Leadership Team co-Members and Friends

Can they be the same people?

If you have been a member of a church leadership team, whether a staff team, a governing board, or a ministry leadership team, you know that it is not untypical for these leadership groups to have a different "feel" than your mid-week small group. The type of Biblical relational community that is emphasized in your mid-week small group may or may not be present in your leadership group.

One thing I have noticed about leadership teams is that relationships tend to be "messier" and generally less connected than in small groups. There are a lot of reasons for this. Many times, there is more pressure and more expectations put upon leadership groups. Leadership group members typically have a large span of care that does not always include their leadership team members. They may have other groups they lead besides the primary leadership team. Also, small groups generally form by invitation and commonly involve pre-existing relationships, whereas church leadership teams generally form by appointment, election, or employment. You do not often get to pick and choose whom you want to be on a leadership team like you get to pick who is in your small group! Finally, and perhaps most sadly, some vocational ministry leaders are coached by mentors not to form close relationships with fellow leaders in the church to minimize the pain of having to sever those ties when the next "ministry calling" comes along.

With that said, should the relational dynamics in a leadership team be any different from those in a small group? Sometimes church leaders do not make the best small group leaders, but that does not mean they are exempt from living in Christian community.

It may depend on the purpose of the team, but the question I come back to is: Should ...

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