Why the leadership movement is leaving your church leadersless – Mike Breen

LeadershipA challenging artcile on church leadershp by Mike Breen which begins like this:


Leadership is one of the most over-used and overwrought topics in Christian ministry today. Yet for all the books, blogs and conferences, there are two staggering realities we must come to grips with: First, while most churches believe they have leadership development programs, in actuality they have programs that recruit and train volunteers. A volunteer is someone who executes someone else’s vision. A leader is someone with a vision of his or her own.

In truth, there are often only a few leaders in the average church, and everyone else is simply executing their vision. It’s the “genius with a thousand helpers” paradigm Jim Collins uses to describe organizations that are good, but never become great. This is the leadership movement widely espoused in the church today.

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Why the leadership movement is leaving your church leaderless | Mike Breen

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  1. MikeSchwiebert says

    Thanks for linking to this again on twitter. This really helps articulate something I have had a hard time putting into words. Recently, I read “The Forgotten Ways” by Alan Hirsch with a “leadership” group at the church. In the book, he calls for a return to Apostolic Genius with one of the key components being an Apostolic Environment. I think framing of the debate in terms of the apostolic side-tracked the discussion.
    What you and Mike are highlighting here is the discussion we must have.

  2. says

    Thanks Mike. One of the things that I’ve struggled with is that Pastors sometimes loose trust in the Holy Spirit and feel the need to control every aspect of church life. I recently left a church where this was the case. People were not free to minister or offer suggestions.


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