Too often leadership is seen in contractual terms. Contracts or other forms of expectations such as job descriptions are a normal and necessary part of the workplace, but more important in the life of any Christian leader there should be a covenant relationship. The best people working for an organization are people who have somewhat of a volunteer spirit on them. Volunteers do not need contracts, they need covenants. People need to belong not just legally but also spiritually. We as church leaders must move our relationships beyond a contract to a covenant relationship……..and transfer relationships from employer/employee to colleague.
As church leaders we must learn to expect the best from the people around us. People can and do usually change, grow and learn from mistakes and successes. A covenant relationship creates an environment for this kind of growth and development, because worth is not governed solely by the letter of the law or the bottom line.
In a way, it is the follower who ultimately determines the success or failure of the leader. And because of this, the goals of the organization is best met when the goals and needs of the people in the organization are being met.
A covenant relationship rest on shared commitments to ideas, values, and goals. The all-encompassing element of covenant relationships is FIDELITY (Loyalty).
Have a blessed day!