Many are the paths that can be suggested by people for leadership in the church. Will Willimon wrote a book entitled Lead With a Sermon. Besides being an interesting sermon, he offers an interesting take on leadership. He writes that pastoral leadership begins with a proclamation from the pulpit. He has specific reason for this, as he states below.
Christianity is a “revealed religion”; it happens when humanity is confronted by a loquacious God. We are unable to think about a Trinitarian God on our own. The truth about God must be revealed, spoken to us as the gift of a God who refuses to be vague or coy. It is of the nature of the Trinity to be communicative, revelatory—the Father speaking to the Son, the Son mutually interacting with the Father, all in the power of the Holy Spirit, God speaking to God’s world.