5 Keys for Pastor and Leadership Team Harmony

5 Keys for Pastor and Leadership Team Harmony

by Steve Backlund

Healthy relationships result from making them a priority. The quality of our ministries are dependent on the quality of the relationships we maintain within the ministry, and there are no more important relationships for a senior leader than with his/her leadership team. Here are five keys to increase the likelihood that you will have harmony and healthy relationships with your church leadership team:

  1. Meet consistently with your leaders – The wise leader has regular group leadership gatherings (monthly or bi-monthly is best), plus he prioritizes personal meetings with them in the calendar (monthly for the most important leaders and less frequently for others). There are few things more important to be in your calendar than these meetings. 
  2. Grow with your leaders – Read the same books (or audio messages) and discuss them at meetings. Don't just use meetings to deal with problems or urgent matters, but leave room in the meetings discuss things that are going make your leaders stronger in life and ministry. 
  3. Encounter God with your leaders – Church leadership is a supernatural calling. It is the wise senior leader who creates consistent opportunities for the core team to encounter God together. This starts with the team praying and worshiping together, and can go deeper through going to conferences, having guest speakers pour into the team, prophesying over each other, etc. 
  4. Find ways to champion the dreams of your leaders – Our relationship with each of our leaders should create a win-win situation for you and them. As we use our favor and wisdom to help our leaders move forward in their dreams, it will draw their heart to us and cause them to be a stronger influencer. 
  5. Develop a culture of feedback and good communication – Our team needs to hear something like this: "We want to grow as a leadership team so we will regularly give feedback on various aspects our ministry." Obviously, it is important for you as the senior leader to also get feedback, and we certainly do not want to empower people with "critical spirits" to give feedback, but a culture of feedback is vital for a healthy ministry. We will share more on this in an upcoming teaching. 

What other keys have you learned for developing good relationships with your leadership team? Share them in the comments section below!


Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.

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