Why do you want to become an Associational Leader?
Prayerfully examine your heart, motives, calling.
Is it to serve the Lord and His pastors and churches in fulfilling the Great Commission?
Is it to get out of a difficult pastorate or other ministry position?
Is it to have a stable ministry position to finish your career between now and retirement?
Is it to be a denominational leader for the sake of being a denominational leader?
Or is it because you believe - and other trusted individuals believe - you have the calling, compassion, skills, giftedness, and leadership ability to lead an association of churches?
Pray, pray, pray…for confirmation, wisdom, discernment, and for the Lord to make your paths straight (Pr. 3:5-6).
Support your DOM/AMS and your association diligently and learn all you can in the process. Evaluate the good, the bad, and the ugly. What would you do differently? What would you do the same?
Read, observe, and study like a DOM to be a DOM. Read The Encourager each month. Read and listen to podcasts on church planting, church revitalization, leadership, etc.
Do your best as unto the Lord where He has you now until He moves you!
How do you become an Associational Leader?
Prepare a resume that highlights your associational involvement, your collaborative skills, leadership gifts, missions heart, and concern for pastors, churches, and the lost.
Network, network, network! Carefully and prayerfully let key individuals you trust to keep confidences know that you believe God wants you to be a DOM/AMS. These include fellow pastors, your current and/or previous DOMs, state missionaries, and SBC ministry leaders.
If your state has a state DOM/AMS, make an appointment with him and let him know of your desire and availability, and ask for his help and advice. Do the same for any state in which you are interested in serving, even if it is a phone appointment.
Read The Encourager each month for openings that we know across the nation. Read your state Baptist publication (and those of other states where you are interested in serving) for retirements/openings.
Be a humble Servant Leader that models the type of DOM/AMS you will be when God opens the door.
What would you add?
To the praise of His glory,
Quotable Quote: Translating vision into a workable strategy requires first the ability to select, trust, develop and work with a leadership team. I’ve never met a senior leader or executive that can do it all his or herself. Dan Reiland, 6.25.18, 6 essential skills for senior/executive leaders