The Plurality Principle: How to Build and Maintain a Thriving Church Leadership Team

By Dave Harvey

Format: Paperback

Availability: Forthcoming

Expected: Mar 16, 2021

The Plurality Principle: How to Build and Maintain a Thriving Church Leadership Team

By Dave Harvey

Building and Sustaining a Thriving Leadership Culture

Foundational to a healthy church is a biblical model of church leadership. In the New Testament, church leadership is rarely a one-person endeavor—it is built around a plurality of elders working together, each bringing their own unique skills and gifts to the cause of shepherding the flock God has entrusted to them. There are many benefits to this model of leadership: being part of a team helps a church leader know his role, submit to authority, learn humility, and think about his gifts and position through the lens of what serves the church rather than his personal agenda. This argument in favor of elder plurality focuses both on how churches can build a healthy elder plurality and thrive as congregations once plurality is established.


Dave Harvey

Dave Harvey (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the president of Great Commission Collective, a church-planting ministry. Dave pastored for thirty-three years, founded, and travels widely across networks and denominations as a popular conference speaker. He is the author of When Sinners Say “I Do”; I Still Do!; Am I Called?; Rescuing Ambition; and coauthor of Letting Go. Dave and his wife, Kimm, live in southwest Florida. He also writes at, and you can follow him on Twitter.

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 176
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7154-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7154-1
ISBN-UPC: 9781433571541
Case Quantity: 10
Published: March 16, 2021

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why a Book on Plurality?

Part 1: Building a Plurality
Chapter 1: A Plurality Primer
Chapter 2: A Case for a “First Among Equals” 
Chapter 3: Dressing for Leadership Storms: Five Hats Senior Pastors Wear
Chapter 4: Counterfeit Pluralities

Part 2: Thriving as a Plurality
Chapter 5: Building a Culture of Care and Accountability
Chapter 6: Acknowledging and Sharing Power
Chapter 7: The Plurality Tune-Up
Chapter 8: The Joy-Jamming Delight of Shared Ministry

Appendix 1: Elders, Care for Your Senior Pastor
Appendix 2: Your Wife Is Not Your Plurality: How Much Should a Pastor Tell His Wife?
Appendix 3: What’s the Best Way for a Pastor to Negotiate His Salary?
Appendix 4: Term Limits for Elders (Jeff Robinson)