There’s an awful lot of talk out there about leadership. There are no shortage of opportunities to learn and grow as a leader and pastor. But there’s not as much talk about being a leader when you aren’t “the leader.” Leading from second is all about the guy in the second chair. Specifically the person in the role of a campus pastor at a multi-site church. You are the leader at your campus, but you aren’t the leader of the church. This role brings about the most unique dynamics in the church landscape. And let’s be honest, it’s not that simple. Lead From Second will explore this dynamic and provide insight from those who are currently serving or who have served in that role.
Andy Stanley recently said that “the future of the church is multi-site.” I agree with him in that statement. That said, in the future there will be a greater need for Biblical, God-centered, visionary leaders who are able to lead well from second chair. Men who are able to lead well but follow even better. If you can’t follow well, you can’t lead well. If you can’t follow well, the role of campus pastor will be more a burden than life-giving. If you can’t follow well, you can easily begin to resent your role and those who lead you.
We don’t want to get to that point. My goal and prayer for you as a campus pastor, or soon-to-be campus pastor, is that you will be ahead of that curve. That you will be preparing your heart and soul now for leading from second. Preparing for the unique dynamic that exists when you have to cast another’s vision and make it your own at the same time. When many will look to you as the leader because they see your face weekly, but at the same time pointing to another as the leader.
So let’s connect and team up as we all learn how to better lead from second.
Hope to hear from you soon.