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the Leaders ClassOrganizations, including the church and its agencies, are facing growing challenges of effectiveness in a rapidly-changing world. When asked what the root causes are, the most often given answer focuses on ineffective leadership. The felt need for change in this crucial area is widespread, especially among younger, emerging leaders. For this to happen, however, existing theological premises, cultural mores, and leadership practices must be challenged radically from the perspectives of wholeness as well as the lessons to be learned from the broader world of management and the behavioral sciences.

the◦Leaders◦Class™ develops the integrity and effectiveness of congregational and organizational leaders. We help leaders grow in their personal integrity, spiritual life, leadership effectiveness and management skills.

We envision congregational and organizational leaders who demonstrate by their lives and leadership that they:

  • Serve as leaders to enable others to use their gifts, build effective teams, delegate wisely and cultivate servant leadership in others.
  • Lead effective learning organizations that have clear vision, set realistic goals and continually evaluate results in order to learn from successes and failures.
  • Demonstrate integrity and accountability in their personal lives and organizational ministries, especially regarding finances.
  • Practice justice by leading ministries that result in social transformation, the empowerment of men, women and the poor.

the◦Leaders◦Class™ Course Descriptions

LEAD 01: Servant Leadership
Week 1

This module explores differing concepts of leadership through examining underlying assumptions; grasping the extent to which leadership styles vary from one person to another depending upon background and temperament; learning the difference between legitimate power as opposed to controlling power; understanding ways in which organizational culture can be changed; and developing ability to review organizational mission.

LEAD 02: Making Human Strength Productive
Week 2

The ability to build an organization that is a source of self-fulfillment and personal integrity for its members is what makes human strength productive. This module is an introduction to the major arenas of organizational leadership and the way servant leadership functions in them: finding the right person for the right job; motivating individual excellence and fulfillment; developing others; team building; and organizational accountability.

LEAD 03: Facilitation - Making Learning Happen
Week 3

The main objective of this module is to prepare congregational and organizational leaders to facilitate training that uses adult learning methodology to result into changed hearts and practices. It is based on the assumption that leaders are required as part of their leadership responsibility, to enable and empower others and to help them grow. Therefore they need to have the skills of facilitating effective learning to take place.

LEAD 04: Fundraising
Week 4

This module involves everything we can think of about the subject of giving and receiving money. We will talk about how you feel about the idea of raising money for your ministry, what donors think and feel about giving money, where and how to find funding, how to plan, budget and account for gifts, how to communicate to donors and most importantly by far, what God thinks about money, who has it, who needs it and how they should get it!

LEAD 05: Strategic Thinking
Week 5

Besides covering the elements of a strategic plan, this module investigates the procedures necessary to confront the future and its external pressures. Analytical skills in diagnosing opportunities, especially in the field of challenging current assumptions are practiced.

LEAD 06: Project Cycle Management
Week 6

This module provides the tools to think holistically and strategically about how to achieve development results. The process includes three stages: design, monitor, and evaluate. For each stage, tools and worksheets are provided to assist programs to organize and collect information on their contributions to desired outcomes. Participants also get a chance to work on their own cases.

LEAD 07: Integrity & Financial Management
Week 7

Most who find themselves in positions of leadership have little or no background in managing organizational finances. The purpose of this module is to develop value-based principles of integrity and financial stewardship which then are applied to both personal and organizational financial contexts. The learner will develop competencies in understanding basic book keeping, interpretation of financial statements, and financial management.

LEAD 08: Conflict Management and Resolution
Week 8
Every organization and group of people experiences conflict. This module will address the individual and group dynamics of getting to common ground. It will analyze the nature of conflict, how it develops in individuals, relationships, and within an organization. Participants will examine methodologies for intervening and managing conflict constructively.

Approach: The objective of the◦Leaders◦Class™ is to provide an educational experience which results in a qualitative change in the leader’s life, relationships, and leadership practices. Our workshops are story-based, and we focus on keeping them local and practical so leaders can immediately implement what they have learned.

The program is designed to be taught in a cohort and modular format. The cohort model brings students together in a collaborative, team-focused learning experience, with the goal of developing a learning community. This cohort model encourages students to draw upon both their peers and instructors for support. The modular format allows the program that spans a period of eight weeks to be spread or taken as a block depending on the respective cohort’s convenience.

Eligibility: To apply or to be admitted to this program, participants should have successful leadership experience and demonstrated potential for senior leadership; minimum three years work experience with five years or more preferred; and a demonstrated commitment of spirituality.

Certification: We give a certificate based on self- and peer-assessment.

Application: We customize this training for you and your congregation or organization

  • Contact us to tell us about whom you wish to train, when and where.
  • We'll work with you to accommodate your budget and schedule and to customize the training according to your needs.
  • If you want to explore this more, please feel free to contact us.

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