Working Relationships: Leaders and Managers
Notes from WCA’s Defining Moments: FAQs Posed to Seasoned Pastors
“On our ministry teams we have both managers and leaders, each making important, different contributions. How can managers and leaders work together without one dominating the other and without driving each other crazy?”
It is always going to be a dance – these are two fundamentally different functions.
The leader is setting direction, inspiring, motivating and making the kind of decisions that lead church into its tomorrow.
The manager is trying to harness the energy that is created by the vision and action that the leader stirs up, and is trying to turn chaos into order and predictability so that the church can function day to day.
These two functions are generally done by very different types of people. It’s about mutual respect – the relationship should get better over time.