Transformational leaders and servant leaders are natural companions in staff/leadership development by the Senior Pastor and second chair leaders. These two individuals display these traits because they are already transformational leaders due to the shift in the church towards a missional focus (Stetzer, and Rainer 77).
Transformational leadership is ultimately about influence and leaders that understand the vision and purpose of the church (Stetzer, and Rainer 74, 95). At the core, a transformational leader is a vision caster (Stetzer, and Rainer 74). Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, Illinois writes that a vision should capture and energize people when they heart it. “Whenever I hear a leader communicating passionate, heartfelt, God-honoring vision I am energized whether I want to be or not” (Hybels 35). Northouse writes that, “ transforming leaders had a clear vision of the future state of their organization” (Northouse 187).
Peter Northouse writes that a transformational leader “is the process whereby a person engages with others and creates a connection that raises the level of motivation and morality in both the leader and the followers” (Northouse 177). Northouse continues, “transformational leadership involves an exceptional form of influence that moves followers to accomplish more than what is usually expected of them. It is a process that often incorporates charismatic and visionary leadership” (Northouse 176). The development of transformational leaders spreads to the entire church because the culture has changed (Stetzer, and Rainer 79). “Transformational leaders know that every person can be used to fulfill God’s mission. Leadership is the steward to help others exercise their gifts…” (Stetzer, and Rainer 79). Jesus modeled transformational leadership in how he developed the leadership potentials found in the disciples. Michael Anthony traces in Management for Christian Ministers, the transformation of the disciples through Jesus’ leadership:
The disciples begin to aid Jesus in his work, beginning to take an active part in his ministry (Mark 3:13-66). Eventually, the disciples are able to do ministry themselves but are still in need of Jesus’ direct supervision and guidance (Mark 6:7-13, 30). Ultimately, the disciples are commissioned to carry out the ministry themselves, with Jesus still present among them, but no longer physically present (Mark 16;15-16, 20). (333)
The shift that happens in staff teams when leadership is multiplied: servant leaders and transformational leaders are developed, is a shift from one to many leaders (Stetzer, and Rainer 78). “The transformational leader thinks team. Everybody has a purpose. No one person’s personal purpose is more important than the biblical purpose of the team” (Stetzer, and Rainer 80). The environment that is created in a transformational leadership community is one that values a team-based approach to ministry (Stetzer, and Rainer 93).
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