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SFL Introduction session

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION 601 SPIRITUAL FORMATION & LEADERSHIP Course Description Assignments Schedule Monday, 22 July 13
  2. 2. COURSE DESCRIPTION This course will offer an integrated approach to spiritual formation and leadership reflecting the importance of establishing a strong devotional life as foundation for functioning as a leader in the Kingdom of God. Initial focus will be on spiritual formation, considering what is a disciple, and how to practice spiritual disciplines essential to living as, a disciple of Jesus Christ.) Monday, 22 July 13
  3. 3. Attention will then move to the area of Christian leadership building upon the need for foundational spiritual formation (discipleship) in the life of the leader - based upon the idea that character precedes skill / position in the life of a leader.A biblical understanding of leadership and its development will be presented as well as discussion of important principles and some essential practices. Monday, 22 July 13
  4. 4. ASSIGNMENTS Assignment 1 is compulsory and will be assessed in 2 pop quizzes. The student is to select one other from #2, #3, or #4, and complete that by the given date. 1. Memory verses. One verse / passage will be assigned for memorisation during each of the initial 12 weeks of the semester. These will be examined as pop quizzes. Monday, 22 July 13
  5. 5. 1. Memory verses. One verse / passage will be assigned for memorisation during each of the initial 12 weeks of the semester. These will be examined as pop quizzes. Week 1: Luke 9: 23-24 Week 2: John 13: 34-35 Week 3: John 8: 31-32 Week 4: Psalm 103:1-5 Week 5: 1 Cor. 6: 19-20 Week 6: Philippians 4: 6-7 Week 7: 1 John 1:7-9 Week 8: 2 Tim. 3:16-17 Week 9: Galatians 2:20 Week 10: Col. 1:16-21 Week 11: Psalm 23 Week 12: John 6:35, John 8:12, John 10:9, 11, John 11:25, John 14:6, John 15:5 Monday, 22 July 13
  6. 6. 2.Write a journal describing your growth as a disciple.At six points during the semester (end of week 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11) the student will be required to write a reflective piece (250-300 words) on “what God has been doing in their life”, how they have been challenged to grow, corrections, personal spiritual struggles,use and growth in spiritual disciplines etc. Monday, 22 July 13
  7. 7. 3. Using a biblical leader of your own choice outline the leadership development process that took place in their life. Ensure you highlight points of growth and challenge as a disciple and a leader. (500 words max, appropriate biblical references not included in word count.) Monday, 22 July 13
  8. 8. 4. Using the table below as an template select ten passages / verses from the Gospels which teach about spiritual formation (discipleship) and develop a table to illustrate / clarify different aspects of this. Your work can be presented as either an A3 chart paper display or in A4 format as per the college guidelines. Monday, 22 July 13
  9. 9. Scripture Ref. Observation Application Prayer Gal. 2:15-21 - Faith in Christ & not law keeping is the key to a righteous life. - I have been crucified with Christ (past). - Christ now lives in me (present). - I live by faith in Him. I must daily practice the discipline of awareness that it is Christ who lives in me and that I must live by faith in Him who loved me and gave himself for me, because I was crucified with Him. Lord Jesus, by faith I choose to submit to your life in me today. Have your way in my life and leadership. Forgive me and cleanse me of my sin. Thank you for loving me and giving yourself for me. Amen. Monday, 22 July 13
  10. 10. Reading Assignment (15%) The student will select and read a book available within the LTCi library or online as pdf download which focuses upon either spiritual formation / discipleship or Christian leadership.This choice has to be approved by Richard and then as a supplement to class instruction.A brief (300-500 words) report will be required. Monday, 22 July 13
  11. 11. COURSE SCHEDULE Section 1: Introducing spiritual formation:What is a disciple, what do they do, and what is spiritual formation? Section 2:Why is discipleship essential? Becoming like Christ (PDL purpose #3) Section 3: Essential 1 - focussing and feasting upon the Bible Monday, 22 July 13
  12. 12. Section 4: Essential 2 - prayer as a way of life Section 5: Essential 3 - how does a disciple worship? Section 6: Essential 4 - honouring God with everything (stewardship of the life God has given you) Section 7: Essential 5 - fasting Section 8: Essential 6 - silence and solitude Section 9: Essential 7 - journalling and learning Monday, 22 July 13
  13. 13. Section 10: Introducing leadership Section 11:Who is a leader, how do I become a leader? Section 12:The leader as a servant Section 13: Insights from Paul and Peter on the nature of leadership.A biblical interlude Section 14:What does a leader look like? Essential skills and qualities Section 15:The leader at prayer.What does a prayerful leader look like Section 16:The leader’s use of time. How to discipline and establish right time use priorities Monday, 22 July 13
  14. 14. Section 17: Growing and developing as a leader. Continual growth is essential for leaders Section 18: Leaders and the Holy Spirit Section 19:Tests and dangers of leadership. The perils, challenges and pitfalls we all face Section 20: Leadership and delegation.As a leader how can you delegate in order to make your people effective in their use of God’s gifting within their lives Section 21: Reproducing leaders. Leaders are called to make disciples, and to train and equip new leaders Monday, 22 July 13
  15. 15. THE END Monday, 22 July 13