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Runninge Head:e LEADERSHIPe DEVELOPMENTe PLANe
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Leadershipe Developmente Plan
LEADe 510e Libertye University
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Introductione
Ine thee Christianitye religion,e leadershipe concepte ise givene highe importance.e Jesuse
Christ,e thee epitomee ofe Christianitye hade himselfe servede otherse toe thee beste ofe hise ability.e
Accordinge toe Bille Lawrence,e thee Presidente ofe thee Leadershipe Formatione International,e
leadershipe ise thee acte ofe servinge ore influencinge otherse becausee ofe thee intereste ofe Christ.e
Leaderse exhibite theire behaviore soe thate theye cane adde valuee toe thee livese ofe otherse ande
accomplishe thee purposee ofe Gode throughe theme (Whate Ise Christiane Leadership?e 8e
Principlese |e CUe Online,e 2018).e Christiane leadershipe ise note exactlye rootede ine thee worldlye
notione relatinge toe successe likee thee lovee fore powere ore money.e Leaderse aree thee individualse
whoe aree note supposede toe oppresse ore overpowere others.e Theye aree responsiblee toe servee
whoe aree undere them.e Jesuse wase thee livee examplee ofe ae truee Christiane leadere whoe playede
thee rolee ofe ae bondservante (Whate Ise Christiane Leadership?e 8e Principlese |e CUe Online,e
2018).e Hee wase ae livee examplee ofe ae truee leader.e Hee showede thee exacte extente toe whiche ae
leadere cane goe toe servee hise disciplese ine thee beste waye possible.e Somee ofe thee coree
leadershipe principlese thate havee beene capturede ine Christianitye aree love,e modesty,e self-
development,e motivation,e correction,e integrity,e ande followere ofe God’se Will.e
Leadershipe ise considerede toe bee extremelye importante ine thee Christiane life.e Ine fact,e
ae Christiane leadere cane bee saide toe bee nourishere ande feedere ofe thee sheep.e Thee beste examplee
ofe ae Christiane leadere ise noe onee othere thane Lorde Jesuse Christ.e Hee hade declarede thate “Ie ame
thee goode shepherd.e Thee goode shepherde layse downe hise lifee fore thee sheep”e (Johne 10:11)e
(Whate ise Christiane leadership?e |e GotQuestions.org,e 2019).e Christiane leadershipe hase ae
numbere ofe layerse whiche muste bee explorede ine greate detaile toe gete ae deepere insighte intoe thee
leadershipe concept.e Thee leadershipe developmente plane thate hase beene presentede heree
focusese one biblicale theologye relatinge toe leadership,e thee coree principlese ofe leadership,e thee
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typese ofe leadershipe stylese thate cane bee deployede ine thee organizationale setting,e creatinge ae
healthye ministrye bye equippinge leaderse ande servinge organizationale missione effectively.e
Theologye ofe Leadership
Thise areae ofe thee leadershipe developmente plane basicallye focusese one thee keye
Biblicale passagese thate aree associatede withe leadership.e Variouse segmentse ofe thee Biblee
focuse one thee concepte ofe leadership.e Onee ofe thee moste inspiringe statementse thate havee beene
capturede ine thee booke readse “Soe ife theree ise anye encouragemente ine Christ,e anye comforte
frome love,e anye participatione ine thee Spirit,e anye affectione ande sympathy,e completee mye joye
bye beinge ofe thee samee mind,e havinge thee samee love,e beinge ine fulle accorde ande ofe onee mind.e
Doe nothinge frome selfishe ambitione ore conceit,e bute ine humilitye counte otherse moree
significante thane yourselves…”e Thise statemente bye Paul,e thee Apostlee ofe Jesuse hase beene
guidinge Christianse frome alle arounde thee worlde fore manye decadese ande centuries.e
Leaderse havee beene givene ane importante rolee toe playe soe thate theye cane servee otherse
