The format I’m proposing for LEAD! is what I’m calling a “Transformational Small Group Bible Study”. This builds on my many years in InterVarsity Small Groups during eleven years of college, as well as numerous “home groups” in churches since then. The key aspects are:
• Bible Study
History and philosophy have their place, but for sheer impact nothing beats digging directly into the Word of God. The primary method of teaching is working inductively through a specific passage of Scripture, with additional resources acting as supplements. In addition to implicitly teaching good study skills, this also opens the door for the Holy Spirit to provide insights beyond the wisdom of the original author (i.e., me :-).
• Small Group
The best way to learn is in a small, focused team of 6-8 people (or, more broadly, 3-12). This provides both a sounding board for digesting information as well as accountability and encouragement for living it out.
The ultimate goal of the group is not so much to acquire information, but to be personally and corporately transformed — by and while transforming the world around us.
Below is a suggested format for achieving that…
As part of my journey to rethink leadership training, I wanted to summarize the goals and constraints of such a process. Here’s a first cut…
[Reposting an essay by my cousin, at his request. — Ernie P.]
Even though I haven’t posted for a while, I’ve been thinking a lot about Comprehensive Theological Education. In particular, I’ve been trying to identify the key “success factors” necessary to improve upon traditional methods. Here’s my current list. Any thing you’d like to add, Gentle Reader?
[Updated March 9th to use “over”, based on Andrew’s comments on Pressing In]
Before I return my copy of Transformation: A Unifying Vision of the Church’s Mission to Milan Telian, I wanted to blog a few more key insights on the nature of Transformation, excerpted from the last several chapters.
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My old Sunday School
teacher Peter Wagner
used to joke that the First Rule of Christian Debate was to pick the worst example of the other side and use that to justify your own position. Alas, he knew from painful experience that such tactics were no laughing matter, but all too common a problem in theological circles.
Which is why I was so thrilled to run across the writings (excerpted below) of Episcopalian professor Dr. Russell Reno of Creighton University in Nebraska. His writings display that rare combination of:
* an in-depth understanding of the challenges of both modernity and post-modernity
* a disciplined desire to understand both the strengths and weaknesses of alternate viewpoints
* the ability to lucidly identify the central issue in dense theological debates
* a heartfelt commitment to Jesus and historic Christianity
My only regret is that — at least in his writings — he seems, well, sad; almost a Jeremiah tenaciously clinging to faith amidst the ruins of contemporary Christendom. I wonder if contact with Transformationalists from other countries might help buoy his spirits…
I have a new hero — Sayo Ajiboye
. His blog Lead Africa
basically documents his attempts to do
what I’ve merely been talking about: develop a biblical theology capable of supporting wide-scale transformational change. Africa is arguably the crucible for a new understanding of economics, because it demonstrates the horror of what happens when one attempts to impose modern financial practices on a non-theistic moral structure. I hope to connect with his MISSION AFRICA INTERNATIONAL
; I suspect he might know evangelists like Luis Bush and Ed Silvoso — though I wonder if I’m more closely linked via geeks
like Doc Searls
Update: More fans of Sayo Ajiboye
Where does leadership come from? How can we recognize/create healthy leadership?
The most powerful weapon in the universe is transformational love
The most powerful act in the universe is creating happiness
Humble power — meekness — does not corrupt; it redeems.
Pastoral capitalism builds business via a yin/yang process of:
* Discipling Reality : Engineering/Operations
* Nurturing Community: Marketing/Sales
* Rewarding Character: Management/Human Resources
* Enforcing Humility
[Read more] for the backstory of how all these fit together.
A holistic worship pastor is one who pastors worship
* of and to the whole God
* in and by the whole congregation
* with our whole heart
our whole lives
[Read More] for the backstory.