Emerging Leader defined: An emerging leader is anyone of any age responding to God’s call in their life who desires to be better prepared to serve God and others. This may include potential leaders or anyone already serving in any leadership capacity in their local church. Emerging Leader sessions will cover two courses:
1. Relational Leadership—Leading as Jesus Led
Relational Leadership is necessary! “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you” (Mark 10:42, 43). If we are not to lead like the world, how are we to lead? Relational leadership presents biblical principles and practices of leadership, drawn primarily from the words and actions of Jesus, but also from our spiritual teachings and life examples. The Bible gives us timeless, relevant instruction on leading as God would have us lead so that we can be “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17).
Rather than simply explaining these biblical principles, the Relational Leadership course invites participants to reflect upon them and apply them to their own leadership context: home, ministry, marketplace, etc. Opportunities to personally experience these Biblical principles are also a significant aspect of the course. Anyone who invests the time to work through the course in this careful, prayerful manner will reap the reward of growth into relational leadership.
2) Relational Discipleship—Transformed by God’s Love
Relational Discipleship is necessary! Everything in creation has been given a calling by God. The sun and planets themselves have been placed in such a way as to provide for the sustenance of life. Nature continually maintains the precarious equilibrium that is necessary for our survival. Every part of the ecological system has an important place, a purpose to fulfill—a calling.
The same is true for you and me. We each have a divine calling. When we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, His Spirit comes to dwell within us, revealing and empowering the calling that God has placed on our lives—not just a general calling, but also a personal one. The question is not just “Why did God create humanity” rather, “Why are we here on this planet?” Scripture tells us that we are called not only to follow Jesus, but to become like him (Romans 8:29). This process is commonly called spiritual formation. But what does that really mean? How can we live out genuine discipleship in today’s increasingly difficult world?
We must engage more and more Christians in the serious, life-changing process of becoming like Jesus. We need a clearer understanding of how to be true followers of Christ. We need a well-defined vision of the target for spiritual formation, as well as instruction in how we can practically move in that direction. We must embrace the awe and wonder of the opportunity we have to be transformed by God’s love and to engage others in that life-transforming process. Rather than simply explaining biblical principles, the Relational Discipleship course invites participants to reflect upon and apply these principles to all areas of their lives.