Title of the Course
Introduction to Christian Leadership
Leadership scholars have presented many theories in understanding leadership. However, making sense of hundreds of books and thousands of studies is a complicated task, which is why many mistakenly think that leadership is an indefinable phenomenon. Some of us presume complete authority in our own favored ways. Novel leaders often discard the entire system used by the exiting leaders. In a catastrophic situation, persistence on individual style can be helpful; yet in a democratic culture, leaders don’t own the organization and must consider the right of the followers. Personal style and preference must be avoided in such democratic organizations. Numerous pursue the timely trends.
Approaches to Leadership
Countless writers wrote about Christian leadership based on the Scripture, but the dissimilar selection of passages in the Bible and the differences in understanding yielded different approaches and emphasis in leadership theories. A number of theories are popular at one time but overlooked at other times. Though many do come to a different conclusion through emphasizing on different things at the time, many do convey valid points4. People can still learn from them if they understand them in their own context and their own way of interpretation. The common public may think of leadership as roles of authority, power and influence, but keeping one aspect of the Bible only is also unwholesome. If Bible is surveyed in a broader scope, some general roles from which we can build the leadership models could clearly be identify. Servant and Shepherd images are established by Christ Himself in the New Testament, emphasizing the standard and approach of the leader. Priests, Prophets, Kings Roles paint a picture of the Old Testament leaders, focusing on their roles.
Principle of the Shepherd's
Shepherd Leadership Principle is summarized in statement: “A Christian leader knows the path to Spiritual destinations; he also shows the path and Goes on it so that others can follow to get there. He goes in the front of the followers on the very same way he knows and shows”.1 The definitive end of the path for Christ is to Glorify God through calling people to Himself, building them up in the Spirit and sending them out to witness for Him so that more people are called to the same process. Our mission must somehow be related to this great commission. Yet more often, the mission for the group in which the leader is called to and for which he is accountable is confused even in the leader himself. Christ-like leadership must look to the goal to which Christ looked. Progress of any part of Christ's body must then be measured by deepened relationship with God among Christians and non-Christians towards the Father's glory through the church which Christ calls.
Yes, foot washing and Christ's incarnation means being humble enough, having the willingness and readiness to the lowliest job anytime. We must note that while leadership implies that the leader can and is ready to serve by doing the lowly jobs, doing only a lot of lowly jobs do not make a person a leader. Jesus did not become the savior by washing feet in his whole ministry. The washing of the disciples' feet was not a functional cleansing act but done to demonstrate the need of the servant hood attitude. Jesus as the leader still led by performing the leadership functions: leading finding the way, showing it and exemplify by walking on it. 3 In Jesus' case, He continuously revealed His path and mission to the disciples at the rate that they could understand, prepared them and called them to follow His steps. He guided and taught them like a priest; corrected and even rebuked them like the prophets and led them in activities like an old Israelite King. We will now explore this very important...
References: 1. Coleman, Robert, The Master Plan of Evangelism (New Jersey: Revell, 1963).
2. R Chua, WeeHian, Learning To Lead Inter, (London: Varsity Press, 1987).
3. HR Eims, Leroy, Be a Motivational Leader, (Wheaton: Victor Books, 1981).
4. HR Eims, Leroy, Be the Leader you were meant to be, (Wheaton: Victor Books, 1975).
5. HR Engstrom, Ted, The Making of a Christian Leader, (Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 1976).
6. H Foster, Timothy, Dare To Lead, (Glendale: Regal Books, 1977).
7. HR Le Peau, Andrew, T. Paths of Leadership Inter, (New York: Varsity Press Downers Grove, Il. 1983).
8. H MacDonald, Gordon, Ordering Your Private Wolrd, (New York: Nelson Nashville, 1984).
9. HR McKenna, David, L. Power to Follow, Grace to Lead, (Dallas: Word Publishing, 1989)
10. Sanders, Oswald, J. Spiritual Leadership, Chicago: Moody Bible Institute, 1967).
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