Today, CrossChurchSchool.com welcomes guest writer, Calley Causey. Calley is a Resident Minister in the Cross Church School of Ministry serving in the C3 College Ministry, Fayetteville Campus. She is from Garland, Texas and graduated from the Texas A & M University.

Over the last few years in the different outlets of ministry I have been given the opportunity and privilege to work within – the most significant piece of knowledge that I have taken away is the power of relationships paralleled with healthy, beneficial, and excellent leadership. I believe that specifically in ministry, relationships are the driving force behind effective leadership because people who feel invested into will be more likely to invest and thrive in their role and the lane they have been given. Healthy relationships cultivate healthy people, and an understanding and knowledge of both the leader and those being led creates a balance of likemindedness and respect from both sides.

Ministry, and specifically the Gospel, travels on the tracks of relationships. We are designed to live and to exist in deep community, and in order to pour out into the lives of others, we must be first poured into so that we can have a product to pull from. We see this all throughout scripture, but I am specifically drawn to Genesis 2, when God creates Eve. Before Adam is asked to complete a task, and assert authority over what he has been given to have dominion over, he is given another person, whom he exists in deep and intimate community with. We are unable to give what we do not have, and without first receiving investment and care, not only are we lacking that do ourselves, but we have nothing to recreate and replicate. A leader who values growth will place an emphasis on the way that they interact and relationally know and care for other people, so that those they are leading will have an awareness of what is expected of them, and how they should in return cultivate and curate relationships with the people under their care. There is a difference between shepherding the flock of people who you have authority over versus delegating and domineering. We should see the value in tending to the flock that is under us, and and take time to not only shepherd their actions, but also their souls. Not only for the overall health of the ministry that you are co-laboring for, but also for the individual health and development of those you are leading.

In my experience of both leading and being led I have seen the value in allowing yourself, as the leader to be known. The deeper the relationships with those who are being led by you, the wider your influence will be. It is easier to follow a leader who you love and are loved by. I have seen buy in happen through relationships, once a person shares their lives and their heart, it allows others to see where that leader desires to take them and why. I have been able to motivate people under me much more thoroughly and easily if they know I am for them and their growth, and also for the growth and health of the ministry. An effective leader and minister fights for their people they are leading before fighting for what they are leading, and healthy followers are able to recognize that and work from a place where they feel known and cared for, so that as a result they may allow others to feel the same way, ultimately expressing the Gospel.