I was recently speaking with a pastor with over three decades of experience as a leader in the church. He is very talented, with much wisdom and insight in mission and ministry. He has strategic vision. “In the day,” he would simply be a benevolent dictator: a tactical leader. He would say, “We are going in this direction and we are doing this to get there.” In the last few years, the culture has changed enough so that many leaders and members in his congregation are not accepting his benevolence as a tactical leader.
This pastor is frustrated because he is fairly confident that his strategic vision is on target (and I would say it is pretty good as well). However, he is being told that he needs to have a process for collaboration in decision-making for real change to happen. [Read more…]