Leadership Approaches – Leading in Subordinate Roles

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Part of the follow ministry resources: Christian Leadership, Empowerment, Transformational Leadership


Often church leaders, though seemingly in positions of significant influence, actually wield that influence more through moral authority than positional authority. They must work through boards, multiple staffs, and other structures that when properly managed improve the consensual and team-oriented quality of congregational leadership, but when improperly managed become constraining, limiting, and controlling. This is especially true for associate staff roles and for women in ministry.

Fortunately, there is help. Some of the materials below are specifically addressed to associate staff roles, while others are more generic. I have listed them in alphabetical order and hope that the descriptions and summaries will help readers select the volume(s) that will be more helpful to them. If you do not find what you need here, consult the sections on difficult relationships and conversations, leading with questions and ministry teams/staff for more help.

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Special Focus on Associate Staff Roles

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