[Or maybe: Leadership Equipping And Development]
Good news! My pastor bought off on my proposal breaking next year’s Leadership Training into three 12-week semesters, structured as a focused bible study. We are using “LEAD!” as the working title. The initial draft syllabus is below.
The catch is that I am signed up to produce all these (though once we nail down the outline, perhaps I can get others to fill in specific pieces). I suppose I’ll start by just blogging appropriate bible studies and going from there. At least I have until September…
I. THINKING THEOLOGICALLY
Here is my best attempt at a minimal 12-week course that covers the heart issues of contemporary theology.
- Trinitarian Transformationalism: The Divine Plot
- The Kingdom of God: What is God’s overall purpose for creation, and for us?
- The Depravity of Man: Why aren’t we fulfilling that purpose?
- The Fear of the Lord: Where does God’s sovereignty come in?
- The Sufficiency of Christ: What difference does Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection make?
- The Necessity of Repentance: How do we appropriate that?
- The Working of the Spirit: What resources does God provide to help us?
- The Authority of Scripture: Why must we trust it?
- The Offices of the Church: To whom must we submit? For what?
- The Unity of the Body: How can we get along? To what end?
- The Redemption of Creation: What in the world is God doing?
- The End of History: Where we are ultimately going.
II. CHRISTIAN CHARACTER
The idea is that each of these steps would be a single “life lesson”, but that together they provide the “full armor of God.”
- Crucified Shame: Christ’s death heals our deepest needs and fears.
- Holistic Spirituality: the Holy Spirit superintending our heart, soul, mind and strength.
- Deep Repentance: confessing and correcting the underlying attitudes and beliefs that thwart God’s will
- Reconciled Relationships: replacing anger and bitterness with forgiveness and trust
- Authentic Accountability: frequent interactions on serious issues with a few close friends
- Submissive Servanthood: honoring our superiors in the way we carry out our ministry
- Humble Religiosity: pursuing personal holiness while preventing prideful legalism
- Healthy Sexuality: finding wholeness in constructive ways by dealing with the wounds that could destroy us
- Harmonious Families: holiness and happiness via respectful marital, parental, and filial relationships
- Sound Financials: giving to God and saving for the future
- Vocational Integrity: aligning our work and career with God’s larger call on our lives
- Sanctifying Sabbath: how genuine rest forces us to prioritize and face painful truths
III. SKILLS FOR SERVICE
Here’s my short list (twelve, again) of the key abilities I believe leaders need to cultivate.
- Personal Bible Study: Understanding Scripture for ourselves
- Warfare Prayer: How to shake the heavens.
- The Slow Fast: Emptying ourselves to be filled.
- Memorizing the Word: Sharpening the Sword for battle.
- Daily Journaling: Tracking God’s activity over time.
- Cultivating Spiritual Gifts: For what has God made us?
- Failing Courageously: Taking risks, making mistakes, and learning from them.
- Good Things in Small Groups: Building missional communities.
- Constructive Criticism: ‘Tis as important to receive as to give
- Counseling and Discipleship: Helping people reflect God’s glory and grace.
- Friendship Evangelism: How to get Jesus into people’s hearts.
- Public Speaking: Communicating clearly and concisely.