This is such a fruitful discussion on the Candour blog at present! I would go so far that my experience is that congregations want to be led and look to their minister to do this … the notion of waiting on God and discerning his call to mission is not something they are comfortable with. Maybe the first role of leadership is to lead the people (back) to God?? Provoking thought!
A church leader wrote to me recently with a nagging question generated by the following excerpt:
“To the extent that clergy lead change, there will be no change……… It is counterintuitive, but when clergy function as innovators, they actually foster a culture that shuts down the innovation of others. My observation in working with countless clergy and congregations
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