I recently completed reading “The Power of Team Leadership” by Charles Barna. While the premise at first seemed simple and I questioned how a complete book could be written about something that appeared obvious, I was amazed at the detail and analysis provided. Mr. Barna took great time in providing a very compelling presentation of shifting from committee, business meeting driven churches to a purposed team driven ministry.
As I sat and read the first 10-15 pages, I had to resist the temptation to jump up with fist pumping in the air. His reasoning for shifting to Team Leadership were exactly the same reasons why our company exists. Our modern culture has put so much emphasis in the size and attendance of churches that our pastors have been given a huge burden. While at times unknowingly, there is an assumption that in some way a pastor that is not preaching to thousands, writing books, or traveling the national speaking circuit is a sub-standard pastor. Not only do pastors have an insurmountable task to begin with, our culture is setting an assumed standard that is all but unnattainable except in instances of anomolies.
How then can pastors effectively grow their church and reach people?