Our Leadership Team consists of NBLC members dedicated to the continued growth and overall betterment of the Ministry. We discuss expansion and are concerned with the spiritual well being of the fellowship, which is oftentimes thought of as the Apostle's job alone within other ministries ~ it's quite the opposite at NBLC!
No matter how impressive the Apostle's resume, "it takes a village to raise a child" ~ or in our case, a Ministry ~ and that is why our Leadership Team includes individuals who bring various and diverse strengths to our table.
"Team ministry" is best defined as the Apostle and the Board working together to provide spiritual growth to the fellowship while developing a clear direction and purpose of the Ministry. The Leadership Team is to work with the Apostle in the establishment and implementation of Ministry goals and direction. Working together as a team is often thought of as a relatively new management idea, instead you will clearly find it is easily a biblical concept of church leadership. In Proverbs 11:14, the sage recognizes the importance of multiple counselors when writing, "For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure." Clearly, the early Church was established under the leadership team of the twelve apostles. Its first missionary venture when they sent out the team of Barnabas and Paul (Acts 13:2) follows the pattern already established by Christ. When appointing leaders in the churches they established, they appointed multiple elders (Acts 14:23).
Effective spiritual teams realize that leadership is not vested by position, but in relationships. The Apostle is not threatened by the congregation or by the Ministry elders, but works with them and uses their influence. The Leadership Team sees that the Ministry views leadership from a family perspective, where relationships form the basis for all decisions. Paul commends all believers to submit to one another (Eph. 5:21). The term implies that each person within the fellowship (and leadership) voluntarily yields to one another in love. Rather than pushing individual agendas through, we are to be willing to set aside our personal desires, needs, and plans for the benefit of the whole and the maintenance of unity within the Ministry.
The necessity of trust among our elders and team leaders is paramount to the continued growth of NLBC. The hallmark of love is continual trust in the other person (1 Cor. 13:7). Just as God has entrusted the leadership of the Church to selected individuals (1 Cor. 4:2), we must learn to trust one another. We need to value others' judgment and opinions, striving to see the best in others. Instead of quickly judging the motives of others, we learn to have confidence in each other's spiritual integrity. While Ephesians 5:25-33 has traditionally been used as a text on the husband's love for his wife, Paul makes it clear that the primary focus of his discussion is upon Christ's love for the Church (verse 32). Effective spiritual leaders love the Ministry. They are motivated to service, not to get more recognition or influence, but instead to see the Ministry become all God designed her to be. Paul, in addressing the qualifications of leadership, places the emphasis upon spiritual maturity (2 Timothy 3:17; Titus 1:5-9). While the secular community looks for leaders with multiple abilities, keen intellect, and dynamic personalities, the Ministry is to look for leaders who have a deep love for Christ, a passion for truth, and a consistent biblical lifestyle.
While building upon the right foundation for team leadership is critical, it is also important to identify and avoid those things that will destroy an effective team. Healthy churches operate with a team. Our Apostles and Team Leaders are committed to working together as we learn the value and importance of shared authority. While each member has different functions and roles within the life of the fellowship, we also recognize that only by working together can we lead NLBC in the fulfillment of its biblical responsibilities. So, we say again, our Leadership Team is dedicated to the continued growth and overall betterment of the Ministry through spiritual and organizational well being.