Probably most of us have never thought of leadership as a currency of stewardship, but a closer look will reveal just how important it is for the effective stewardship of our God-given resources. Knowing how to empower members to share their gifts and experiences and to do it in a way that is beneficial to the community is crucial.
As Eric Law puts it in his book “Holy Currencies”, “Gracious leaders think of their leadership roles as water. They use their skills, knowledge, experiences, and disciplines to “flow” through a community, interacting and connecting different people, groups or gifts, thereby causing new things to happen.” Gracious leaders know how to generate and use all of the Holy Currencies. They help create gracious environments within which mutually respectful relationships and the discernment of truth across differences can be built among members and the wider community as well.
Investing in developing our ministry leaders at all levels is vital for building an effective parish ministry. Gracious leaders typically don’t grow on trees but are nurtured and developed through modeling, adopting biblical principles and values, and taking opportunities to learn. Good stewardship then includes the development of the gifts and skills of all our members and especially of those who have leadership functions.
In thinking about leaders, don’t just focus on clergy or vestry members. In a sense any of us who are seeking to influence God’s people towards God’s purposes are acting as leaders. This means that we all need to consider committing to mentoring or training that will enable us to be part of the gracious leadership pool of Trinity. For us as a church to be truly missional and move towards greater sustainability, we need to invest time and funds in the development of effective leadership.