There are two predominant styles of leadership in the campus ministry today. The first concept is that of the team leader being the “high-scorer” on the team. He sees his role of team leader as the pace setter. He wants to lead by example. He gains his satisfaction by doing more evangelism, having more students in groups, and spending more hours on campus than anyone else on his team. He’s really more concerned with how he is doing rather than how his team is doing.

A second model for leadership is that of a player-coach. A player-coach is a player who coaches and a coach who plays. As a player he does what he can as a team member to score as many points as possible. As a coach he develops his players and organizes his team in such a way to have the maximum chance of winning. Good coaches develop the individual’s skills and competencies. They know that the teams with the best skills and comptencies usually win the most games. Football Coach A.A. Stagg said this, “No coach ever won a game based on what he knew, but on what his players knew and did.”

The amount of coaching in proportion to playing is determined by your natural leadership style, experience, years in ministry, size and maturity of your team and leadership, size of the movement, marital status, number and ages of children, expansion responsibilities, etc. The design of our job dictates that we can never be all-player or all-coach. My purpose remains constant but my leadership style (the method of leading) will evolve over the years.

For example, a first year team leader will most likely have to lead primarily as a player who does a little coaching. The team wants to see him in action. He won’t have the ethos to lead as a coach. However a director who has had ten years on the job can function more as a coach who plays. He doesn’t need to lead the team statistically in any category to be effective. The apostle Paul’s method as a leader changed though his purpose did not. The book of Acts is a chronicle of his days as a player. The pastoral epistles describe his ministry as a player-coach.


Gordon McDonald has identified five types of people that we meet with:

VIPs (Very Important People)–These people are important because they are your proven leadership- -the staff and student leaders of your movement. It’s very easy to neglect these people because they often seem to be self-motivated and self-sufficient. They are not the ones screaming for your attention. These people, however, are those that you should give yourself to. What you do with these people is what they will do with the people God gives them. The principle is this: Invest the maximum amount of time with those who are assuming the maximum responsibility for the future of the movement.

VTPs (Very Teachable People)–These are your progressing leaders–the next generation of leadership, the leaders of your movement in the coming years.

VNPs (Very Nice People). These are the people who are good people… nice people but are just not going anywhere. If we had unlimited time and energy we could meet with everybody, but we don’t. We have to make choices for the good of everyone involved in your movement.

VDPs (Very Draining People). These are the people who often are demanding of your time. Meeting with you, the team leader gives them a sense of importance. Their main tool for motivating you to give them your time is guilt. After spending one hour “counseling” with them, four hours of energy has been drained from your life. Learn to distinguish between the genuinely needy and the chronically needy. Howard Hendricks says, “Don’t meet with anyone who demotivates you.” Meet with anybody for one time but don’t make VDPs a part of your regular schedule.

VRPs (Very Resourceful People). These are people who minister to you–those who recharge your spiritual batteries, refill your spiritual reservoir. It may be a mentor, your pastor, another director, a past director or discipler, or maybe just a good friend. All of us need VRPs in our life. Take time to cultivate these special God-given relationships. If no one is available locally for you to talk with, pick up your cell phone.

As a leader you should probably spend 90% of your time with VIPs, VTPs, and VRPs. I’d also suggest that you make this same guideline for people you minister to in the kingdom of God


Hingepoints are those small things that we do on a consistent basis that lead to long-term effectiveness. Studies have shown that 80% of the desired results come from 20% of our activities. Hinge-points are high leverage activities which yield a great return for a small amount of time or effort invested. Here are some examples (Think through what good these might accomplish in your life and ministry):

  • Studying a different book of the Bible each month.
  • Weekly appointments with close friends
  • Running 1/2 hour per day.
  • Read one book month.
  • One day with the Lord each month.


Steven Covey has noted the difference between efficiency and effectiveness. Efficiency deals in the arena of results. Effectiveness pertains to the arena of relationships. Our goal is to be effective with people and efficient in our tasks. Being effective with people takes time. When we try to be efficient with people, it usually backfires on us.

Often it is not having all the answers that is most important but knowing which questions lead to the right answers. Questions are the tools for analysis, diagnosis, and change. Effective leaders know the importance of questions. Here are some examples of good questions:

  • What is one thing you could do, in your personal life or ministry that, if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your life or ministry?
  • What are the obstacles or roadblocks that we seem to consistently face that keep us from getting where we want to go?
  • What am I not doing that I should be doing in order to be more effective in ministry?
  • What can I do, that no one else can do, that will really make a material difference in the kingdom of God?
  • What can I contribute that will significantly affect the performance of this ministry, my personal ministry, and the Kingdom of god?
  • What do I do that wastes my time without contributing to my effectiveness?

Ministry is a lesson that is learned daily,seeking God for true guidance is how you will become an powerful and effective leader.


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  • This has enlighten me so much to know what type of people are and even myself. By that I mean I examined myself to see what type of person I am. Some people will drain you and they can be toxic. You have to know the difference and this lesson has taught me that. The wisdom of knowing, so you can be a effective leader

  • If you cant be a good team player, you cant be a good leader.


