I’ve written before about why "lone-ranger" leadership isn’t functional or helpful, and at Heartland we’ve been transitioning more and more to a team leadership model. We don’t have a "Senior Pastor", i.e. a church centered around a personality. (Incidentally, part of the reason this transition has worked well is that our services have never been overly focused on the sermon – we have tried to cultivate gatherings where people come to meet with and hear from and be sent out by God himself, not just hear from a preacher, gatherings where the sermon is one part of a shared experience of worship.)
David Fitch is a pastor/professor/blogger/author I’ve started to read regularly. His latest post on why "Senior Pastor"-type leadership doesn’t work anymore is a good one, and is full of details of how his own church has adopted a team leadership model, and how it hasn’t hurt the church’s growth one bit (he has always been bi-vocational, he now preaches half the time, and this past summer, when he didn’t preach at all, the church grew by 20%).
So not only does it make sense culturally and biblically, but it "works" too. I guess Jesus did say he was going to build his church. And I guess he did say we were to make disciples, not entertain consumers. It appears that making disciples and growing the church actually do go hand-in-hand.