Growing Plans by Lyle E. Schaller

By Lyle E. Schaller

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The effective pastor is not nondirective. The effective pastor is a quarterback who is an active participant in every part of the strategy, not a coach on the sidelines. The effective pastor accepts the responsibility of leading, of initiating, of motivating, of planning ahead, but does not carry the ball on every play. The effective pastor in the middle-sized congregation needs to be able to trust the other players on the team. The effective pastor should not try to do it all, but must see to it that everything does get done, and that means trusting other people.

By how he responds, what he says, and how he states his response to this conversation, Paul Corbett will express an attitude, a value system, and some personal goals. Second, the members of this Long-Range Planning Committee expect the senior minister to suggest a sense of direction, to lead, and to move this dicussion to the next page. The larger the size of the congregation, the stronger the lay volunteers' expectation that the pastor will be an initiating leader. In the typical large, growing church, the pastor usually is both a nurturing personality and a very strong and aggressive leader.

North Church was organized to serve a relatively homogeneous population moving to that new neighborhood right after World War II. Today the building is located in the middle of a heterogeneous collection of residents. Very few geographical parishes serve a heterogeneous collection of people. A similar redefinition of role appears to be in order at the Readstown Church. Instead of rehashing the merger, it would be more productive to identify the distinctive resources, assets, and strengths of that merged congregation.

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