Fractal Leadership

Jethro says to his son in law Moses:  ”What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?…What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice…select capable people--people who fear God, trustworthy people who hate dishonest gain--and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens…”   Exodus 18:14-23 NIV.  


Pastor Wayne Cordeiro at New Hope teaches “fractal leadership.” A fractal is a repeating pattern found in nature and is one way that God multiplies and replicates.  The smallest part looks like the biggest part structure.  The structure works no matter how big the organism or organization gets.       

Benefits of Fractal Leadership

1.  Creates natural discipleship groupings

2.  Develops and empowers leaders in a safe environment

3.  Leadership roots grow horizontally and vertically

4.  Builds leadership continuity

5.  Can produce motivated, responsive and agile team


The simple fractal above shows one over two repeating where New Hope Churches will generally use one over four.  There are military chains of commands in disaster relief that use as many as one leading seven.  The point here is the “sphere of influence” must be limited to grow. 

Not that long ago a young pastor asked for some help to grow his church.  He could not get past 100 in congregation. After a quick inventory and mapping his leadership structure, the pastor could see that he had a sphere of influence of twelve.  He said, “No wonder I am burning out!”  In essence, he was Moses in the middle of the wagon wheel as he made all the decisions in the church.    

Jethro says: appointing trustworthy leaders “will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you.  If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”  If I can be of help to talk through church structure leading to growth and multiplication, I am at your service.  Kiha Pimental (808) 561-5967.