past week at Redeemer three different people felt led by God to do something that would involve our church family. One person was told to host a conference for women, another is to put togethere a mission project to help neeeeedy children, and the other is to facilitate a teaching presentation involving a guest speaker.
Each person shared their idea with me. Each idea sounded like a from-God thing. And each person will be the leader of the vision God gave them.
This is pretty much how things happen at Redeemer. Our people pray. Sometimes God calls them to do something. If it involves our church family, they share it with me. I become one of their support persons, cheering from the sidelines as they lead.
Advantages of doing leadership this way include:
- the pastor doesn't have to recruit people to do something
- the people experience God leading them to do something
- the people grow in leadership
- the people gain ownership over the God-given vision
This is leadership in a Presence-Driven Church. It is more exciting than top-down, hierarchical leadership. It's healthier, too. We are not striving to make some event happen. It's about hearing from God, and following. Then, watching God produce the results.
We see this in Proverbs 21:1:
Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by God;
he directs it to whatever ends he chooses.