Healthy and Unhealthy Models of Pastoral Leadership

   This Information was taken  from a handout in

Dr. Steve Martyn's "Spirituality of Leadership" class

in the Doctor of Ministry Program

at Asbury Theological Seminary on July 13-17, 1998.


Standard Model of Pastoral Leadership

1. Meet the needs of the flock through:

  • Visitation
  • Availability
  • Counseling​
  • Crisis care

2. Administer the Organization through:

  • Heavy committee involvement
  • Continual administrative detail
  • Filling positions within the structure.

3. Preach/Teach

little time given to study and preparation

4. Some directed programming:

  • mostly canned, handed down programs
  • very little time left for directed programming

5. Ministry Beyond the local church:

  • Some community involvement
  • Some connectional involvement


“2nd” Wave Model of Pastoral Leadership

1. Your primary commitment is to follow Christ through:

  • Faithful devotional living
  • Fidelity to your family
  • Visionary leadership of the flock

2. You are foremost an Ephesians 4 pastor equipping the laity to:

  • Visit
  • Counsel
  • Provide care
  • Flow in their spiritual gifts

3. Out of devotional living flows

  • preaching/teaching that feeds the flock
  • direction in common and in private that inspirationally leads the flock forward in Christ

4. Ministry arises out of the local church through:

  • laity discovering and exercising their spiritual gifts
  • local body consciously seeking God’s direction through prayer
  • decreasing administrative groups and increasing ministry groups

5. The local church then becomes a light house for its region.

  • it blesses its community
  • it blesses its Annual Conference
  • it blesses the world