There are three main types of organizational leadership. Today, I’m talking about these three types of leadership in the context of the church, but I could as just as well be talking about any organization.
When it comes to leadership in the church, there are three primary questions we need to ask:
- Who chooses the leaders? The pastor(s)? Elders? Board?
- What makes someone a leader? Talent? Skill? Giftedness? Calling? The fact that they have a pulse?
- How should leaders lead? In other words, what should be their driving engine? How should they make decisions and lead others in that way?
The answers to these three questions form the foundation of the three types of leadership. However, what churches often don’t recognize is that the book of Acts in the New Testament of the Bible shows how the coming of the Holy Spirit changes the answers to all of these questions.