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7 Webinars “Lutheran Theology: How God Works in the World” “Lutheran Theology: How We Read the Bible” “Your Role as Leader” “Strategic Planning” “Leading a Small Group” “Faith Conversations” “Planning for the Unexpected”
Introducing… Dr. Terri Elton Luther Seminary Luthersem.edu Your Role as a Leader
It’snot about You. It’s about You.Joining God’s work in process Your Role as a Leader
Terri Martinson Elton Luther Seminary Host: Dawn Trautman
Opening activity 5-6 characteristics of leadership Think about a time when you’ve experienced great leadership. Write down 5-6 key leadership characteristics that made that experience positive. AND/OR Think about a time when you’ve experienced poor leadership. Write down 5-6 key leadership characteristics that made that experience negative.
leadership in ministry servant leadership 1) Ministry is first and foremost about God and God’s work in the world 2) Christians are empowered and invited to join God in God’s work in the world 3) Servant leadership requiresparticular skills.
it’s about God “Leadership is not about you. And it’s about you.” Fostering relationships – with God and others
activity Choose a leader in the Bible and reflect on their relationship with God. How would you characterize it? What it smooth sailing or rocky seas? In the midst of leading, how did they tend to their relationship with God? What happened when they lost that focus? What practices were important to them? How did those practices foster their relationship with God?
activity make of list of leadership ideas in John 21:15-19 15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” (New International Version)
it’s about discipleship Jesus is speaking to Peter. Jesus KNOWS that Peter betrayed him…and he doesn’t worry about. He knows his sin and rather than confront him, he asks him a relational question, “Do you love me?” Once Peter responds, Jesus gives him his “orders” or work assignment – feed my lambs. What does that mean?
activity 5-6 characteristics of leadership Revisit your list. Think about what is important for ministry leaders. Highlight the things on your list and/or add things that ministry leaders need to pay attention to.
it’s about particular things leadership is active and involves doing particular things
it’s about particular things How do I “feed God’s lambs”? Administrative gifts and practices Planning, organizing, implementing, tending to logistics, creating safe environment Communication and Interpersonal gifts and practices Read a situation, interpersonal skills, leading groups, communication Ministry gifts and practices Leading bible study, worship, prayer, service, helping others discover their gifts, reflect on practices.
reflect Administrative, interpersonal and ministry Gifts 1) My strongest areas of leadership are…. 2) I want to grow in…. 3) I will tend my relationship with God by ….
leadership in ministry servant leadership – it’s not about you and it’s about you Your role as a servant leader is to help God’s people join in the work God is already up to in this world. It’s about tending your own discipleship journey AND helping young people do that same. Yes, there are some gifts and skills and practices that help us do that. But what’s at the heart of being a servant leader is - You love God and seek to feed God’s lambs.
Thoughts…Questions…Reflections… Dr. Terri Elton Dawn Trautman Please type your questions or comments into the question box on your screen. We’ll try to get to as many of them as we can.
Next…November 20, 2011 7:00pm Central Time Dennis “Tiger” McLuen Youth Leadership Youthleadership.org Strategic Planning elcaymnet.org/ELCATrainingOverview
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