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A buddy of mine JR Woodward is doing some research which has led him to conduct a survey amongst pastors, authors and key leaders in the missional church movement. There is an old saying that sometimes the wisest thing you can do is ask good questions. Below are his questions and how I attempted to answer them:

1. What are the top three leadership lessons that you have learned?
* we must dominate and control (just kidding)
* An imaginative person has great dreams about what is on the other side of an obstacle, a strategist can get on the other side of an obstacle, a leader is an imaginative strategist that can get get a group of people around an obstacle that goes against their comfort and security to a (hopefully) greater reality.
* Endurance Endurance Endurance
* People really do matter to God. Most leaders loose their ability to lead because they start forgetting that principle
* you help accomplish your dream by helping others accomplish theirs.

2. How do people in the West view power in the church and in light of your answer, in what way should the church organize herself to better embody an alternative polity of which Jesus spoke.
*Jesus lead from a position of powerlessness, which is quite contrary as to how the West leads. Unfortunately, way to often, the western church has taken up the power position

3. How would you define a missional leader?
* A missional leader is one that defines him/herself by the mission of being incarnational, bringing the presence of God into a disconnected world.

4. How can a church or churches organize best so that those who are charged with leading have a healthy sense of accountability?
* Have very clearly defined forms of accountability built into the church and to openly journey with other churches that have the freedom to speak into your situation.

5. Is there an ideal structure for the church in the West? If so, in general would it be more centralized, decentralized, polycentric or something else?
* I have not bought into the idea that the new way of the western church is totally decentralized, at least not as of yet. I think we need to have enough centralization to maintain the vision and direction, but chaotic enough were there is freedom for followers of Christ can accomplish their calling.

6. In what ways should Paul's thinking of the five equippers in Ephesians chapter 4 shape church polity in today's Western church?
* I am working through that now. I think each of the five need to be there in principle, but not certain yet of the necessity to restructure the entire organization around them, IF, that is, the church is fairly healthy

7. How would you define the five different equippers and which equipper is most undervalued and overvalued in today's church?
* (taken from a paper I wrote for a class) LEADERSHIP 101In chapter four Paul gives the basic essential of church structure. It appears the doctrine of the church's unity and faith is linked to these basic functions of the church. This prescription for leadership to accomplish the mission of God has five parts. First there is the apostolic function, which likely to be understood as pioneering new missional works and oversees their development. Second is the prophetic function, discerning the spiritual realities in a given situation and communicates them in a timely and appropriate way, furthering the mission of God's people. Thirdly there is the evangelistic function, communicating the gospel in such a way that people connect with God, by responding in faith and discipleship. Fourthly there is the pastoral function, where the Christ-follower shepherds the people of God by leading, nurturing, protecting, and caring for them. Finally there is the teaching function communicating the revealed wisdom of God so that the people of God learn how to obey all that Christ has commanded them. Paul teaches that God has supplied the body of Christ with different spiritual gifts. If these five spiritual gifts are incorporated as leadership functions, then the movement of God will be better equipped by His people, being in partnership with His power and purpose.
* undervalued: apostolic

8. In what ways do you think the church in the West needs to change in order to best fulfill her mission from God?
* Being a truthful church, not just trying to be a true church. This can only happen by becoming less consumed with our own personal empires and more focused on the Kingdom empire

9. What are the important factors to keep in mind when a church is determining her structure, form and polity?
* To name a few: structure less around a person and more around the people - this means involving others in decision making and leadership
* Don't allow "success" to be the focus, rather than on the mission of God

10. If you were coaching a younger missional leader and could only give them five books to read that deal with church polity and missional leadership, which five books would you give them?
* The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (Hardcover) by Patrick M. Lencioni
* The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman
* The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church by Alan Hirsch
* Surfing the Edge of Chaos: The Laws of Nature and the New Laws of Business (Paperback)by Richard Pascale
* First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy by Stephen R. Covey

11. What other important question(s) should I have asked in a survey dealing with church polity in the West today?
how much should I pay people to do this survey ;-)