June 2014 Issue 

By Bill Allison

The Real Test of Ministry Leadership

Business leaders hold the power of pay over employees.

Educational leaders hold the power of grades over students.

Parents hold the power of consequences over their kids.

However, when ministry leaders work with volunteers, the power dynamics require real leadership -not mere force of power and position.

That's why I contend that working with volunteers represents the real test of ministry leadership.

More specifically, I contend that the real test of ministry leadership is how well volunteers are equipped for the work of service (Ephesians 4:11-12).

In the words of Don Cousins, "If you hold a leadership position but are not equipping the saints for the work of service, then you are not a leader. You may hold the position; you may have the title; you may be called a leader; but you're not a leader as the Bible defines it, because leadership means equipping."

Not sure where to begin when it comes to encouraging and equipping volunteers?

Start here.
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We're your Cadre missionaries! As Ephesians 4:11-12 missionaries of encouragement and equipping, we live by faith and trust God to financially provide for our families and our ministry with Cadre. We know we can't do this wild and wonderful Cadre adventure without God and crazy friends like you.

Cadre Ministries: Equipping Local Churches to Make Volunteers WILDLY Successful!

Cadre Ministries is a [501(c)(3)] not-for-profit ministry.

To be trained to take Cadre training to your church/ministry, contact and ask about Cadre's certification process.

For information about bringing a certified Cadre trainer to coach and train the volunteer teachers, leaders, and youth workers in your church/ministry, contact

For Cadre training resources visit Cadre's fun-loving staff serve as support-based, God-dependent missionaries who can only do this ministry with Cadre because of generous friends like you. To make an online, tax-deductible donation to Cadre Ministries:

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