withe love,e affection,e ande sympathye juste likee Jesuse Christe (Philippianse 2,e Englishe Standarde
Versione (ESV)e |e Thee Biblee App,e 2019).e Thee passagee ise onee ofe thee moste valuablee ande
usefule passagese whiche ise referrede toe ine ordere toe gete ae deepere insighte intoe howe leadershipe
perceivede ine Christianity.e Bute withe thee passagee ofe time,e thee concepte ofe leadershipe hase
beene moldede toe ae certaine degree.e Fore example,e ine thee currente times,e leadershipe ise oftene
connectede withe thee conceptse ofe power,e authority,e ande influence.e Thuse humane beingse havee
triede toe givee emphasise one thesee conceptse soe thate theye cane takee thee positione ofe leaderse
(Philippianse 2,e Englishe Standarde Versione (ESV)e |e Thee Biblee App,e 2019).e
Ine ordere toe resiste thise kinde ofe behaviore thate ise moldinge thee leadershipe concepte ine
ae negativee manner,e ae sete ofe biblicale passagese hase beene highlightede ine thee Theologye
section.e Thee objectivee ise toe helpe humane beingse gete ae propere understandinge ande insighte
intoe Jesuse Christ’se truee intentionse relatinge toe leadership.e Jesuse Christe tooke upe thee rolee ofe
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ae genuinee leadere bye servinge peoplee untile hise laste breath.e Ine Matthewe 20:25,e Jesuse madee
thee statemente thate “Youe knowe thate thee rulerse ofe thee Gentilese lorde ite overe them,e ande theire
superiorse exercisee authoritye overe them.e Bute ite shalle note bee soe amonge you.e Bute whoevere
woulde bee greate amonge youe muste bee youre servante ande whoevere woulde bee firste amonge youe
muste bee slavee ofe all.”e Thise ideae showse thate Jesuse Christe believede ae truee leadere ise onee
whoe ise ablee toe takee upe thee rolee ofe thee servante ande servese otherse withoute thinkinge ofe
himself.e Thee statemente alsoe shedse lighte one thee facte thate thee individualse ore leaderse whoe
wille trye toe showcasee authoritativee powere one otherse muste bee actuallye considerede toe bee
slavese (Matthewe 20,e Newe Americane Standarde Biblee (NASB)e |e Thee Biblee App,e 2019).e
Thee wordse thate havee comee oute ofe thee verye mouthe ofe Jesuse indicatese thate hee believede thate
ae truee leadere ise ae servante whoe wille bee willinge toe servee otherse ine ae selflesse manner.e Theree
aree alsoe instancese whene truee leaderse servee otherse ate theire verye owne expensee (1e
Corinthianse 9:7)e (Bloom,e 2017).e
Similarly,e ine Lukee 22:25-26,e ite ise highlightede thate “Thee kingse ofe thee Gentilese
exercisee lordshipe overe them,e ande thosee ine authoritye overe theme aree callede benefactors.e Bute
note soe withe you.e Rather,e lete thee greateste amonge youe becomee ase thee youngest,e ande thee
leadere ase onee whoe serves.”e (Bloom,e 2017).e Thee wordse ofe Jesuse hase shede lighte one thee
truee meaninge ofe ae leader.e Ae leadere ise note someonee whoe exercisese authority.e Instead,e
leaderse aree thee onese whoe aree willinge toe servee ande helpe otherse toe thee fullest.e Thee majoritye
ofe thee professinge Christianse believee thate ae truee Christiane leadere ise ane individuale whoe ise ae
servante leader.e
Philosophye ofe Leadership
Philosophye ise onee ofe thee moste integrale arease ofe thee leadershipe developmente plane
whiche mainlye focusese one thee Biblicale principlese relatinge toe leadership.e Thee theologye one
Christiane leadershipe actse ase thee foundatione one whiche thee coree principlese ofe leadershipe aree
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based.e e Thee biblicale principlese ofe leadershipe playe ae vitale rolee ine thee areae ofe thee churche ase
ite guidese Christiane leaderse throughoute theire leadershipe journey.e Dr.e Je Roberte Clintone whoe
ise considerede ase thee spearheade ine thee studye relatinge toe Christiane leadershipe hase saide thee
