[Or maybe: Leadership Equipping And Development]

Good news! My pastor bought off on my proposal breaking next year’s Leadership Training into three 12-week semesters, structured as a focused bible study. We are using “LEAD!” as the working title. The initial draft syllabus is below.

The catch is that I am signed up to produce all these (though once we nail down the outline, perhaps I can get others to fill in specific pieces). I suppose I’ll start by just blogging appropriate bible studies and going from there. At least I have until September…

I. THINKING THEOLOGICALLY

Here is my best attempt at a minimal 12-week course that covers the heart issues of contemporary theology.

   1. Trinitarian Transformationalism: The Divine Plot
  
   2. The Kingdom of God: What is God’s overall purpose for creation, and for us?
   
   3. The Depravity of Man: Why aren’t we fulfilling that purpose?
   
   4. The Fear of the Lord: Where does God’s sovereignty come in?
  
   5. The Sufficiency of Christ: What difference does Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection make?
  
   6. The Necessity of Repentance: How do we appropriate that?
  
   7. The Working of the Spirit: What resources does God provide to help us?
  
   8. The Authority of Scripture: Why must we trust it?
  
   9. The Offices of the Church: To whom must we submit? For what?
  
  10. The Unity of the Body: How can we get along? To what end?
  
   11. The Redemption of Creation: What in the world is God doing?
  
    12. The End of History: Where we are ultimately going.

II. CHRISTIAN CHARACTER

The idea is that each of these steps would be a single “life lesson”, but that together they provide the “full armor of God.”

   1. Crucified Shame: Christ’s death heals our deepest needs and fears.

   2. Holistic Spirituality: the Holy Spirit superintending our heart, soul,  mind and strength.

   3. Deep Repentance: confessing and correcting the underlying attitudes and beliefs that thwart God’s will

   4. Reconciled Relationships: replacing anger and bitterness with forgiveness and trust

   5. Authentic Accountability: frequent interactions on serious issues with a few close friends

   6. Submissive Servanthood: honoring our superiors in the way we carry out our ministry

   7. Humble Religiosity: pursuing personal holiness while preventing prideful legalism

   8. Healthy Sexuality: finding wholeness in constructive ways by dealing with the wounds that could destroy us

   9. Harmonious Families: holiness and happiness via respectful marital, parental, and filial relationships

  10. Sound Financials: giving to God and saving for the future

  11. Vocational Integrity: aligning our work and career with God’s larger call on our lives

  12. Sanctifying Sabbath: how genuine rest forces us to prioritize and face painful truths

III. SKILLS FOR SERVICE

Here’s my short list (twelve, again) of the key abilities I believe leaders need to cultivate.

   1. Personal Bible Study: Understanding Scripture for ourselves

   2. Warfare Prayer: How to shake the heavens.

   3. The Slow Fast: Emptying ourselves to be filled.

  4. Memorizing the Word: Sharpening the Sword for battle.

  5. Daily Journaling: Tracking God’s activity over time.

  6. Cultivating Spiritual Gifts: For what has God made us?

  7. Failing Courageously: Taking risks, making mistakes, and learning from them.

   8. Good Things in Small Groups: Building missional communities.

   9. Constructive Criticism: ‘Tis as important to receive as to give

   10. Counseling and Discipleship: Helping people reflect God’s glory and grace.

    11. Friendship Evangelism: How to get Jesus into people’s hearts.
  
   12. Public Speaking: Communicating clearly and concisely.

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar