Reggie McNeal writes about his sixth reality and suggests our “Wrong Question” #6: “How Do We Develop Leaders for Church Work?” He asks, “If church work is not getting the job done, why do we continue to train leaders to do it better?”

McNeal believes we need an “apostolic leadership.” The challenges of the 21st century parallel that of the 1st. Religious pluralism, globalism, collapse of institutional religion, accompanied by an increased interest in personal spiritual development are common to both time periods.

McNeal argues that apostolic leaders are: missional, visionary, entrepreneurial, work in teams, and release ministry to people and people for ministry. “Other leadership motifs require leaders to be competent to work inside the church. The apostolic leader’s competency revolves around the ability to work outside the church in the world that is not a part of the church culture.”