Leadership Styles in the U.S. Church

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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 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

    1. 1. By The Book <ul><li>Power and Leadership Styles </li></ul><ul><li>from a USAmerican Perspective </li></ul><ul><li>presented by Steve Knight </li></ul><ul><li>MCTTW Korea 2008 </li></ul>
    2. 10. WHAT?!
    3. 11. That’s Better.
    4. 21. 5 Styles of Leadership (and 1 Style of Non-Leadership) from a USAmerican Evangelical Church Perspective
    5. 22. Jesus CEO <ul><li>Mega-churches </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-national corporations </li></ul><ul><li>Top-down/Hierarchical </li></ul><ul><li>Buzzwords: “Purpose-driven” </li></ul>
    6. 23. PastorPreneur <ul><li>Multi-site Churches </li></ul><ul><li>Start-ups </li></ul><ul><li>High-Tech/High-Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Buzzwords: “Innovation”, “Attractional” </li></ul>
    7. 24. God’s Chosen Leader <ul><li>Pentecostal Churches </li></ul><ul><li>Ranges from corporation to storefront business </li></ul><ul><li>Über-hierarchical </li></ul><ul><li>Buzzwords: “Prosperity”, “Name It and Claim It” </li></ul>
    8. 25. Servant Leader <ul><li>Smaller (“dying”) churches </li></ul><ul><li>Mom-and-Pop shops/ General Store </li></ul><ul><li>Marrying/Burying </li></ul><ul><li>Buzzwords: “Potluck!” </li></ul>
    9. 26. Missional Leader <ul><li>Smaller, emerging churches </li></ul><ul><li>Outward-focused </li></ul><ul><li>Buzzwords: “Missional”, “Glocal”, “Incarnational” </li></ul>
    10. 27. Missional Leader <ul><li>Emerging out of: </li></ul><ul><li>a missiological understanding of the church </li></ul><ul><li>theological reflection </li></ul><ul><li>spiritual formation </li></ul><ul><li>cultural awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Webber, The Younger Evangelicals (Baker, 2002) </li></ul>
    11. 28. Leader-less <ul><li>Alcoholics Anonymous, Wikipedia, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Not truly leader-less </li></ul><ul><li>Buzzwords: “Multiplication”, “Tribes” </li></ul>
    12. 29. 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
    13. 30. Steve Knight International Communication Coordinator Email: steve.knight@sim.org Skype: knightopia Web: knight.with.sim.org

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