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.

We believe:

  • 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.

To Know God and Make Him Known

“Have you ever been pursued?” What a strange way to start a conversation I thought. Pursued … a cop because I was speeding? … no, I don’t speed. An animal during a hike? … don’t think so. My wife? … I think I was the pursuer! “What do you mean?” I asked. He paused for […]

A Call to Discipleship

“do you know what a maturing disciple looks like in your church?” There is urgency to our message. They began to arrive. Some bleary eyed and travel weary with luggage in tow, others bright and full of energy. As pizza was served the group began to take shape. Introductions were made, handshakes and hugs exchanged, […]


We believe in the return and reign of Jesus Christ, the final resurrection, the judgement of the unrighteous in hell and the eternal reward of the righteous in heaven. Return of Christ. Jesus promised that he would return in the same manner as he ascended into heaven. The return of Jesus Christ is our confident […]

CHRIST’S FINAL TRIUMPH – the Recorder Article.

We believe in the return and reign of Jesus Christ, the final resurrection, the judgment of the unrighteous in hell and the eternal reward of the righteous in heaven. With that one short statement we affirm that we believe some things that are completely out of fashion in today’s world: that Jesus will return and […]


We believe that the mission of the Church is to make disciples in all the world by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in evangelism and compassionate ministries. Church and Mission. God the Father is inviting all people to enter the kingdom, to accept salvation in Jesus Christ, and to enjoy the blessings of the […]


We believe that God offers peace and reconciliation to all humanity through the work of Christ on the cross. Followers of Christ’s law of love affirm the sacredness of life as they make peace in personal, social, and international situations. Peace through Christ. The church demonstrates the power of Christ’s work by its life together. […]

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.

SCOPE & Darrell Kehler

Darrell Kehler

Darrell Kehler launched SCOPE after more than 20 years of working in leadership development with a broad range of individuals and organizations.

Find out more about Darrell Kehler and Scope Leadership Development Here!

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