Foundations of christian leadership

Report
A Leader’s Personal Life
With Randy Wollf
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies and Practical
Theology at ACTS Seminaries
[email protected]
Randy’s Leadership Blog - www.MinistryLift.ca
Nehemiah
As you think about Nehemiah as a leader,
what stands out to you?
Nehemiah
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He employed appropriate skills
He leveraged the power of team
He strengthened the Jewish community
He understood God’s purpose for him
He was a man of character
Nehemiah prayed
Christian Leadership Pyramid
Biblical Truth
...on his law, he meditates
day and night.
Psalm 1:2
Skill
Team
Jesus’ example
Community
...love one another deeply...
(1 Peter 1:22).
Calling
For we are God’s workmanship...
(Ephesians 2:10).
Character
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved
children (Ephesians 5:1).
A Growing Relationship with God
So, then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to
live in him, rooted and built up in him... (Colossians 2:6-7).
Following Video
The Blizzard of Busyness
“Many of us have lost
our way, spiritually, in
the whiteout of the
blizzard swirling around
us. Blizzards begin when
we say yes to too many
things. Between
demands from work and
family, our lives fall
somewhere between full
and overflowing.”
-Scazzero (pp. 153-154)
Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution in Your
Life in Christ. Updated and expanded ed. Nashville, TN: Integrity, 2006.
Journey Through the Wall
STAGE 6
Transformed
Into Love
STAGE 1
Life-Changing
Awareness of God
STAGE 2
Discipleship
(Learning)
Stages of Faith
STAGE 5
Journey Outward
(From my inner life)
STAGE 3
The Active Life
(Serving)
STAGE 4
Journey Inward
THE WALL
Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution in Your
Life in Christ. Updated and expanded ed. Nashville, TN: Integrity, 2006.
A Rule of Life
The word “rule” comes from
the Greek for “trellis.”
Scazzero states, “A trellis is a
tool that enables a grapevine
to get off the ground and
grow upward, becoming more
fruitful and productive. In the
same away, a Rule of Life is a
trellis that helps us abide in
Christ and become more
fruitful spiritually.”
“A Rule of Life, very simply, is an intentional, conscious plan to keep God
at the centre of everything we do.”
-Scazzero (p. 196)
Rule of Life Elements
Worship
Hebrews 13:15-16 - Through Jesus, therefore, let
us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—
the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
16 And do not forget to do good and to share with
others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Worship Languages
The way we tend to relate to God
and how we draw near to Him
Thomas, Gary. Sacred Pathways. Rev. ed. Nashville, TN.: T. Nelson, 1996.
The Five Love Languages:
-Words of Affirmation
-Quality Time
-Receiving Gifts
-Acts of Service
-Physical Touch
Chapman, Gary. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts . Chicago: Northfield Pub., 2009.
Worship Languages
The way we tend to relate to God
and how we draw near to Him
• NATURALISTS – Loving God out of
Doors
• SENSATES – Loving God with the
Senses
• TRADITIONALISTS – Loving God
through Ritual and Symbol
• ASCETICS – Loving God in Solitude
and Simplicity
Thomas, Gary. Sacred Pathways. Rev. ed. Nashville, TN.: T. Nelson, 1996.
Worship Languages
• ACTIVISTS – Loving God Through
Confrontation
• CAREGIVERS – Loving God through
Loving Others
• ENTHUSIASTS – Loving God with
Mystery and Celebration
• CONTEMPLATIVES – Loving God
through Adoration
• INTELLECTUALS – Loving God with
the Mind
Thomas, Gary. Sacred Pathways. Rev. ed. Nashville, TN.: T. Nelson, 1996.
Worship Languages
http://common.northpoint.org/sacredpathway.html
Worship Languages
Discussion – As you think about
these different worship languages,
how do you prefer to worship God?
Rule of Life Elements
Scripture
Psalm 1:1-3 - Blessed is the one who does not
walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way
that sinners take or sit in the company of
mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the
LORD, and who meditates on his law day and
night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by
streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they
do prospers.
Rule of Life Elements
Silence and Solitude
Mark 1:35 - Very early in the morning, while it
was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and
went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Rule of Life Elements
Prayer
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - Rejoice always, pray
continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for
this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Rule of Life Elements
Study
1 Chronicles 12: 23, 32 – 23 These are the
numbers of the men armed for battle who came
to David at Hebron to turn Saul’s kingdom over to
him, as the LORD had said... 32 from Issachar, men
who understood the times and knew what Israel
should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives
under their command
I’ve got it, too, Omar…a strange feeling like we’ve
just been going in circles.
Outlearning the Wolves
Surviving and Thriving
in a Learning Organization
Story by David Hutchens; illustrations by Bobby
Gombert
To be used in conjunction with the book
Outlearning the Wolves: Surviving and Thriving in a
Learning Organization (Pegasus Communications,
Inc., 1998).
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This is a wolf.
This is a sheep.
Wolves eat sheep.
Any questions?
The wolves posed a constant threat to the sheep.
Still, over the years, the flock got bigger and bigger.
The occasional loss, though very sad, was to be expected.
This is Otto.
