Servant Leadership and our Pastoral Structure
of our Core Values is Servant Leadership. This simply means
that the leader is a servant, in the example of the Lord
Jesus himself. Leadership certainly includes authority,
but it is how one exercises authority that defines him as
a true servant.
CFC-FFL, we have gone away from co-equal leadership. Our
governance is more in line with that of the Church and religious
congregations, where there is one clear leader (at different
levels). But we believe in communal involvement, and so
such leaders have core teams that assist them.
paper is applicable to leadership on different levels:
1) International – Servant General and the Body of
2) National – Country Servant and his Body of Counselors.
3) Local – District Servant and his core team.
4) Ministerial – Ministry heads and their core teams.
1) Takes full responsibility for the life and mission of
CFC at his pastoral level.
2) Takes responsibility for all major decisions, even as
some decisions are delegated.
3) Appoints all seniors, even as some appointments are delegated
4) Encourages participation of his core team in the overall
life and mission of CFC-FFL.
1) Participates in governance through their proactive inputs.
2) Provides wise counsel to the servant leader, solicited
or unsolicited, on any matter that pertains to the life
of the servant leader or the community.
3) Provides fraternal correction to the servant leader as
4) Looks to the overall preservation and strengthening of
the life and mission of CFC-FFL.
1) You are brethren and should always act in fraternal love.
2) You are co-workers and should always have the overall
interest of CFC-FFL at heart.
3) You are each other’s protectors, especially as
we are deeply involved in spiritual warfare due to our work.
4) You are to be loyal to each other, not overlooking or
covering up shortcomings, but quick to rise in defense of
5) You are to quickly seek fraternal resolution of disagreements,
and seek intervention of senior brethren as needed.
6) You are never to judge each other’s motives, but
be open to asking clarifications as necessary.
7) You should not be onion-skinned and in fact welcome correction
and even loving criticism.
1) Discussions during core team meetings should be in the
spirit of true brotherhood and co-responsibility for the
life and mission of CFC-FFL.
2) Discussions should be open, honest, proactive.
3) Disagreements are looked on as opportunities not only
to come up with the right decision but especially to grow
in Christian character, through patience, tolerance, forbearance
4) While the ultimate decision rests with the servant leader,
consensus is desirable.
5) Those who have difficulty accepting a forthcoming decision
have the right, and even duty, to ask that the matter continue
to be discerned; after that, one has the right, and even
duty, to ask that an unresolved matter be brought up to
the next level of leadership for intervention, even all
the way up to the SG.
6) Always maintain your joy.
to the Servant General (SG):
1) The SG is the servant of all.
2) Anyone, leader or member, can bring anything up to the
SG. This should never be resented by leaders when done by
3) It is then up to the SG whether to handle the matter
directly, to assign the matter to someone, or to tell the
person to go through the normal pastoral structure.
1) The service of servant leaders is subject to regular
evaluation. Servant leaders should always welcome this
as a way of improving their service.
2) Overseers regularly evaluate the service of servant
leaders. Such function may be delegated to others as is
3) Evaluation includes the overseer going directly to
the servant leader’s subordinates and asking them
to give inputs regarding their leader’s service.
4) Subordinates may go to a servant leader’s overseer
to report any serious matter of concern. Fraternal correction
would normally be the primary course of action, but may
not be practical given certain circumstances.
documents for your reference:
Pastoral-Organization Structure: Roles and Responsibilities
Body of Counselors
SG May 1, 2008.
Revisited June 17, 2009.