The Leadership Challange
Is there anything as important to the church as quality leadership? The leaders of today determine the church of tomorrow! It is through their character, commitment, giftings and influence upon others that any given local church or ministry becomes what it does. Because of this, those called to leadership in the Body of Christ must give themselves to their ministry with a whole hearted zeal to be all that they are called to be. Therefore you must "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed (II Timothy 2:14)."
Business corporations give careful training to their leaders so they can be competitive in the market place. The armies of a nation train and equip themselves so as to ready in the case of battle. How much more should we that are summoned to labor for the greatest cause of all prepare ourselves. Leadership demands preparation! We all have traits and abilities that make certain duties and responsibilities come easy for us. However, the Christian leader is called to overall maturity, a place ol spiritual balance and well rounded capabilities. This requires time, study and discipline.
The purpose of this book is to help the Christian leader in the pursuit of these goals. It is designed for either the individual reader or to be used as a leadership training course in a local church. It is an adaptation of a course marketed through Christian Equippers International entitled "Equipping Leadership: A Local Church Strategy". It has been put into a book format so as to be available to the individual reader as well as to be reproducible in other countries.
The contents of this book offer a comprehensive approach to leadership training. While it is true that all church leadership positions require some specialized training related to their specific area, there are foundational areas shared by all of those in positions of oversight. This book emphasizes these areas. It is designed to establish a strong base in the broad spectrum of church leadership including elders, deacons, home group leaders and assistants, Sunday school workers, and all department leaders and assistants.
If individually read, the reader is strongly encouraged to consider the Classroom Interaction points and the Homework Assignment associated with each chapter at the end of the book. Both of these are vital to the training aspect of this material and, if undertaken, will produce growth in your overall leadership potential. A Course Description and Course Outline is provided in the last section of this book for those interested in using this material as a leadership training course.