Leadership and Church Structure
Book by Dennis D. Moses
Comprehensive material on Leadership everyone should read, whether you are in a position of leadership or not!!
Introduction Reason for this book God Given Confirmation Need for Structure "Stir up your pure minds..." My Aim! Chapter 1 Scriptural Structure Leadership Example Proper Order Elements of a proper structure Properly Placed Chapter 2 The Leadership Role The Team Called to Leadership Setting Leaders into Office Launching Ministries Hindrances to Ministry Purposes for Ministry Principles of Leadership (7) Characteristics of a Leader (7) Interactions of Leaders Priorities and Relationships In Conclusion Chapter 3 The Pastor Who is the Pastor? Scriptural Support Office of Pastor Summary Chapter 4 Other Leadership Ministries Elders Definition Qualifications Duties of Elders A Work Honorable and Good Deacons Definition Qualifications Duties of Deacons An Acquired Standing Other Supportive Ministries From the Five-fold Ministries From the Supportive Gifts Conclusion Chapter 5 The Congregation Placed by God Characteristics of a Strong Congregation Called to Minister Pastor's Responsibility The Result Chapter 6 Governmental Structure Explanation To Write or Not to Write Defining the Structure Check the Internet The Incorporation Articles of Incorporation By-Laws Policy and Procedures Manual Board of Directors and Officers Agents Advisory Council Tax and IRS Status Summary Chapter 7 The Finished Work Appendix A Articles of Incorporation Appendix B Restated Articles of Incorporation Appendix C Constitution and By-Laws Appendix D Syllabus (Full teaching outline of each chapter.)
I argued with God, I really did. When it became obvious that He was directing me to write this material, I stood like Moses at the burning bush voicing reasons why I was not the one. He reminded me that I had been trained my entire ministry for what needed to be said, and that when the book was successful it would be because of Him. I realized that the burden had been placed, and it was not going away, so I asked for His anointing as I took up the pen. He honored that request, covering me as I worked on this book with the same anointing I felt when I preached.
Paul said in Eph. 4:1, “I beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” My question is, “How can anyone do so if he is not equipped?” My greatest desire is for leaders to be equipped with tools that will give them everything necessary to be effective in their leadership roles. I want to pass on some of the practical experiences of leadership that I have had in my years of ministry, giving examples that would keep others from having to learn some lessons the way I had to…by “hard knocks.” (These experiences are highlighted in the book by grayed in boxes.) I also hope to encourage lay persons to support and work with their leaders.
Through the years the church has been divided over many things. Leadership principles should not be one of them. I have attempted to present a scriptural view of this subject, taking care to not “denominationalize” it. In doing so, I will only define the pieces of church structure, leaving the utilization of these pieces to the leading of the Holy Spirit. An entire chapter will be spent discussing what it means to be a leader — understanding the call, knowing the commitment, placing leaders into office, launching ministries, developing principles of leadership, recognizing the characteristics of a godly leader. Discussion will include things that can hinder our effectiveness, and explore topics that oftentimes might be skirted — authority, submission, priorities and relationships. I will define the role of the pastor, look at the ministry of elders, deacons, and other leadership areas in the church. And I will not leave out the congregation, rather discuss their supporting role in seeing the vision of the ministry carried out. Lastly, I will define the “legal” or governmental structure of the corporation, supply some examples and suggestions for how it’s structure can be properly (and scripturally) implemented.
This book has been written with the support and backing of my pastor and church. The material has been thoroughly scrutinized by godly men. I wrote it with the words of the prophet Habakkuk ringing in my heart, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it”. Now I submit it with this prayer on my lips, “God, anoint it to the reader’s heart as fervently as you did the writer.”