The Pastor Should Lead Toward…
I’m no leadership guru (of course, by definition “gurus” are not Christian…bwa ha ha), but I know that leadership involved influencing others toward a particular goal. It involves helping people focus on a mission or aim and clarifying a vision of what that aim looks like and why it is better than the current situation. It also involves planning and setting strategy for how to reach that aim, and then carrying out the plan and evaluating if the plan is achieving the desired results.
When it comes to pastoral ministry, let’s suppose—hypothetically speaking—that the mission of the church is found in Jesus’ so-called great commission to “make disciples” (Matthew 28:19), or simply to “disciple” people (the word “disciple” in this verse is actually a verb in Greek, not a noun). If this is the case, then surely a pastor should ensure that discipleship is happening among those they pastor. This involves leadership.
Alternatively, let’s suppose—hypothetically speaking—that the mission of the church is summed up in 5 purposes: evangelism, ministry, discipleship, worship, and fellowship (taken from The Purpose Driven Church). If this is the case, then surely a pastor is responsible to ensure that their church is engaged in these activities.
All of this involves leadership. For example, a pastor would need to clarify what it means for Christians to be discipled. This is clarifying the vision. Then the pastor would need to determine why, how, or if that vision isn’t fully a reality, and make plans for how to take the church in the necessary direction—perhaps through teaching, motivating people, training people, making spending decisions, making programming decisions, etc. This is setting a strategy. This is leadership.