15 Qualities Needed for Change in Church Leaders

-Committed to fulfilling the vows of local church membership. -Knowledge of denominational system.

-Passionate about their area of service.

-Has communication skills on multiple levels.

-Approachable and available.

-Ability to set up networks involving others (A leader works collaboratively to honor the ideas, skills and experience of co-workers, involving them in consensus decision-making when possible).

-Willingness to be held accountable and to hold others accountable.

-Possesses the gift of gathering.

-Ability to rethink church.

-Connected to a local church as well as other local church leaders.

-Understands and is able to dialogue about what is and is not working in the denomination and local church.

-Able to articulate the strategic direction of the church.

-Strategic thinker (Axiom: While managers work on doing things right, a leader works on doing the right things).

-Is an instrument of change.  When the current approach isn't getting the results needed, a leader may take prudent risks in seeking alternative approaches, use of different resources, a different direction or a make significant intervention to change the environment.

-Works on self-improvement, seeking new skills and new ideas to add to her/his abilities.  This applies to managerial skills as well as to theological/spiritual knowledge and perspectives.