Pastoral Leadership at the Midsize Church – attendance 300-800

This provocative video challenges a lot of common understandings about what is required in pastoral leadership of churches with an average attendance of 300-800. Bill & Kris Tenny-Brittian call this a “mid-size” church. I prefer Herb Miller’s classifications of mid-size as between 100 and 300, and over 300 is a large church.

If they are correct, this might explain some of the problems that pastors have in adapting to ministry in this size of church.

One significant challenge to our way of working together: they insist that the senior pastor must have the power to hire and fire staff in order to ensure quality performance – which in our denomination rests not with the pastor but with the Pastor-Parish Relations committee.

The YouTube description: Leadership in the Mid-Size Church. John Maxwell rightly said that “everything rises and falls on leadership.” But it takes more than reading a couple of leadership books to effectively lead the medium sized church. This week, Drs. Kris and Bill explore what it takes to be a leader in today’s mid-sized church. This episode previews portions of Bill Tenny-Brittian and Bill Easum’s upcoming book on staffing the effective church, entitled Effective Staffing for Vital Churches: The Essential Guide to Finding and Keeping the Right People.

The book is available here:




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