Introductory Articles on Elder Leadership

Introductory Articles on Elder Leadership

Please don’t rush past this introduction to the subject of effective elder leadership to get to the ‘bottom line’ of suggestions for more effective meetings!

Yes, there are simple, practical habits we can develop to meet more effectively when we gather as an eldership. But without a healthy environment for elder leadership, suggestions for “simple, practical habits” are pointless. Who cares if we meet efficiently if we can’t lead effectively? And effective leadership is far more dependent on the leadership environment than on the ways in which we structure and run our meetings.

This series of seven articles addresses:

  1. Understanding a theology of collective leadership—why, ultimately, shepherding must be a group activity
  2. Developing an appreciation for and seeing the potential of elders’ meetings—why it is that, when we expect little, we usually hit what we aim at
  3. The relational context of effective shepherding—loving each other isn’t a leadership luxury
  4. Shepherding characteristics that translate into effective meeting attitudes—maybe Paul is smarter than we give him credit for!
  5. The “vision component”—there are no effective meetings without a shared focus and clear priorities
  6. Who should sit at the leadership table—a plea for ministerial inclusion
  7. A theology of communal discernment—how the wisdom of the many outweighs the wisdom of the few (or the one)
© 2012 by Tim Woodroof. Reproduction of this material requires permission from the author.