In recent years we have entered into lengthy discussions about how worship, spiritual formation, and evangelism are transitioning in the church. However, the most crucial area of transition, leadership, has received minimal attention. For more than 35 years, I have been overseeing the ministry of young InterVarsity staff and college student leaders. In that time I have seen a significant swing in how these young leaders view leadership. The emerging generation of leaders desires a context that fosters community, trust, journey, vision, and empowerment.
If we are going to transition the church to the next generation, both existing and emerging leaders will need to understand and appreciate each other's values. This quiz, developed in conjunction with the editors of Leadership, is a helpful start.
This tool is intended to foster dialogue between older and younger leaders about their divergent views and contribute to greater understanding between the generations. No test can fully reveal the nuances that exist within an entire generation, and you may agree with more than one answer for a question. Mark the answer that best fits your approach to leadership.
A. The predominant role of the senior pastor should be to
- Facilitate a team of diversely gifted peers
- Manage and set the vision for the organization
- Preach and care for the congregation
B. Evangelism happens best in
- Coffee shops where relationships are fostered
- Worship services where relevant teaching is encountered
- Special events where gifted evangelists proclaim the gospel
C. Leaders foster spiritual growth best by
- Training others in personal spiritual disciplines
- Creating programs that address specific life issues
- Teaching correct doctrine and biblical knowledge