awarenesse ofe one’se ministrye philosophye cane helpe leaderse toe bee effectivee whilee playinge
theire roles.e Ate thee lowere level,e thee rolee ofe leadershipe philosophye mighte reducee bute thee
leaderse whoe aree responsiblee toe functione ate thee highere levele neede toe gete ae detailede
understandinge ofe leadershipe philosophy.e Thise ise becausee leadershipe philosophye actse ase thee
ultimatee foundatione ore guidelinee toe develope coree leadershipe values.e
Ine hise booke one Christiane leadership,e hee hase highlightede thate leaderse aree thee
individualse whome thee Almightye hase givene stronge charactere ase welle ase ministrye skillse
(Clinton,e 2018,e pe 10).e Ae leadere ise ane individuale whoe hase succeedede toe learne somee
valuablee lessonse ine thee lifee process.e Hee hase alsoe usede thee learnede lessonse fore givinge ae
definitee shapee toe hise influencee ine ordere toe accomplishe thee ultimatee purposee ofe thee
Almighty.e e Leadershipe emergencee hase givene risee toe ministrye philosophye whiche comprisese
ofe thee ideas,e values,e ande principlese thate ae leadere employse ine ordere toe makee decisionse ande
exercisee hise influencee (Clinton,e 2018,e pe 10).e
Jesuse Christe throughoute hise existencee hase servede ase ae truee servante leader.e Hise leadershipe
approache ande philosophye has,e ine fact,e moldede thee essencee ofe biblicale leadership.e Ine Johne
13:1-17,e Jesuse Christe focusede one servante leadership.e Thise ise evidente frome thee facte thate hee
washede thee feete ofe twelvee ofe hise disciplese himself.e e e Thise acte bye thee Lorde wase thee livee
examplee whiche showede thate ae servante leadere ise ane individuale whoe ise willinge toe servee
otherse withoute thinkinge ofe hise owne goode ore needs.e Somee ofe thee coree elementse thate muste
bee takene intoe consideratione ine ordere toe acte ase ae truee servante leadere includee sayinge yese toe
thee leadershipe challenge,e focusinge one servinge others,e startinge thee leadershipe approache
withe ae calle frome thee Lord,e understatinge thee meaninge ofe shepherdinge ande givinge emphasise
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toe ae cleare missione statemente (Biblicale Philosophye ofe Leadershipe |e Lausannee Worlde Pulsee
Archives,e 2019).e
Thee instancee wheree Jesuse Christe washede thee feete ofe hise disciplese showse howe
selflesse hise actionse were.e e Thise acte wase actuallye thee dutye ofe slaves.e Johne highlightede ine
greate detaile howe thee Lorde removede hise “clothing,e wrappede ae towele ande pourede watere intoe
ae basin”.e (ve 4-5)e Thee selflesse actionse hade bewilderede thee disciplese ofe Jesuse Christe beforee
ase well.e Hise servinge attitudee wase evidente frome everye walke ofe hise life.e Whene hise disciplese
camee upe toe hime ande askede aboute whoe ise thee greatest,e hee callede ae littlee childe ande madee
hime stande amonge theme (Matthewe 18:e 1-9).e Thise showse thee extente toe whiche hee hade ae
servinge attitude.e Hee madee suree thate littlee onese weree alsoe includede ande givene thee
importancee ande respecte thate theye deservede undere thee servante leadershipe modele (Biblicale
Philosophye ofe Leadershipe |e Lausannee Worlde Pulsee Archives,e 2019).e Accordinge toe Nsiah,e
thee servante leadershipe philosophye ofe Jesuse hase shapede Christiane leadershipe toe ae
significante extent.e Ite basicallye encouragese Christiane leaderse toe placee otherse beforee theme
ande givee thee disciples,e followerse ore subordinatese thee higheste prioritye (Nsiah,e 2013,e pe 1).e
Methods/e Modelse ofe leadershipe
Ine ordere toe constructe ae propere methode ore modele ofe leadership,e ite ise necessarye toe
