Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: As a church growth consultant and member of a local church, I can tell you this is hard sometimes. Pastors and churches I’ve attended in the past either distanced themselves from me (perhaps because they felt I knew more than them) or reached out and embraced insights I could provide. My friend and fellow consultant Gary Macintosh has experienced the same thing.
This Harvard Business Review article points out that there are “specialist leaders” and “generalist leaders.” And specialist leaders often report to a generalist leader.
1) respect the knowledge of the “specialist leader” and encourage the specialist leader to share it,
2) and regularly seek input from the “specialist leader.”
So to lead those you know more than you, requires showing you appreciate their expertise and soliciting their input. Needless to say those generalist leaders that welcomed others’ input are allowing us to use the gifts God has given us to help us grow our local church too.