The Leadership role at St. Stephen Episcopal Church is summed up into three things: casting a compelling vision, aligning the resources necessary to accomplish this vision, and motivating and inspiring people to do whatever is necessary to make the vision a reality.
Focusing on these broad descriptions of leadership and how they uniquely apply to us as a church will help us cultivate an effective team and build a healthy church.
- Casting a Compelling Vision. Vision is a combination of insight and foresight. It usually starts with a dissatisfaction of the present situation and a growing picture of a better future. That is why a key trait for church leaders is optimism. The opposite of a leader is not a follower but a pessimist. Vision is articulating a future that inspires passion and energy in people. The vision is, “the most potent weapon in a leader’s arsenal.”
- Aligning the resources necessary to accomplish the vision. It is not enough to have a vision. Church leaders must find the resources to accomplish the vision. Take a look at Nehemiah who had a vision to rebuild the broken-down city of Jerusalem. In order to accomplish the vision, he made some “big asks” of rulers who responded by giving him the necessary capital for the project. Nehemiah had the boldness to step up and align the resources to rebuild the city of Jerusalem when it would have been easier to give up.
- Motivating and inspiring people to do whatever is necessary to make the vision a reality. When Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem he had to inspire people to form teams, work hard, and not listen to critics. This often means the leader needs to roll up their sleeves as well. To see vision become reality often means many long days of hard work. Casting vision and motivating your team toward achieving that vision should is always at the center of every part of St. Stephen Episcopal Church.
The Current leadership of St. Stephen Episcopal Church
The Most. Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart
The Episcopal Church of Liberia
Rev. Canon A-Too Williams
St. Stephen Episcopal Church
Rev. Wozeyan Bazzie
Rev. Momo Duke T. Fahnbulleh
Bro. John Palay