Leading Leaders

Every January, the congregational council of St. John sets aside to talk about the year ahead. We talk about our dreams for the future of St. John, about the specific duties of the various committees within the church, and what our time together will be like.

For the last two years, we have spent some time setting out our expectations of one another. Rather than a job description handed out by the pastor, the Council breaks into small groups and comes back what they think should be expected of council members. What we have come up with is extremely helpful set of expectations for leaders in our church.

A council member should:

  • Lead by example
  • Be regular in worship
  • Stand by his or her convictions
  • Be knowledgeable about the congregation
  • Be involved in the ministry of the congregation
  • Listen well, and often
  • Be open to new ideas and options
  • Be a team player / Support council decisions
  • Keep confidences
  • Be compassionate and caring
A council member should not:
  • Be uncompromising or hard-headed 
  • Focus only on the short team; be short-sighted
  • Have a personal agenda
  • Be indifferent or dismissive
  • Be unwilling to change