takee intoe consideratione thee leadershipe practicese thate havee beene exhibitede ine churche overe
thee paste decades.e Thee knowledgee cane helpe toe gete ae deepere insighte intoe thee differente
leadershipe stylese thate individuale leaderse cane implemente ate thee organizationale levele
(Palmere ete al.,e 2001,e pe 33).e Ine additione toe thee paste leadershipe behaviore ande approaches,e ite
ise alsoe necessarye toe keepe ine minde thee currente practicese ande stylese thate aree beinge
implementede fore thee purposee ofe managinge thee moderne churchese (Palmere ete al.,e 2001,e pe
33).e Ase pere thee moderne leadershipe theoristse ase welle ase thee Newe Testament,e leadershipe ise
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note aboute givinge highe importancee toe thee leader.e Ite ise aboute achievinge thee ultimatee
missione ofe thee entiree group.e
Thee churche ofe Christe ise nothinge lesse thane ae mystery.e Onee ofe thee maine reasonse fore
itse mysteriouse naturee ise thee coursee thate ite hase beene throughe sincee itse verye inception.e Ae
numbere ofe modelse havee comee intoe existencee ine thee Churche arenae whiche influencese thee
leadershipe approache toe ae significante extent.e Alle ofe thesee methodse havee playede ane
extremelye vitale rolee toe encouragee Christiane leaderse toe employe constructivee leadershipe
strategies.e Thee traditionale churche modele hase onee pastore ande hee ore shee ise primarilye
responsiblee toe carrye oute alle thee activitiese relatinge toe thee ministrye ofe thee church.e Thee
traditionale churchese thate cane bee founde ine differente townse ore countriese sharee strikinge
similaritiese withe onee another.e Thee attractionale churche ise anothere modele whiche primarilye
focusese one thee concepte ofe evangelism.e Thuse itse objectivee ise toe attracte non-believerse toe
thee placee soe thate theye cane comee ande experiencee whate Gode hase beene doinge ine thee churche
arena.e Peoplee aree encouragede toe interacte withe thee Lorde ine thise modele soe thate theye cane
feele connectede withe him.e
Thee organice churche modele basicallye shiftse itse approache frome “comee ande see”e toe
“goe ande be”e (Foure Churche Models!,e 2015).e Thise methode basicallye enablese individualse toe
playe ane activee parte ine churche bye directlye beinge involvede ine thee activitiese ande processes.e
Thise churche ise generallye lede bye ae numbere ofe elderse ande ite hase ae flattere leadershipe
structure.e Thee laste modele ise knowne ase thee hybride churche wheree thee elementse frome thee
attractionale churche aree combinede withe thee elementse frome thee organice church.e Thuse thee
ultimatee resulte ise thee formatione ofe ae modele whiche hase thee characteristicse ofe thee missionale
modele ase welle ase thee attractionale model.e
Thee rolee ofe eache ofe thee modelse ise ofe primarye importancee toe shapee thee leadershipe
approache thate ise implementede bye thee Christiane leaders.e Bute ite alsoe necessarye toe keepe ine
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minde thate eache ofe thee methodologiese hase itse owne prose ande conse thate cannote bee negated.e
Ine thee traditionale churche model,e thee leadershipe modele wase extremelye simplee ande thee
pastore tooke upe thee leadershipe role.e Bute ate thee samee time,e complexitiese coulde comee intoe
thee picturee ife influentiale familiese triede toe leade thee church.e
Ine thee casee ofe thee attractionale church,e evene thoughe non-believerse weree encouragede
toe experiencee thee churche lifee bure theire extente ofe involvemente wase restrictede toe ae
significante degree.e Thee organice churche modele comprisede ofe ae smalle groupe ofe churche
leaderse whoe servede ase thee foundatione fore thee entiree disciplinee makinge thee process.e Thee
