Are you a boss, a leader, or a builder?
The distinctions have a lot to do with not only your church health, but your ability to adapt to church organizations as a church leader.
Change happens. Great leaders know that. The problems is…poor leaders don’t.
They aren’t leaders, they are bosses. Boss were great for running a certain type of church or ministry organization, but if change is needed, then a boss won’t due. Even leaders will struggle. The demands of this era require a builder.
As models and methods of church leadership and management become outdated (in some cases broken) and misaligned with the current needs of our churches, church leaders who remain stuck in outdated or misaligned leadership strategies are left with very a very limited set of responses.They can adjust, repair, and re-align the old model the best they can, but it is usually never enough to keep pace with the change require.
They end up simply repairing a model that is no longer effective. Instead of fixing broken organizations, what is needed is to build better organizations..or in the case of church plants, new organizations.
What leaders ‘lead’ are yesterday’s organizations. But yesterday’s organizations… are broken.Today’s biggest human challenge isn’t leading broken organizations slightly better. It’s building better organizations in the first place.
It isn’t about leadership: it’s about “buildership”, or what I often refer to as Constructivism.
Leadership is the art of becoming, well, a leader. Constructivism, in contrast, is the art of becoming a builder — of new institutions.
If what is desired is to build a new organization, what will be needed are builders. I have taken to using the term “architect” to describe my senior ministry leaders…those who are building with me. They are builders.
Umaik contrasts the boss, the leader, and the builder:
|The Boss||The Leader||The Builder|
|drives group members||coaches them||learns from them|
|depends upon authority||depends on good will||depends on good|
|inspires fear||inspires enthusiasm||is inspired– by changing the world|
|says “I”||says, “We”||says, “all”- people, communities, and society|
|assigns the task||sets the pace||sees the outcome|
|says, “Get there on time”||gets there ahead of time||makes sure “getting there” matters|
|fixes blame for the breakdown||fixes the breakdown||prevents the breakdown|
|knows how||shows how||shows why|
|makes work drudgery||makes work a game||organizes love, not work|
|says, “Go”||says, “Let’s go”||says, “come”|
The builder watches and learns, for the builder is both teacher and student. Most importantly, the builder harnesses the love. For it is the love, the love Jesus and the love for others that drives us all forward to build the church or ministry of tomorrow.
The builder harnesses that love…and leadership begins with love.