Four Leadership Paradigms
Posted on March 19, 2019 10:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Steve Hopkins, the SCBO’s Biblical Teaching and Leadership Group Leader, draws four paradigms using Jesus’ parable of new wineskins. In which church are you?
This gives you an insight on where to start:
- Old wine/old wineskins: Riveted to the status quo, highly resistant to change
- New wine / old wineskins: Great ideas are known, but old structures and systems can interfere
- Old wine / new wineskins: Tradition-bound thinking within new structures
- New wine / new wineskins: Church members are making disciple-makers as they are uninhibited, empowered to do it non-stop, and celebrated along the way.
“Moving to a culture for making disciple-makers in many traditional, legacy churches, may be tough to implement,” Hopkins said. “Be patient—and brutally honest.”
Andy Stanley, an Atlanta pastor, once led a workshop on “system dynamics” at Exponential, an annual conclave for church planting. He said, “The chatter in the hall trumps the vision statement on the wall.” Do people actually trust what’s going on and reinforce it with their behaviors? What impedes or accelerates progress?
Change for change’s sake just swaps one set of problems for another. However, when we align with the Holy Spirit’s leadership and do the will of God, then making disciple-makers becomes valuable, desired, and fruitful in a way that exalts the name of Jesus.
--Mark Snowden is the director of missional leadership for the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association