(2013) Mission Critical Hunch #2

If we want to expand from a Gathering-Centric Program to Holistic Cultivation, we must strengthen & diversify our leadership staff to include a Pastor/Shepherd.

As Steward Team has explored options for expanding The ODC Staff, two options have surfaced as the most viable roles.

First we could expand to include an Administrator to sustain or even enhance what is.  The problem is that "what is" doesn't seem to be leading us in the direction of holistic cultivation and is extending us beyond our capacities.

Our second option is to expand to include a Pastor/Shepherd to support us as we take new steps into our future.

"But wait...isn't Jer our Pastor?!"

Absolutely.  Yes.  But I am a certain kind of pastor.

In Ephesians 4:11-12, Paul offers a picture of the servant leadership of a local church for the sake of its unity, maturity, & mission-living.  The great surprise is that, rather than describing the characteristics and qualifications for one person, he offers a constellation of five different kinds of leaders.

The Apostle: Pioneer, Innovator, Activator, Vision-Caster, Direction, Mission                   The Prophet: Truth Teller, Growth, Transformation, Faithfulness                                        The Evangelist: Inspirer, Networker, Host, Recruiter                                                               The Teacher: Integrates Word & Life, Wisdom, Systemizer, Instructor                                The Pastor/Shepherd: Nurturer, Soul-Care, People-Developer, Unifier, Community Developer

According the leadership constellation that Paul offers, I am an apostolic leader that teaches.  This doesn't mean that I'm not pastoral.  What it means is that I am a Kingdom-entrepreneur who gives my life to imagining a better, flourishing future & equipping and mobilizing men and women into God's mission for the sake of the watching world.  I'm someone who pushes the envelope on where & how the lived & narrated Gospel could go.  It also means that I don't spend my life investing in the soul-care & belonging of the people on the mission.

A Pastor/Shepherd is one who focuses on the mission by attending to the soul-care & development of the people who are on the mission. This is someone uniquely gifted to help us draw on God’s strength to live out what He’s calling us to. This person helps us pay attention to moments of dissonance, transition, & burn out, and celebrates victories with us. A Pastor/Shepherd helps to cultivate our rootedness as we weave together to extend further.

After exploring both options, our hunch is that by adding the leadership of a Pastor/Shepherd to our staff, we will become more complete as a community and, as a result, more and more people will become cultivated to follow Jesus into the lives of more people in the East Bay & Beyond.

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