Yesterday we talked about having the right people with you. Let’s continue this discussion and add to it a twist:
Do you have enough “above the line” or “below the line” people?
Here is a rough definition of what I mean:
Above the line: this is primarily a person who draws people to the church.
Below the line: this is primarily a person who builds structure to sustain those in church.
Above the line leaders are generally a charismatic student pastor, a dynamic worship pastor, or a gifted communicator.
Below the line leaders might include a systematic student pastor (building structure and relationships), a small group leader, a finance person, or an administrator.
(The role doesn’t necessarily determine if it is above or below the line as much as the person in the role. A senior pastor can draw people with anointed preaching—above the line. Or he might be an average speaker who relationally holds the church together—below the line.)
- With too many above the line people, your church will have a big front door and big back door.
- With too many below the line people, your church will have a small front door and small back door.
A growing organization will see the need for both, those who drive the growth and those who help sustain it.
Are you primarily a below the line or above the line leader? Is your ministry out of balance in one way?
(All of you silent readers, please join the conversation. We can’t learn from you unless you contribute!)