Influence Conference: Roger Patterson

September 16, 2010


Photo credit Kyle Dowden

Roger Patterson (Facebook) is senior pastor of West University Baptist and Crosspoint Church. Roger also coauthors Leading from the Second Chair: Serving Your Church, Fulfilling Your Role, and Realizing Your Dreams.

What to do when a king throws a spear at you?
1 Samuel 19:10 | 1 Samuel 24:1-16

The challenge of second chair leadership, is the call to lead and also to follow.

4 Types of Biblical Authority

  1. Governmental – Governments
  2. Relational – Husband/Wife
  3. Vocational – Work/Career
  4. Spiritual – Pastor/Spiritual Leaders

Models of leadership structure

  • Business model – Making the CEO happy, then we will be successful. The employees are to serve and do everything they can to make the CEO happy.
  • Military model – Make sure that everyone on the battle lines has everything they need. The general exists to provide and supply the front line.

How you handle spiritual abuse?

Be safe
Find a buffer between you and the king that throws the spear.

Be wise
Be wise on how you share the situations you have with your leadership and who you share it with.
Don’t act impulsively.
As goes the staff/pastor relationships, so goes the church.

Be humble
God has your leader in your life to grow you, but not to abuse you.
It’s not your job to protect your name, it is His job to protect yours.

Be free
It’s liberating to have the difficult conversation to say what needs to be said.

Be amazed
Let the holy spirit deal with it.
Nothing is something. You can take these burdens of these broken relationships and do nothing more. And apply these principles in your life, and allow God to take over.


Leading from the Second Chair: Serving Your Church, Fulfilling Your Role, and Realizing Your Dreams
A fresh and rare approach to leadership by unleashing some invaluable principles and guidelines specific to healing to the second tier leader.
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