“Good Team Leaders Empower People”

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The traditional small to medium church stays that way because the pastor either will not or does not know how to delegate and empower the members of the church to use their spiritual gifts. For a pastor to grow a church beyond a small congregation, it is imperative he learn to delegate and empower the people. He must encourage church members to get out of the boat, into the storms, and begin walking by faith and using their gifts in communications and ministering. It does no church or the kingdom of God any good when its pastors refuse to share their leadership function with the laity. The more centers of leadership you find in a church, the stronger it will become. Any Pastor that is leading a church through dynamic change his or her focus and priority must be the development of other leaders. This demands that the leader practice leadership in every aspect of his or her life.

Everett Anthony a church consultant states,” One of the challenges a leader faces is how to move away from the idea of surrounding himself with loyal people who never question or threaten. Instead, he must surrounds himself with people who will challenge him and question him, not in a threatening way, but in a way that encourages growth.” [1]

Just as the pastor needs to make it possible for every church member to take responsibility for meeting whatever situation that might arise. Team leaders when they practice this kind of empowerment, will discover that there is little resistance to change and innovation in the life of the church, because the members of their teams are deeply involved. Further, when they are in the marketplace, they will also take responsibility for living out and making decisions that will be positive for the kingdom of God.

Several years ago Fuller Theological Seminary did a research project concerning the characteristics of a successful team leader in the local and church and what they discovered is that the same characteristics for a team leader matched up with the same characteristics for a church planter.[2] The characteristics are:

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  1. A Leader Must Have a Profound Sense of God’s Call and Purpose in their Life
  2. A Leader Must Grow in Their Relationship with God
  3. A Leader Must Be Compassionate
  4. A Leader Must Be Passionate
  5. A Leader Must Be Visionary
  6. A Leader Must Become Entrepreneurial
  7. A Leader Must Be Contextual
  8. A Leader Must Be a Planner
  9. A Leader Must Be a Lifelong Learner
  10. A Leader Must Be able to Delegate and Share Power with Others

In summary what these researchers discovered that Team Leaders have a deep sense of the Call of God, growing in relationship with Him, compassionate and passionate for others which denotes that they create a climate for relational community on their teams. They will be visionary, communicating leaders who are entrepreneurial, contextual, planners, and lifelong learners who delegate and empower people to live on mission in their everyday lives. It is a law of leadership that those closest to the leader will determine the success of that leader. Insecurity in a leader erodes effective empowerment of others as well as it destroys team morale because the insecurity in the “Primus* Leader” will tend to manifest behaviors of control which hinders trust of the leader by those on a team. Peter Drucker has stated, “No Executive leader ever suffered because his of her people were strong and effective.”* Leaders who are effective at developing other leaders understand that what they model before others is more important than what they say. When it comes to the discipleship and development of leaders much of it is “caught not just taught.”  Thus, the key to effective leadership is the health and strength of the leaders own sense of personal identity.


[1] Everett Anthony, A Leader Must Be a Delegator and Empowerer of Others, Like A Team .A Christian Resource for Teamwork Development electronic publication. http://likeateam.com/a-leader-must-be-a-delegator-and-empowerer-of-others-2/

[2] Ibid., http://likeateam.com/a-leader-must-be-a-delegator-and-empowerer-of-others-2/

  • Note: The use of his/her is not in the original quote. This is the Blog Authors desire to be gender inclusive.

  • Note: The use of the word primus is to denote the formal primary leader of influence on

    a team or in a an organization.

About PastorAl

Al Soto has been married to his incredible wife Valerie for 30 years and they have five sons and one grandson. Al has been in Local Church Ministry for 35 years as both as a Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and for five years as a Regional Overseer for his denomination. He has a BA degree from LIFE Pacific College and is currently completing an MA in Leadership & Spiritual Formation from Vanguard University. He currently resides in Lincoln, CA where he is the new Lead Pastor for one of the Campus locations for Bayside Church. He continues to coach High School Football for the Lincoln Fighting Zebras for the Junior Varsity Program and is facilitating Leadership training and coaching as well as facilitating Spiritual Retreats. His hobbies include Golfing and Scuba Diving as well as he is a veracious reader. His Life Statement is “Real Success is Helping others to Succeed!”
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