A very interesting report over at Barna indicates that while 92% of pastors believe they are effective leaders, only 14% believe they are effective at thinking and acting strategically.  Interpretation: If the pastor is not a strategic leader, the church will not be what it could.  If it is to incorporate strategy it will have to come from elsewhere, such as another staff member or a member of the congregation.  Unfortunately, the study also found that "more often than not, the strategic leader is mistakenly perceived to be a manager and gets assigned to overseeing details rather than anticipating and planning for potential opportunities and challenges."  Wow.  That is a huge and tragic finding.   

Strategic Leadership