Leadership Style of a Church Planter

The other day, someone asked me what my leadership style was. I drew a complete blank.

I do have a style. I am sure I do. I just cannot tell you what it is.

If I was asked the same question 6 or 7 years ago, I would have been able to clearly articulate my leadership style. Visionary, inspiring, innovative, a team player, and did I mention visionary and inspiring? The only problem being that 6 or 7 years ago, I didn’t lead very much at all.

Having planted a site of a church in Manchester and seen it grow from no people to a number of people, I am now unable to answer the question about my leadership style.

In the last 5 years I have become less sure of myself. I am less confident in myself.

This isn’t a cry for sympathy, because I am now happier. We have been through a few difficult times, a few excellent times, lots of normal times and we are still here!

When you plant a church, you don’t really get to specialise. You do lots of everything. You have to appeal to as many people as possible, because you need them to join and bring their friends. So you adjust your style to any number of differing situations. Consequently, I am a midfielder. I can charge forward to attack, hang back and defend and patrol the centre ground.

I think my leadership style is that I am doing the best I can with what’s in front of me.