Leadership DevelopmentFrom Good to Great: Developing Christian Disciples & Leaders (Matthew 20:25-28)
source for the rationale of the theme is page 8 and 9 of the 2006
Episcopal Address delivered by Bishop Henry M. Williamson. He states,
“The challenge of the twenty-first century is undeniably that of
developing leaders. Will we reach, train, equip and empower effective
leaders to the issues of our day?”
He further states, “The world
is looking for a new model of leadership—one that seeks less to control
people and more to honor them and empower them to make good choices; one
that inspires commitment and builds teams; one which does not involve
managing people like we manage things.” This leads Bishop Williamson to
say that the model of leadership needed is modeled by Jesus Christ. The
model is Servant-Leader; one of making disciples and developing new
leaders. He concludes this section of the address by saying, “His
(Jesus) model was developing spiritually mature men and women and
equipping them with the skills and tools to advance His Kingdom. The
Jesus model of leadership was about sharing power, not hording it.” Our
biblical basis for the theme, also used in the Episcopal Address and in
the previous convocation, is Matthew 20:25-28.
It is very
appropriate to use Jesus as our model for leadership in the church, for
indeed our ecclesiology rests on Christology. It seems that Jesus’
vision of the style of leadership, servanthood, is being emphasized to
correspond to the alternative style of kingship.
Thus, with the
aid of the Bible and the College of Bishops we seem to be unified in the
principle of what is the right kind of leader. We must now take on the
task of defining how we carry out the passion of our purpose of
developing the desired leaders.
At a minimum we first must reach
men and women. The theme implies that we must use all of the
evangelistic tools available to reach. Second we must train, equip and
empower men and women. This requires providing the human and other
material resources necessary for our mission of developing Christian
disciples and leaders.
This is a strong challenge at this
convocation especially to those who work under the umbrella of
connectional ministries. This leads us from the theoretical or
theological side of the theme to the praxis or the practical/action side
of the theme.
How do we develop Christian disciples and leaders
in the local church that leads to leaders at all levels of the church?
And how do we develop Christian disciples and leaders of people who are
already in leadership roles? The focus and intent of classes at the
convocation will serve to address these two questions.
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