The Six Levels of Leadership

Episode #009
June 14, 2013
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Podcast Episode #009

We explore the six levels of leadership found in my book Breakout Churches. Originally based on Jim Collins’ Good to Great, Breakout Churches explores the reasons churches moved from decline to breakout growth. One common factor in breakout growth was outstanding leadership.
When we finished processing the data for the book, we found a distinct correlation between the 6 levels of leadership and characteristics found in the first seven chapters of Acts:

  • Acts 1: The Called Leader
  • Acts 2: The Contributing Leader
  • Acts 3: The Outwardly-Focused Leader
  • Acts 4: The Passionate Leader
  • Acts 5: The Bold Leader
  • Acts 6/7: The Legacy Leader

Acts 6/7 leadership is desperately needed. May we all strive to become Acts 6/7 leaders by God’s grace and for His glory.

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Listener Questions

From Caleb – What would you say to a young leader in a church that shows many signs of being in decline? As a pastor in his 20s on staff with 4 other older (some much older) pastors how do I influence the culture when my position does not lend itself to influence? When does the time come to invest my energy in another ministry rather than in a culture of a declining church?
From Joseph – Is a leadership position meant for everyone?
From Ken – How do you motivate church leaders, like deacons who have been in a rut for many years, only taking care of the “business” part of the church?


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