What Kind of Leaders do Housing Schemes Need?

What Kind of Leaders do Housing Schemes Need?

Before we kick off let’s take ‘Bible believing’, ‘gospel loving’ and ‘evangelical’ as axioms 🙂 If we are to make any progress in housing schemes then we must be encouraging and growing the following types of leaders:

1. They must be able to see what other people cannot see. Where normal people see a problem, a visionary leader will see an opportunity.

2. They must be risk takers. This is not the same as being foolish or unwise but it is a fearlessness that trusts in God however it may look to more cautious outsiders. A risk taker’s first thought is not, ‘I must take this back to the committee’.

3. They must be able to communicate the vision to other people in a way that is winsome, inspiring and believable. They need to inspire followers, envision fellow leaders and recruit potential candidates. If we can’t communicate it people won’t get it.

4. They must have a workable plan and strategy to achieve what they want to do. How will we get from where we are now to where we want to be?

5. They must have a real spirit of perseverance for when the going gets tough, flexibility for when plans change at the last-minute, and spontaneity for when opportunities arise at the last second.

6. Related to the above, can they adapt their plans to changing circumstances and failed outcomes?

7. Are they able to train future leaders to carry the baton on into the future?

8. Can they lead, carry, encourage, motivate, equip, discipline and empower a team in order to get the job done and release people into their right spheres of ministry?

9. Can they take the tough decisions when people cannot find complete agreement and own them when they call it wrong and be humble when they call it right (although a little crowing is healthy for the banter :))

Our schemes need entrepreneurial, inventive, evangelistic, Godly, faithful, biblical ‘go getters’ if we are to reclaim some of the ground we have lost over the last 25 years. That over excited, fringe man or woman who feel frustrated by a lack of opportunity might actually be suited to an environment where they are given free rein over their creative and evangelistic desires. They might also be a nightmare. That’s the risk. Maybe its the people we think of least that might have the most to offer in an inner city housing scheme.

Pray for the Lord to send out workers for fields like ours that are more than ripe for harvest.

Thanks again for the notes adapted from a lecture given by Terry Gyger (a true church planting hero) at Redeemer Presbyterian, NY.



    Random thought, connected with your post. Do you have any thoughts on why evangelicals seem so reluctant to do anything that methodologically is a bit “out of the box” or different? It just strikes me that we have the most robust theology and faith in the sovereignty of God and yet when it comes to trying different things to reaching different people or taking risks or doing church a bit differently etc we are ultra-conservative. It should be the other way around don’t you think – the liberals have it all to conserve because their theology is so open to “revision”. Evangelicals, in theory, have it a solid-confidence (faith) in the Word, the Sovereignty of God, the truth of the gospel etc. surely we should be most likely to be prepared to question everything else in our methodology and for the sake of the gospel risk it all to reach the lost?

    Is this a rant? Sorry, got a bit away from me there. Would love to hear your thoughts.


      Hey John
      I have no idea why many evangelicals of a more reformed bent are so wary of being methodologically adventurous – maybe that’s why they’re known as conservative Christians! It is something that has always puzzled me. We have the truth and we must make it known by any means that does not conflict with biblical truth and/or principles. That seems like a lot of wiggle room to me. Maybe pastoral leadership generally attracts safe and steady personalities. After all, a church will generally reflect its leadership at some level. Hope you are well mate!


        Sigh… no lightening bolt answers then Mez. Disappointed mate 🙂 Good insights. It seems we are conservative theologically, a good thing. But then when we are faced with a choice to be methodologically risk-takers and innovative – it seems that we cannot seem to shake off the conservatism.

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