Strategic Leadership : A Successful Or Unsuccessful Church And Ministry

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Strategic leadership is one of the differences between a successful or unsuccessful church and ministry. Strategic leadership not only requires a strategic plan for the future, but also a strategic plan for the present. This research paper contains an in-depth look at the necessary demand to balance short-term and long-term needs and plans in strategic leadership, which is developed from organizational theory, leadership theory and Scripture. This issue in strategically leadership will then be applied to Grace Church and ministry to families. Balancing Current and Future Orientations The definition of strategic leadership is “when they create the direction, alignment, and commitment needed to achieve the enduring performance potential of the organization” (Hughes, Beatty, & Dinwoodie, 2005, pg. 11). Because achieving enduring performance potential requires alignment, direction, and commitment strategic leaders need to balance both the close and distant things (Hughes et al., 2005). Focusing too much on the present needs or on the future goals will typically result in insufficient and ineffective strategic leadership (Hughes et al., 2005). An example of such leadership would be like laying down tracks for a moving train. If you are thinking too far ahead and trying to plan for the upcoming terrain that you forget to efficiently lay down the tracks than the train will derail before you get too far (Desiree Bland, personal communication, April, 2016). If you focus too much on

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