Disciple by Design
Fulfilling the mission Christ has given requires Church Leaders who are capable, visionary leaders who serve their local church with passion. Leaders will determine the church’s health, growth and effectiveness in mission.
“Everything rises and falls with leadership.” ~John Maxwell
The EMMC 5-Year Strategic Plan provides a basis for a renewed obedience and response to Jesus’ call to “Make Disciples” in Matthew 28:18-20. From that perspective, we place an emphasis on leadership development and discipleship as the foundation of becoming obedient to the Great Commission.
The Biblical Basis for Developing Leaders
Leadership development is part of the discipleship process. The process of becoming more like Christ in heart, motivation, character and relationship. Leaders are ultimately servants, serving God first, and then the people they have been entrusted to lead. Christian leadership development is a deliberate process to equip disciples of Jesus Christ to be effective godly influencers in the areas they have been called to serve.
- Leadership development is a process, a life-long journey, not an event.
- Leadership development has a specific focus, to help people develop the heart and skills needed to lead effectively.
- Leadership development has a purpose, to effectively fulfill the mission of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to a waiting world.
The Essentials of Leadership
Christian leadership development produces life transformation in three areas often referred to the Head (Knowledge), Heart (Character) and Hands (Skills). We view these as the three legs of a stool, each needed for balance and all focused on Christ. All three need to be developed in every believer.
Heart (Character): A Christ-like character is foundational to the life of a leader. Character sustains leadership. When a leader demonstrates consistent integrity, trust is built. Effective leaders develop Christ-like character as they grow in intimacy with Jesus, leading with the heart of Jesus in their workplace, family and church.
Head (Knowledge): A Christ-like leader has a growing relationship with Jesus and desires to better understand the Bible. This knowledge needs to be skillfully applied in everyday life. Effective leaders develop knowledge in the Scriptures, self, leadership principles and how that impacts the Great Commission.
Hands (Skills): Christ-like leaders who have the foundation of a Christ-like character, who are growing in their relationship with Jesus, are aware that certain skills are required to work towards a common goal. The skills of leadership include a wide range of learned abilities including relating to others, leading change, communicating vision, equipping others, and building effective teams.
We believe that leadership development is an ongoing process of equipping disciples to become Christ-like leaders, having a healthy balance of Head, Heart and Hands with the goal of building the Church and reaching the world with the Good News of Jesus.
Our desire is to build the leadership capacity within our local EMMC churches. Our purpose is to EQUIP and ENCOURAGE our churches for effective ministry, EMPOWERING them to participate in God’s work in the world.
Darrell Kehler launched SCOPE after more than 20 years of working in leadership development with a broad range of individuals and organizations.
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