APOSTOLIC OR PASTORAL CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP?
Last week our good friend, John Jackson, President of William Jessup University (an awesome Christian school) here in the Sacramento Area, posted the following on his Facebook page:
Having conversations about my love of the church. Here is my question: Is your church an aircraft carrier or a car wash? Think about it.
I responded with the following comment, and I think it’s a good lead in to the video we are including today.
Hi John. We were talking today in our Pastor’s Coach MasterClass about shifting from a pastoral leadership focus to an apostolic leadership focus. Pastoral seeks to gather, care, feed and keep (which is absolutely necessary) whereas apostolic seeks to gather, train and send. Both are important and needed, but we see that the biblical model is that the apostolic must lead – but in much of the modern church the pastoral has dominated the leadership. That’s unbalanced. Apostolic is like an aircraft carrier – launching missions that impact the enemy and bring relief.
Pastoral is more like the car wash or hospital, cleaning and healing what you have. Both are important but if the church is mostly pastoral it will be inward focused whereas if the apostolic is primary and is coordinating the other giftings including pastoral, then the church will be mission-minded and will grow in both quantity AND quality. (He liked it!)
This is SUCH an important topic… and it hits on some of the major principles that we see over and over in the Bible, and that we present as the foundations of our philosophy of ministry: Leaders need to train up others for ministry. If you are a pastor and you’re doing all the work…. You’re the one visiting everyone in the hospital, you’re the one leading all the meetings, you’re the one up on the stage doing everything…. You are missing the point and your church will not be able to grow because you can only do so much as one person. But if you can learn the principle of multiplication, and understand the need for apostolic leadership in addition to pastoral leadership, then your church can grow and keep growing.
We’ve got a MasterClass, Developing Powerful Leaders, that just started, which addresses this head on. The first coaching call was last Wed and it was over-the-top great! We got so many comments from veteran pastors to newbies, that the class was eye-opening and empowering! Michael covered so much… It was so good, we wanted to give you an excerpt and encourage you to sign up for the MasterClass if you haven’t already.