As it has been said, “Speed of the leader, speed of the team.” Until pastors and church planters actually start practicing what Jesus modeled, church members will keep doing what they have always done. It is only as church leaders are being transformed by the Holy Spirit and initiating missional activities themselves that the Church will be able to fulfill its mission in the world. Local church leaders must model missionary behaviors and enlist, equip, and empower every believer to engage in missionary practices where they live. By understanding their calling, gifting, and responsibility to “prepare God’s people for works of service” (Eph 4:12), church leaders will be able to train others to be on mission everywhere. Equipping is more than preaching. It requires modeling, practical training, and mobilizing of believers to accomplish the Great Commission (Matt 28:19–20).
Transformational leadership is critical to transforming the mission of local churches.