“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” – John Maxwell.
How does John Maxwell’s statement (at the top) apply to a local church? Scripture claims that the Lord Jesus is the one building His church (Matt. 16:16). How much of a role, then, does leadership play in the rise (growth) and fall (decline) of a local church? Between January and April 2022, BRC (Bilangan Research Center) conducted its 10th nationwide survey focusing on local church leadership in Indonesia. Of the 1,167 respondents, 775 were pastors (the others were elders) representing 52 different denominations. This short article analyzes the leadership practices and performance of these 775 pastors. More specifically, it examines whether these pastors’ theological educations are informing their leadership practices and performance.