Lead everyone or lead your favourite few?

One leadership question arising from theĀ Organisation of the Modern Anglican Benefice is this:\r\n

“If you are a church leader, who are you leading?”

\r\nIt is easy to focus leadership efforts in church on a small group of core committed people.\r\n

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  • A group who ‘get it’.
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  • A group who will move forward willingly, not kicking and screaming.
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\r\nIt is hard to lead across the levels of membership.\r\n

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  • A wide spectrum of people, from the uncommitted to the core member.
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  • A group who have different needs pastorally, theologically, socially.
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\r\nIf the choice is made to lead only a few in the church, and not the whole church, then this leadership can be called many things.\r\n

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  • It can be called leading enthusiastic young adults.
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  • It can be called leading those who want to be led.
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\r\nBut if most of the church aren’t being led there’s one thing it can’t be called:\r\n\r\n… it can’t be called church leadership.