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This is my attempt to describe for my non-American colleagues the various types of leadership structures that exist in the USAmerican church scene -- and how men and women being sent out into mission ...

This is my attempt to describe for my non-American colleagues the various types of leadership structures that exist in the USAmerican church scene -- and how men and women being sent out into mission from these churches might be formed philosophically about power and leadership based on these church structures.

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Leadership Styles in the U.S. Church Leadership Styles in the U.S. Church Presentation Transcript

  • By The Book
    • Power and Leadership Styles
    • from a USAmerican Perspective
    • presented by Steve Knight
    • MCTTW Korea 2008
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  • WHAT?!
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  • 5 Styles of Leadership (and 1 Style of Non-Leadership) from a USAmerican Evangelical Church Perspective
  • Jesus CEO
    • Mega-churches
    • Multi-national corporations
    • Top-down/Hierarchical
    • Buzzwords: “Purpose-driven”
  • PastorPreneur
    • Multi-site Churches
    • Start-ups
    • High-Tech/High-Quality
    • Buzzwords: “Innovation”, “Attractional”
  • God’s Chosen Leader
    • Pentecostal Churches
    • Ranges from corporation to storefront business
    • Über-hierarchical
    • Buzzwords: “Prosperity”, “Name It and Claim It”
  • Servant Leader
    • Smaller (“dying”) churches
    • Mom-and-Pop shops/ General Store
    • Marrying/Burying
    • Buzzwords: “Potluck!”
  • Missional Leader
    • Smaller, emerging churches
    • Outward-focused
    • Buzzwords: “Missional”, “Glocal”, “Incarnational”
  • Missional Leader
    • Emerging out of:
    • a missiological understanding of the church
    • theological reflection
    • spiritual formation
    • cultural awareness
    • Robert Webber, The Younger Evangelicals (Baker, 2002)
  • Leader-less
    • Alcoholics Anonymous, Wikipedia, etc.
    • Social networks
    • Not truly leader-less
    • Buzzwords: “Multiplication”, “Tribes”
  • Leader-less CEO  catalyst boss  peer command and control  trust rational  emotionally intelligent powerful  inspirational directive  collaborative in the spotlight  behind the scenes order  ambiguity organizing  connecting
  • Steve Knight International Communication Coordinator Email: steve.knight@sim.org Skype: knightopia Web: knight.with.sim.org