Leadership D N A
The entire Crossway Chapel family of churches has adopted several biblical characteristics that we have grown passionate about in our leadership DNA. While the pastor team is obviously called to be exemplary in leading these qualities, each and every person who is in a place of service must also strive to function among their fellow “impacters” in the same way. These are the gospel qualities we long to see present in every area of leadership from our pastors to our nursery team leaders, from our deacons to our greeters and welcome teams, from our staff to our Sunday School teachers…everyone in a position of any impact must become passionate about and committed to these things to form the genuine Christlike heartbeat of our overall leadership culture.
HUMILITY – Striving for SELFLESSNESS
God has given us the life and ministry of Jesus Christ to prove to us that He does not want us to think more highly of ourselves than we ought. He wants us to give preference to one another in honor (Romans 12:3, 10, 16). A couple of catch phrases that have emerged within the Crossway Chapel movement that illustrate this value are, “we are all in process”, and “we have the ability to speak into one another’s lives.”
CHARACTER - Compelled by DEVOTION
God desires character first over competency (For example - 1 Timothy 3:2 “An overseer [pastor], then, must be above reproach….”). We desire leaders, impacters, and ministry servants who are learning and demonstrating a love for Christ, so as to obey when no else (besides God) is looking (Ephesians 5:7-10). For this reason, while a person’s life certainly does not have to be perfect, leaders will seek to avoid the mistake of elevating a gifted individual prematurely based simply on the need. Character and a growing relationship with Jesus are of first importance in our leadership culture.
GOD GLORIFYING - Driven by WORSHIP
We desire for our leaders and influencers to be motivated by an “Audience of One”? Do they seek God’s glory alone? Do they reflect John the Baptist’s heart when he said, “He (Jesus) must increase and I must decrease” (John 3:30). We want to avoid the hazards that come with self-importance and the need for personal recognition. No one individual is irreplaceable. It’s not about personalities, but the person of Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:1-9; 2 Corinthians 5:15).
PLURALITY - Committed to TEAM
The Crossway Chapel movement is made up of churches that embrace God’s design for plurality of pastors and leaders. We recognize together that God desire is to manifest His grace upon a plurality of interdependent leaders (Acts 14:21-23). As pastors, these men are mutually accountable to one another in love, functioning within their given areas of giftedness and emphasis, such as a “lead pastor.” We desire that this heart to function as a team filter down into every Staff member and their Impact Groups as they serve the church and one another.
UNITY – Eager for HARMONY
Leaders within the Crossway Chapel movement understand and embrace principles of unity. They must honor one another in speech and be quick to forgive (Ephesians 4:29; 1 Timothy 5:19). With the Scripture and its gospel message as the foundation, leaders and ministry teams must seek God’s wisdom in a spirit of love and deference (See Acts 15).
EMPOWERMENT - Fueled by ENCOURAGEMENT
Leaders and influencers are empowered and released for service, with a dependent but “can-do mentality.” We must strive to spur one another on as Crossway Chapel leaders are unleashed for service within their areas of giftedness and passion (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11; Ephesians 4:11-13). There is a never ending commitment to develop more leaders to replace those who depart or are sent out (2 Timothy 2:2).