An interesting article by David Briggs.
Before any church can appoint a pastor it needs to have a clear sense of vision; i.e. who it is and where it is going. Without this sense of vision, clarified and articulated by the community of God’s people, the church is not in a position to discern the right person to lead them towards it. The work of reflecting, discerning and articulating the vision of the church really belongs to the lay leadership in their capacity as representatives of the whole body. This is collective work and work for the long term. The vision of a congregation is broader and longer term than the tenure of any one pastor. It is the basis for selecting, empowering and reviewing the pastor.
Many of us received the sad new of the unexpected passing of John Mallison this past week. John was a key leader in Australia in training small group leaders and mentors. In fact he pioneered the way for many years. His life influenced many including my own.
An interview with him on mentoring is recorded here: