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Led by Leaders in the Context of Teams: At Living Faith we are led by leaders and not by commitees. At the same time, leadership teams exist in every part of the life of the church.

God has given each of us the right gifts so we can fulfill His particular will for our lives.

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. (1 Cor. 12:11-12)

God made each of us what we are: our personalities, our gifts and talents, our experiences all contribute to the unique individuals that we are now. We need to be who we are, and to do it well!

In a team, we can have those who are strong in leadership characteristics and those who are strong in management characteristics and those in-between. As each person finds his appropriate place in the flow of things, the team will do well.

If the team, however, makes all the visionary, "big-picture" decisions by unanimous agreement (if that is one's conception of "team leadership"), then many times those decisions will be the wrong ones since they will be made by managers, whose abilities and priorities are fundamentally different from leaders.

We need balance in the team. The leaders need to make the leadership decisions. The managers need to make the management decisions. Together it works very well.

Often, managers in a team will want the leader or leaders to be "accountable." Certainly the leader must be accountable. But this is not accomplished by putting managers in charge of the leader's decisions! If that happens, the organization will never get anywhere.

Thus, what is popularly called "team leadership" in many circles is, in reality, "team management."

Managers should allow leaders to make the leadership decisions, and leaders should allow managers to make management decisions. And those with a strong leadership-management mix in their abilities should clearly understand the nature of the particular decision that is before them and make that decision accordingly. For more on this subject please see Leaders & Managers: SpiritBuilt Leadership #5 by Malcolm Webber.

Accountability: A team of elders oversees, in a general way, the life of the church. In addition, the senior pastor is formally accountable to two brothers who are outside of Living Faith - they have the legal power to remove him from leadership if such an action became necessary. Thus, at Living Faith we hold a strong balance between giving leaders the necessary authority to lead effectively without their hands being tied by the endless politics of committe-bound church systems, and maintaining an effective structure of accountabiity for the safety of the people and the integrity of the ministry.

Our structure may not be for everyone, but it works very well for us!