“I have a dream…” said Otto. “I dream of a day
when not another sheep will ever die
to become breakfast for a wolf.”
“But even the fence cannot keep the wolves away,”
said Curly. “Wolves learn very quickly.”
“Then we must learn—even more quickly!” said Otto.
“We will become a learning flock.”
The flock decided to huddle together at night to protect
themselves. Otto kept watch as the sky darkened
and the flock fell asleep.
The next morning, Otto was gone.
“Maybe the wolves aren’t as unstoppable as we think.
Something is stopping them, at least some of the time.”
“I won’t stand for this kind of
disrespect to our ancestors.
That little ewe is making a
mockery out of our heritage.”
“When we had the drought,
the wolves seemed to come
much more often.
Hmmmm…”
“Marietta is right. The
wolves only seem to
come at certain times.”
“Maybe the wolves aren’t jumping
over the fence. It’s pretty
high…and I don’t think any animal
is that strong…”
Later that afternoon, all the sheep came back together
to talk about their ideas. Impressed by the turnout,
Jerome made an attempt to count the sheep…
but, strangely, he found himself becoming so sleepy
that he had to stop.
“Look!” said Curly. “The wolves crawl under
the fence when there is a drought.”
“Well, we can’t control the weather,” Gigi said.
”But we can control the flow of water.”
As Gigi dug a hole, Jerome built a dam, and Shep pulled
thorns from hooves, a small pond formed around
the fence. The flock now had a beautiful place
where they could gather and drink and play.
But best of all, the wolves stopped coming.
“I’m glad we became a learning flock,” the sheep said.
“It feels good to know that we’ll never have to go
through anything like that ever again.”
But maybe they would.
Rule of Life Elements
Sabbath
Exodus 20:8-11 - “Remember the Sabbath day by
keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all
your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the
LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work,
neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male
or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner
residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD
made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that
is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.
Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and
made it holy.
Rule of Life Elements
Rule of Life Elements
Simplicity
Hebrews 12:1-2 - Therefore, since we are
surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let
us throw off everything that hinders and the sin
that so easily entangles. And let us run with
perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing
our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of
faith. For the joy set before him he endured the
cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the
right hand of the throne of God.
Rule of Life Elements
Play and Re-creation
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - Do you not know that
your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is
in you, whom you have received from God? You
are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Five Questions
What re-creates you?
Do you have permission to play?
Do you remember how to play?
Do you play frequently?
Do you exercise the same dedication to
play that you do to your work?
"You can discover more about a person in
an hour of play than in a year of
conversation."
Plato
Rule of Life Elements
Service and Mission
Ephesians 2:10 - For we are God’s handiwork,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which
God prepared in advance for us to do.
Rule of Life Elements
Care for the Physical Body
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - Do you not know that
your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is
in you, whom you have received from God? You
are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Rule of Life Elements
Emotional Health
Psalm 78:31 - God’s anger rose against them...
John 11:35 – Jesus wept
Ephesians 4:26 - In your anger do not sin: Do not
let the sun go down while you are still angry
The Importance of Emotional
Intelligence (EQ)
► Much
more than intelligence (i.e. IQ) is needed for
effective leadership
► IQ may help you to succeed initially; EQ will help
you to sustain and build on your initial success.
Rule of Life Elements
Family
Ephesians 5:22-6:4 – Wives submit...husbands
love...children obey...fathers do not exasperate
your children
Bob Pierce
Rule of Life Elements
Community (Companions for the Journey)
Hebrews 10:24-25 - And let us consider how we
may spur one another on toward love and good
deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some
are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one
another—and all the more as you see the Day
approaching.
Rule of Life Elements
and Re-creation
► Service and Mission
► Scripture
► Silence and Solitude ► Care for the Physical Body
► Emotional Health
► Prayer
► Family
► Study
► Community (Companions for
► Sabbath
the Journey)
► Simplicity
► Worship
► Play
As you think about these 13 elements of a Rule of Life, which
ones are quite strong for you personally? Which ones would
you like to develop further?
Priorities
Priorities
“Imagine life as a game in which you are
juggling some five balls in the air. You name
them - work, family, health, friends and spirit
- and you're keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a
rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.
But the other four balls - family, health,
friends and spirit - are made of glass. If you
drop one of these, they will be irrevocably
scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even
shattered. They will never be the same. You
must understand that and strive for balance
in your life.”
― Brian Dyson (former CEO of Coca-Cola)
Renovation of the Heart
Who we are, how we live and
how we serve is
“a simple result of what we
have become in the depths of
our being -- in our spirits, will,
or heart. From there we see
our world and interpret reality.
From there we make our
choices, break forth into
action, try to change our world.
We live from our depths…”
(Willard, 2002, p. 13).
Christian Leadership Pyramid
Biblical Truth
...on his law, he meditates
day and night.
Psalm 1:2
Skill
Team
Jesus’ example
Community
...love one another deeply...
(1 Peter 1:22).
Calling
For we are God’s workmanship...
(Ephesians 2:10).
Character
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved
children (Ephesians 5:1).
A Growing Relationship with God
So, then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to
live in him, rooted and built up in him... (Colossians 2:6-7).

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