  • Hmmmmm, This is a loaded one. I find that in many cases, The church is seeking volume of people vs quality of salvation. The examples of the person 1 getting the bigger/better groups and not being concerned for team vs person 2 who is a hands-on/people person are very true to todays's church. I believe if the church had the right focus, we could have more VIPs, VTPs, and VRPs.

  • amen ...Heather amen ! This is why we are to be together as one Body... and also sharpening each other ! and as you fellowship with someone the HolySpirit will for sure alert you!

    Heather Seavers said:

    Oh wow.. my heart feels like its about to bust... I am so grateful for this teaching, so much so I could almost  cry. Why?  because.. many years ago I experienced some church hurt. And after recuperating n healing i still wanted to pinpoint what the problem was I thought it was a number of things... N today I got it. Efficiency n Effectiveness the balance of the two were missing from that particular house. Love them but still needed to know lol... this portion spoke volumes to me... Oh Lord thank you clarity sealing that freedom! ;) 

  • Oh wow.. my heart feels like its about to bust... I am so grateful for this teaching, so much so I could almost  cry. Why?  because.. many years ago I experienced some church hurt. And after recuperating n healing i still wanted to pinpoint what the problem was I thought it was a number of things... N today I got it. Efficiency n Effectiveness the balance of the two were missing from that particular house. Love them but still needed to know lol... this portion spoke volumes to me... Oh Lord thank you clarity sealing that freedom! ;) 

  • Methods and Purpose , Since Method is a way of doing something according to plan or putting  the thought into action. To become or be an effective Leader, you should structure a lay out of an action plan for a standard METHOD , get together with your team and go over the necessary guidelines and explain the type of leader that you are so that they can get an idea of the METHOD structure ,(meaning a way of doing something with some type of disciplinary plan.  PURPOSE meaning  the intended outcome of something .Have a meeting with your teammates and go over , First the Job description,expectations of the Ministry duties, and Rules and Regulations. Then,  I would used the METHOD structure with the PURPOSE which will be the reason for the existence of the goal accomplishments.


    I Personally have had bad experiences, with draining leash Spirit people, complaining people, tail bearing people . So what I did was ask the Lord to close the door on this friendship if it was not of  him. I have experienced that the enemy knows where you are going, in your walk with the Lord and he tries to send people to distract and deceive you. I like what the article said take time to cultivate these special God-given relationships.  Prayer and fasting and the presence of the Lord , will guard your steps and keep you from harm as psalm 91:1says he that dwelled in the secret place of the most high God ,shall abide under the shadow of the almighty God. also the bible says ,  Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. I believe as we continue in his word ,If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  (John 8:31,32 )To be wise as a serpent means to have a good, basic, fundamental knowledge of what areas you can go into and what areas you cannot go into – and to always be on your guard against the snares, traps, and deceptions that the dark side will try and throw at you in order to try and knock you off course, or try to enslave you into a dark area, or into a dark side group of people , and if that is the case " we are to be light of impact in that dark place .


    The book idea , I have experienced and it is a good tool and instrument to get ideas and structure for the ministry Team /Leaders

    As far as meeting a Friend once a  week . It would be for fellowship , but if my schedule for the Ministry or Family time then that Friend has to wait , as long as all is well with her .

    The obstacles are familiarity , some people get close to the Leaders and do not know how to separate Fellowship,Friendship and other things. That is why the structure meeting and goals, expectations must be revised and discussed .I would FIND out the strength of all my Leaders and position them in their strongest areas and make them work on their weaknesses  so they can become whole .

    To have a Ministry responsibility , your heart has to be in the right place . First Ministry test grounds is at home , husband and children, family members . Seek God , mat 6:33 seek you first the kingdom of God . Being an effective Leader is about having Love and character ,patience , forbearing and having the VISION of the desired GOAL manifest thru his PILLARS  of the TEAM  that is being formed !


  • The be an effective leader it is imperative to be an effective listener!!! In the natural; we can sometimes forget to listen or be quite; or even be observant.  Oftentimes some of us simply talk too much!!!

    James 1:19 (NIV) says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.”

    Guilty; as charged!! 

    In this moment Jesus, help ME to listen more and talk less. Give me a greater compassion for people, enhance my listening skills and humble me LORD!!!, Amen!!!!!

  • Reading this has given me much direction... I praise God for Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the Lord's mercies that we r not consumed,because His compassions fail not .(V23) They r new every morning;GREAT IS YOUR FAITHFULNESS!!!!!!!!!!

  • The 2nd model exhibits me, the player - coach.  I've been free from all mood & altering chemicals since 12/13/96.  I have been striving to live according to "spiritual principles" for quite sometime.  Living by example being of service to others and consistently maintaining "my personal recovery" has been something I've been doing for quite sometime.  I must always remember, God has done this for me & maintain a sense of humility & gratitude. I "truly" know about the different types of people.  Those "drainers are demanding

  • This puts some things into perspective for me. I've always wondered why some people seem draining others seem so attentive  and then those that don't seem to need as much of your time. Even in that we have to hear the Holy Spirit.

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