There is no question whether the apostle Paul had the gifts to be a powerful and effective evangelist, but the skills of an evangelist are different from those of a church leader.
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Dr. Bruce E. Winston currently serves as a professor, teaching in the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Doctor of Strategic Leadership programs at Regent University. His paper "The Four Cs of Christian Leadership" creates a beautifully biblical framework for leadership development.
According to 1 Timothy 3:2, anyone who aspires to the office of overseer in the church should be able to teach. John Piper, a Calvinistic Baptist preacher and author, identifies eight traits of good teaching that can provide a focus for developing this biblically mandated skill in our church leaders.
This article by Jim Merhaut describes why emotional intelligence (EIQ) can be a better predictor of leadership success than IQ. It includes a link to an EIQ test that includes practical ideas for boosting your EIQ to make you a more effective leader.
Do these names mean something to you: Exponential, Verge, Catalyst, Leadership Network, etc.,? I thought so! Here is a site that makes it their business to have the up-to-date information on the events that are being hosted by these premier league church development organizations.
Everything you needed to know and didn't ever want to know is just a click away...But as the body of material available on the world-wide web explodes, it often feels like it is many, many clicks before you find something useful and meanwhile you've likely been distracted by many interesting rabbit trails. Here's help.
Wisdom helps us as we pursue good and godly leadership. Larry Osborne of North Coast Church in California gives timely leadership wisdom for planters and established church pastors.
Being a good leader does not equal being good at leadership development, yet it is our church leadership- both pastoral and lay- that we look to for wisdom and guidance on how to ensure the next generation is ready to lead.
An overview of the leadership development 'ministry philosophy' created by the North American Baptist Church that contains much wisdom and food for thought for our own context.
This book presents an alternative model for churches, from its leadership structure to its mobilization of the laity, that hopes to recreate the church Jesus and the apostles cultivated: a church not chasing the wind but rather going into the world and making disciples of Jesus.
This book is designed to enlighten, encourage and equip church leaders as they seek to rediscover the 'sentness' inherent in the message of the gospel and the purpose of church.
What does effective church leadership look like? Pastor Jeramie Rinne sets forth an easy-to-understand “job description” for elders drawn from the Bible’s teaching on church leadership.
Dan Allender argues that the best leaders live paradoxical lives, where they lead with power because of their weakness, find success through acknowledging their failures and lose their life, so that they might save it.
The Mission Activators of Classis Quinte-West were asked to develop a list of skills and character traits that would help identify and develop leaders who have the capacity to lead larger groups (15+).
A highly-insightful, practical, personal and economical online strengths assessment tool, partnered with comprehensive 'unpacking' support through the accompanying book and website.
Is there a way to ensure that when elders, deacons and ministry leaders step up to the plate they feel ready and able...and not just willing? What if like the 3 R's in education, it was a spiralling process of exposure, reinforcement and mastery?
Continuing the legacy of and influence of Francis Schaeffer with new research and findings.
In this book Saccone shows how you can raise up leaders from within your own community and develop them into passionate, faithful servants of God.
An exegesis of 1 Timothy 3 that results in a list of Biblical Leadership Qualifications and their contemporary equivalents divided into Attitudes, Behaviors and Competencies, including what's not on the list.
A framework of scriptural leadership competencies and their contemporary equivalents based on an exegesis of 1 Timothy 3 by Matthew Kutz, the Administrative Director for the Foundation Stone Christian Center, Northwood, OH.
What difference should being Christ-followers make to how we develop leaders? What measuring sticks are we using to determine if it is being done well?
"Making it look easy takes a lot of practice" say Matt Smay and Hugh Halter about incarnational life and missional community. "A workbook alone won't get the job done...It also includes learning to take personal responsbility for your own calling."
"If we make disciples like Jesus made them, we'll never have a problem finding leaders or seeing new people coming to faith"- Mike Breen
This book presents a incredibly comprehensive vision for how pastors and ministry leaders can adapt to a post-Christian culture without abandoning orthodox theology. It offers challenging insights and provocative questions based on Keller's more than 20 years of ministry in an urban context.