Moral and spiritual leadership will have a greater and longer lasting impact than institutional, organizational or governmental leadership. Good leadership is needed all over the world. There is global awareness and recognition of the need for good leadership. The important question is, what is good leadership and how does one become a good leader? Biblically based and Jesus-focused leadership is also needed in the Church, which is not always the case.
The leadership training one receives in the typical university or seminary in the Western world is not necessarily adequate for training leaders in the rest of the world? For example, will it work among oral people groups in the bush in West Africa, remote villages in Central Asia, or the Amazon basin in South America? The answer is obviously no. There are many cultural aspects that need to be taken into consideration. The leadership that matters most is best modeled in the life, the teaching and Spirit of Jesus.
In our experience over the years with Living Water International, and many partner organizations, we have discovered some powerful strategies of leadership development. This leadership training model requires no text-based materials or technological resources. The lessons we learn from the Lord Jesus and throughout Scripture are effective, universal, and transferable. Consider how Jesus developed leaders and what He taught those early followers.
Some of the most basic lessons about leadership are those Jesus talked about with His disciples. He said if you want to be great in God’s kingdom, learn to be a servant of all. He said that even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve. Servant leadership has become an important topic of discussion within the leadership development industry these days. Some would say that servant leadership is really the only way to effectively lead. Mentoring and modeling of course are key components.
Within the orality movement, we have discovered many important lessons that are biblical, understandable and reproducible to any place and people group on the planet. Once someone has received appropriate orality training for communicating the gospel and making disciples, they have a foundation and framework to build on for other areas and applications. Now we are seeing how the concepts, principles, and practices of orality can be effective in many different areas. Some of those applications would include trauma therapy, racial reconciliation, conflict resolution, church planting, addressing tribal conflict, community development, as well as leadership development.
Modeling and Mentoring
In our Orality Leadership Workshops we focus on character development. Knowledge and skill are important, but secondary to character. We emphasize that the most important thing about leadership is the leader and his or her character. Modeling and mentoring are often more important than simply sharing instruction and information.
Most leaders do not fail because of a lack of knowledge or skill, but because of character flaws. We read or hear about leadership failures almost daily in the news. Consider the recent failures and downfalls of so many government officials, corporate executives and even pastors and church leaders. Many intelligent, well-educated and gifted people in leadership positions fail because of spiritual immaturity or moral and character issues.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service