Servant Leadership: Practices
“Conduct: Congregational Leadership Grid - Concepts ” (SL#67)
by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., adapted from SkillTrack® 1:3 - Charting Your Course


1. Congregational Leadership Grid (CLGrid) and Biblical Insights

The CLGrid seeks to be faithful to biblical principles of mission performance and concern for people and relationships. So, let’s examine a basic passage, Ephesians 4:11-16--

Reviewing a roll call of biblical leaders, their styles and functions, shows a great variety in servant leadership, going beyond but supporting our study of grid styles. My starter list includes: lawgivers, historians, poets, prophets, priests, judges, kings, family heads, warriors, craftsmen, apostles, pastors, teachers, evangelists, deacons, missionaries, strategists, writers, women leaders, encouragers, supporters---and the list goes on. (See Hebrews chapter 11 and SkillTrack® 1.2 for developing these biblical concepts.)

2. CLGrid and Contemporary Research

The CLGrid is also based on contemporary research--primarily in the area of contingency/situation/contextual leadership; it becomes a tool for servant leadership. (See also study abstracts in SL#69.) Let me summarize and adapt the findings:

3. Grid Measurements and Application

Review the graphic below as you continue this study. The scale is from 2 to 8 rather than 1 to 9 because it affirms the reality that most of us do not live in the grand banquet hall of leadership, nor freeze in its lowest dungeon. Four elements are reported:

4. What is the Congregational Leadership Grid?

Reflection/Assessment/Application of CLGrid:

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Adapted by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., Founding Director, Moench Center for Church Leadership