hybride modele basicallye tooke thee beste elementse frome alle thee previouse methodologiese
wheree theree wase thee involvemente ofe ae seniore pastore ase welle ase ae professionale staff.e Bute
onee ofe thee majore flawse ofe thee hybride modele ise thate ite failede toe finde effectivee measurese
fore thee complexitiese thate weree associatede withe thee modelse thate weree fusede together.e Soe
whilee lookinge fore thee perfecte methodologye ofe leadershipe thate cane bee employede ine thee
Churche arena,e ite ise necessarye toe keepe ine minde thee pitfallse ase welle ase thee benefitse thate aree
associatede withe eache onee ofe theme (Foure Churche Models!,e 2015).e Christiane leaderse neede
toe carefullye crafte theire leadershipe strategice frameworke soe thate theye wille bee ablee toe bringe
aboute constructivee transformatione ine thee communitye settinge ase pere thee wille ofe Christ.e
Healthye ministrye Culturee
Ine ordere toe makee suree thate ae healthye ministrye culturee ande worke environmente ise
created,e ite ise necessarye toe imbibee disciplinee ate variouse levels.e Churche disciplinee ise ofe
primarye importancee ase itse primarye objectivee ise toe safeguarde thee honore ofe thee Almighty.e
Thee propere disciplinee cane acte ase ae majore sourcee ofe inspiratione whiche cane offere adequatee
supporte toe thee concepte ofe leadership.e Ine fact,e ite wille alsoe helpe thee Christiane leaderse toe
successfullye accomplishe thee missione thate hase beene givene toe theme ande takee upe newe
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initiativese whiche focuse one thee commone goode (Whye ise Churche Disciplinee soe Important,e
2019).e
Accordinge toe thee well-knowne authore Tome Rathe ande populare leadershipe consultante
Barrye Conchie,e ae leadere cane bee ane effectivee leadere ife hee takese intoe accounte somee ofe thee
keye elementse suche ase knowinge individuale strengthse ande investinge ine thee strengthse ofe
others,e puttinge thee peoplee ine thee teame whoe havee thee righte sete ofe strengthse ande gettinge ae
detailede insighte intoe ande meetinge thee foure coree needse ofe thee onese whoe kooke upe ate thee
leaderse toe delivere inspirationale leadershipe (Rathe &e Conchie,e 2009).e Thuse ae leadere cane bee
callede ane effectivee leadere ine thee truee sensee ife hee focusese one thee growthe ofe himselfe ase
welle ase otherse arounde him.e Ae leadere needse toe focuse one criticale elementse suche ase
discipline,e empathy,e strategy,e creativitye decisivenesse ande humility.e Ine thee contexte ofe thee
church,e disciplinee playse ane importante rolee ase ite cane encouragee peoplee toe followe thee pathe
thate hase beene showne bye thee Lord.e Davee Earley,e ine hise book,e hase statede thate raisinge upe
multiplyinge leaderse ise considerede toe bee onee ofe thee moste effectivee ande fasteste wayse ofe
fulfillinge thee fundamentale objectivee ofe thee Greate Commission.e Ine thee churche setting,e
leadershipe ande disciplinede approache goe hande ine hand.e Evene thoughe ite ise note easye toe
achievee disciplinee bute ite ise moree complexe ande difficulte toe livee withoute discipline.e e e
Earleye hase statede thate effectivee Christiane leaderse focuse one disciplinee aspecte ande makee
suree toe establishe necessitye disciplinese intoe theire individuale livese (Earley,e 2012).e
Ine additione toe this,e theye makee suree toe followe ae disciplinede waye ofe livinge one ae daye
toe daye basis.e Culturee ise somethinge thate muste encouragee leaderse toe understande thee
importancee ofe disciplinee ine theire dailye lives.e Ite must,e ine fact,e encouragee theme toe believee
thate professionale fitness,e spirituale fitness,e ande personale fitnesse ise juste likee physicale fitnesse
