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Collaborative Leadership at Trinity

Introduction

Presbyterians have always believed in a collaborative model of church leadership with its plurality of Elders in a Session. Modeling our pastoral and staff leadership in a similar way seems to the Session to be both in keeping with the apostles’ example and the wisest means of leading the church into the mission and vision statement that we have labored well over several years to articulate as a Body. An added and incredibly important benefit of this model is the potential for preserving any single pastor from the intense spiritual, emotional, and intellectual burdens that are often experienced by senior pastors of congregations like ours. In this leadership model, the pastors, ministry leads (Community + Care, Missions, Spiritual Formation, and Worship) and operations director make up the “Chapter” and gather weekly both to press each other toward spiritual health and to discuss and pray through ministry and pastoral initiatives and priorities. This has proven to be a wonderful, illuminating, and enlightening endeavor. The different perspectives, experiences, and giftings have combined to bring wisdom to bear on numerous discussions, which was the intent and hope of the model from the beginning.

This model of ministry requires trust, honesty, and, above all, humility. We must be willing to let others lead, to submit to the will of the group, to speak openly and honestly, and to rejoice in and encourage each other’s gifts. So far, this has indeed been the case. We are doing this not only to avoid burnout and a "siloed" working environment (which is so common in ministry) but, positively, to lead each other, week in and week out, toward Jesus and to use our various gifts and passions to lead—alongside other ministry leaders, elders, deacons, and many lay leaders—our church in this place at this time.

COLLABORATIVE MODEL

As a Session-led church, the Chapter collectively and individually reports to the Session. This model of collaboration allows our pastors the freedom to function in the major areas of their calling—preaching, teaching, counseling, walking with parishioners through major passages such as marriage, baptism, and death. The ministry leads direct the four major areas of ministry (Community + Care, Missions, Spiritual Formation, and Worship) in connection with lay leaders, as well as with the pastors who serve in certain areas of ministry based on gifting and need. The church operations director functions as the "glue" for the staff, ensuring that collectively staff are moving forward together. This director also serves as a member and liaison to key church committees. Additionally, the directors of Fellows, Student, and Children’s Ministries operate under the leadership of the Pastor for Spiritual Formation.

The Chapter alternates weekly in terms of focus: two weeks of the month focus solely on spiritual formation, addressing areas of needed discernment and the sharing of joys and struggles. These meetings are moderated by the Pastor for Spiritual Formation. The other two weeks focus on Collaborative Leadership, addressing large-scale ministry initiatives. These meetings are moderated by the Pastor for Executive Leadership.

CHAPTER ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Pastor for Leadership (Walter Kim)
– Provides strategic and wise input to ministry direction through involvement in Chapter
– Preaching, teaching, weddings, funerals, sacraments, pastoral counseling
Particular Responsibilities: Focused toward Session/Chapter for strategic movement and vision

Pastor for Mercy (Joe Magri)
– Provides strategic and wise input to ministry direction through involvement in Chapter
– Preaching, teaching, weddings, funerals, sacraments, pastoral counseling
Particular Responsibilities: Focused toward Diaconate care within the church and community, and as liaison with local church plants

Pastor for Discipleship (Wade Bradshaw)
– Provides strategic and thoughtful input to ministry direction through involvement in Chapter
– Preaching, teaching, weddings, funerals, sacraments, pastoral counseling
Particular Responsibilities: Focused on discipleship and formation

Church Operations Director (Jessica Wey Robinson)
– Serves on Finance, Facilities, Personnel, Stewardship/Development Committees
– Leads in leadership team goal completion, development, and collaboration
– Leads general staff operations, finance, and personnel
– Leads admin/support staff

Director of Missions (Kevin Sawyer)
– Co-leads/oversees Global & Local Ministry Team
– Leads various missions interns/residents/fellows
– Collaborates with Pastor for Mercy

Director of Community + Care (Tim Jones)
– Leads Community + Care Leadership Team
– Co-leads/oversees ministry teams
– Leads New City Counseling staff
– Leads various Community + Care interns/residents/fellows
– Works with Assistant for Hospitality

Director for Worship Arts (Isaac Wardell)
– Leads Worship Leadership Team
– Co-leads/oversees ministry teams
– Works with Choir Director
– Leads Assistant for Hospitality & Worship
– Leads various worship interns/residents/fellows
– Collaborates with all pastors and worship leaders for Sunday mornings and all special services

Director of Spiritual Formation (Lane Cowin)
– Oversees all aspects of Spiritual Formation ministries
– Focused toward staff, Session, and key leaders for Spiritual Formation
– Provides strategic leadership for program directors: Student, Children's, Fellows
– Leads various formation interns/residents/fellows