Developing Leaders -- how does it happen in pastorates?
One of the most exciting things about pastorates is that they are a powerful engine for developing leaders -- real leaders who are capable of doing real ministry, not just answering a series of questions about a biblical text. I’m certainly not against biblical knowledge. However, the Bible is not intended just to inform us but to transform us.
Over time the pastorate develops leaders not through a churchwide program, but through a web of relationships. When failures happen (and they will) the pastorate can be a generous, gracious place to help pick the potential leader up, dust him or her off, and encourage him or her to try again.