Some very simple and helpful stuff from Graham Cray on the leadership qualities required in Fresh Expressions and mission
a number of principles will ensure that the leadership is appropriate.
Fresh expressions are both birthed and sustained, through
discernment, and obedience to the missionary Spirit who is always ahead
of us. So prayer and attentiveness to the leading of the Spirit must be
central. Whenever you are not sure, stop and pray. Even more important
whenever you are very sure, stop and pray!
Be a vision bearer. Help the fresh expression to remain true to its
founding vision and values. Above all accept the responsibility to keep
it missional, rather than settle into a pattern of life that is self
serving. If possible ensure that serving others, beyond its own
membership, is a regular and constitutive part of belonging to the fresh
Don't mistake leadership for control. Hold it lightly, encouraging
others to exercise gifts you do not have, and create space for those who
develop gifts similar to your own. Invest in people so can one day do
better than you, because they build on what you have established. Always
be on the look out for the next generation of leadership, rather than
always trying to fill vacancies. There is only one person in overall
control of a fresh expression of church. He is called Jesus and he is
present through the Holy Spirit.
Have the courage to challenge inappropriate behaviour by team
members, if it is damaging the ministry of the fresh expression, but
never forget how patient God is with you.
Above all, set an example. We never expect people to do what we are not prepared to do
ourselves. In the New Testament authority in leadership comes by the
power of personal and corporate example, rooted in the example of
Reading that list, it looks like pretty much the same list of leadership qualities that are required in any church. Because the CofE is being forced to think again about church, mission and leadership by the Fresh Expressions movement, the thinking from that should be informing all of the CofE, not just those bits that are involved in mission.
And none of these 5 qualities require that you have a dog collar.