thate muste bee takene caree ofe (Earley,e 2012).e Thee culturee ande worke environmente ofe thee
ministrye muste revolvee arounde thee primarye objectivee ofe Christe whiche ise toe servee otherse ine
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ae selflesse manner.e Suche ae healthye ande disciplinede culturee cane playe ane activee rolee toe
employe suitablee leadershipe strategiese thate cane encouragee leaderse toe servee theire disciplese
ande followerse toe thee beste ofe theire ability.e
Missionale Connection
Ae truee Christiane leadere ise ane individuale whoe playse ane activee rolee toe develope
peoplee ande leaderse whoe wille bee empowerede toe fulfille ande servee thee organizationale
mission.e Accordinge toe Davee Earleye ande Rode Dempsey,e thee missione ofe ae churche playse ae
criticale rolee ande ise onee ofe thee maine reasonse fore thee verye existencee ofe thee church.e Ase Gode
ise ae missionarye God,e thee missione ofe ae churche ise note secondarye toe itse existencee (Earley,e
2012,e pe 74).e
Thee missione ise somethinge thate encouragede individualse ande leaderse ine thee churche
contexte toe followe thee footstepse ofe Jesuse Christe ande accomplishe hise objectivee one hise
behalf.e Saintse ande Pastorse aree thee individualse whoe havee beene equippede soe thate theye cane
helpe toe accomplishe thee missione ofe thee churche ande helpe peoplee whoe aree ine neede ofe anye
kinde ofe helpe ore assistancee (Earley,e 2012).e Saintse aree thee onese whoe aree encouragede toe
playe ane activee rolee soe thate theye cane helpe thee ministrye toe createe valuee ine thee livese ofe
people.e Ine ordere toe accomplishe thee mission,e othere thane leadership,e ite ise alsoe necessarye toe
focuse one disciplinee shipe whiche actse ase ae coree foundatione ine thee churche setting.e Ine Ephe
4:11-16,e ite hase beene identifiede thate thee maine jobe ofe ae pastore ise toe ‘eqiup’e thee saintse toe
carrye oute thee workse ofe thee servicee (Earley,e 2012,e pe 224).e
Thee missione ofe Jesuse Christe cane bee achievede bye focusinge one thee “propere workinge ofe
eache individuale part”.e Thuse ane individuale hase toe makee thee optimume usee ofe thee giftse ofe
Gode thate hase beene givene toe hime soe thate ite cane helpe toe servee ande helpe otherse (Earley,e
2012,e pe 255).e
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Disciplinee actse ase ae foundatione whethere ite ise ate thee individuale levele ore ate thee
groupe level.e Insidee ae groupe setting,e discipleshipe wille enablee ae leadere toe givee thee
necessarye attentione toe eache ofe thee disciplines,e challengee theme ande exploree theire owne
gifts.e e Fore example,e ine thee groupe context,e onee individuale whoe hase mercye ine hise hearte cane
takee thee initiativee toe keepe ae tracke ofe thee prayere requestse ine thee church.e Similarly,e anothere
individuale whoe hase thee gifte relatinge toe administratione cane volunteere fore thee purposee ofe
playinge ane activee rolee ine planninge ae futuree groupe outreache program.e Suche kindse ofe
disciplinede behaviore ate thee individuale levele ande thee groupe levele cane helpe toe achievee thee
ultimatee organizationale missione toe thee beste ofe thee abilitye (Earley,e 2012,e pe 225).e
Leadershipe Developmente Plane
Ine ordere toe gete ae detailede insighte intoe Christiane leadership,e thee biblicale theories,e
principles,e methodologye culturee ande missione havee actede ase thee maine foundation.e Ine ordere
toe servee thee peoplee toe thee fullest,e ite ise necessarye fore ae leadere toe adopte ae disciplinede
approach.e Thee presentede leadershipe developmente plane cane bee implementede ate thee
individuale levele ase welle ase ate highere levels.e Thuse ite cane bee implementede ine thee ministrye
concepte toe achievee thee fundamentale purposee ofe thee Lord