Called to Lead: Leading Transformation

Chapter 3 of John Roberto’s Faith Formation 2020 outlines six key leadership competencies that church leaders need : 1.) Becoming an adaptive leader 2.) Becoming an innovative leader 3.) Becoming a “Blue Ocean leader 4.) Becoming a Change Leader 5.) Becoming a Culturally Intelligent Leader 6.) Becoming a Curator of Content. Though these competencies are taken from different leadership theories, they have one thing in common – transformation. These kinds of leadership techniques help church leaders transform their church into one that has faith formation programming integrated into the fabric of the congregation’s life. Though it may be relatively easy to see this faith formation vision, it is much more difficult making it happen.

What are some of your best leadership techniques for helping bring about change in your local congregation?

3 comments on “Called to Lead: Leading Transformation

  1. Heidi Hulme on said:

    I was interested in these 6 competencies, as I have a little bit of each of them. Clearly, I need to work on all of them, otherwise our church might be in a different state than it is. I resonate more with being an adaptive leader. At an earlier time in my career, I worked solo. I knew where I was going, and headed there, whether people were on board or not. Then in one of my yearly reviews, I was told that some of the comments from people were that they didn’t volunteer because I didn’t listen to what they had to say, or the ideas that they had. I know this is true. Since then, (and after being a puddle on the floor for a night) I have worked very hard at being open to new things, and realizing that my ministry isn’t about me “ministering”, it is about God, and where the Spirit is leading. Everything that I do now, I hold up to the question, “Is this a place where God is leading?” If it isn’t, instead of just saying “no”, I ask more questions, work through the issue with a wider circle of people. My decisions are no longer about “where Heidi wants to go”, but where the Spirit wants our church to go. As an adaptive leader, I feel more comfortable and confident in my ministry. When new ideas are presented, or a current program/ministry is interrupted by something different than what is planned, I feel like I am better prepared to lead down a different path. Adapting to changing atmosphere, changing leadership-either lay or clergy-changing technology, is challenging, but rewarding. The more I practice adaptation, the easier it becomes. I even look forward to it with confidence and excitement.

  2. Nicole Havelka on said:

    Heidi, you make an excellent point that as religious leaders we must always be asking the question, “Where is God leading us?” and inviting others in our communities to do the same. The answer to that question almost never leads us to expected places — further encouraging us to “adapt.”

  3. Linda Cron on said:

    Wow! Another chapter to make me think. Like Heidi, I related to several of the descriptions. In the Building Roles section under the innovative leader I related to the The Experience Architect and the Set Designer. I love taking an idea and going creative with it. My teaching background supports the “setting up the environment” and the “creating a memorable experience” to relate and to learn. The Blue Ocean concept was intriguing to me. Too often I hear our congregation wailing on what’s holding us back. Our church started in a prominent, new side of town many years ago. Today we are smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood with more than 50% poverty level, multi cultural, somewhat run down, and few church attenders. Maybe if we looked at this “limited area” as something to tap into and view as our blue ocean we would begin to see possibilities rather than liabilities!

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