I recently reviewed the conclusions from a 2012 study of senior church leadership. It was performed by Azusa Pacific University and the Leadership Network and included special permission to utilize a team assessment tool developed by Harvard researchers and Hay Group consultants. 600 people from 145 churches participated.
Some interesting survey responses included:
- 75% of the leadership teams felt they had a consequential purpose, but also felt the clarity of their purpose and ability to achieve it was very low.
- Although the respondents listed “coordinating leadership activities” and “making critical, church-wide decisions” as the most important purposes of their teams, these groups actually spent less than half their time on these activities.
- Many churches had a shared leadership model because they believed that a team approach was better than relying on one “heroic” leader. The top three reasons for choosing this approach were (1) to provide better leadership to the church than the senior/lead pastor alone could provide, (2) to increase coordination across departments and/or campuses, and (3) to get more ideas on the table.