Posted by: everynation | December 5, 2008

How to Build a Healthy Leadership Team

wsmleaderscircle.jpgby Steve Murrell

Whether i am developing a church plant team, a missions team or a local church pastoral staff – here’s the type of team i always try to build – based on the Antioch pattern in Acts 13.

1. RELATIONAL. Not a one-man-show. A team. Community. People who work together. Those Antioch guys were multi-cultural and multi-ethnic. Diversity with unity. They were also multi-gifted – apostles, prophets & teachers – not a bunch of clones of the “man of God” at the top of the pile. Diversity held together by relational leadership.

2. SPIRITUAL. Prayer. Worship. Fasting. These were spiritual leaders. When the Antioch leadership team gathered, they were not like a corp board following Robert’s Rules of Order. They followed the voice of the Holy Spirit.

3. MISSIONAL. The Antioch leaders thought like missionaries. And they acted like missionaries. Their vision went way beyond their city limits. In order to plant churches in a dozen other cities, near and far – they sent their best.

This one church and this one leadership team established new churches in Salamis, Paphos, Perga, Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe and other cities. They reached a city (Antioch) to touch the world!

Here’s my summary. If you want to build a healthy leadership team that has international impact:

Be relational – build a team and do life together.
Be spiritual – worship, fast and pray together.
Be missional – send your best and reach the world together.

Steve Murrell is a missionary, pastor, and the author of “The Reluctant Leader” and “The Accidental Missionary.”


  1. Great Insight and direction thanks for the post…this is a great guide tool for our team.

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