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View Transitional Leadership Teams First and Second Years in a Church Plant

From Church Planting Landmines
Tom Nebel and Gary Rohrmayer

Principles:
Because you don’t know who really buys into you and into the specific vision of the church plant and because you don’t know the character or spiritual leadership of your growing core team, here are key principles:
    1.    Multiple leadership phases are recommended before the official leaders are elected.  (We don’t want the “cement to set” too early – we want to continue to mix in new people.  Or, to change the metaphor, we want to keep more lives developing and feeding new life to the growth of the church.)
    2.    Church-sounding nomenclature should be avoided.
    3.    Titles which imply permanence (such as “board”) should be avoided.  Don’t give titles, instead invite people to get involved in ministry.
    4.    A clear purpose and time-frame for each phase must exist.
    5.    A changing of the guard must occur at each phase.  Many new leaders will come with future growth.  They’re not all there at the start.
        a.  You can find some leaders from outside your core in the first two phases.  This is particularly helpful if you don’t have many leaders to choose from at the outset.  Some of these outside leaders (or advisors) could be a trusted friend of the planter, another church planter or pastor in the area, missional leaders from the parent/partner churches.
        b.  The multi-phase approach can allow middle adopters to get into leadership; since they often will not be willing in the earliest stage.
    6.    Be looking for spiritual fruit and specific giftedness from individuals at each phase.  Use an annual evaluation of leaders to help determine fruitfulness and help them know what is expected.  (see end)  Don’t be hasty in the laying of hands…  I Timothy 5:22

Phase I: PAT – the Pastor’s Advisory Team
    -  to help the planter make key decisions up until the Launch of the Church (phase 4 of the 4-stage launch)
    -  included in this group is someone who will work as the financial assistant to write checks and make financial reports.
    -  included also is someone who will tally the offerings (with another volunteer) and make desposits.

Phase II: TLT – the Transitional Leadership Team
    -  After the Launch of the church, the PAT meets one more time to celebrate and be dissolved.
    -  The planter will prayerfully consider a new TLT to continue to help the planter with big decisions, prepare the church for receiving members and getting ready to approve the Leadership Team constitution.  Some from the PAT will be invited onto the TLT, but others will step aside to make room for new leaders.

Phase III: LT – the Leadership Team
    -  When the church receives their first members and adopts the Leadership Team constitution, the TLT members will meet once more to celebrate progress.  At the church business meeting where the new leaders are elected, the TLT members will be thanked.
    -  The duties of the LT are spelled out in the LT constitution of the ECC.

Evaluation and Annual Check-up of Leaders:

The Church Planter needs to work with their leaders and evaluate them in 4 areas.  Give each leader the following list and then meet with them one-on-one to evaluate the past year and to set goals for the upcoming year:
    1.    Who am I?  What is my role on the team?  What is God calling me to do?  AND, how am I contributing to the team?
    2.    Who are we?  As a church, what is our unique calling?  AND, how am I helping or hindering the church in this unique calling?
    3.    Who is coming along?  How am I developing as a leader?  What do I need from the point leader to do better?  Am I developing at least one other leader – and what am I doing to help them grow as a leader?
    4.    Where are we going?  What is our primary destination?  What should be the result?  AND, how am I helping us get to our goal(s)?
    5.    How are we going to get there?  What specific methods and processes will be use?  AND, what is my unique contribution?

 

 

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