From Bill Easum on our Advanced Forum (to join click here)

One of the emerging problems for those doing permission-giving and allowing ministries to bubble up from a decentralized approach is that fact that every church has some core or basic ministries that must go on no matter whether someone comes forward to do them or not. The four core processes are Invite, Connect, Disciple, Send.

This means that one of the roles of leadership in a permission-giving environment is to monitor the core ministries and insure that they are staffed.

For example: when I was a solo pastor, until I could raise up someone to lead a core ministry, I led it.  That caused me to be diligent about raising up someone to lead that ministry.

As the church grew, I made sure that the core ministries were staffed with paid staff, most of who started part time and grew into full time.

Permission giving does not mean whatever happens.  Some things have to happen and it is role of the lead pastor to assure that happens in a small church. In a large church it may be the lead pastor or an executive pastor.

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