It would be wonderful if everything you need to know about leadership could be taught and learned in a few weeks. That is not the case. Learning to lead in the body of Christ is a lifetime endeavor. This class is not meant to be a final exhaustive solution to everything a leader needs.
Instead of attempting to cover every subject you might need, we will study the examples of leaders in the Bible. These examples are important, because from them you are able to draw from God’s infinite resources. As the saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” The objective of this class is to teach you to fish in the pond of leadership examples that God has recorded in His Word.
It would be impossible to provide a manual and rules for every scenario that you will face. We cannot anticipate and answer every question that will come up as you lead God’s people, but when the question arises you can find the answers in these examples. In each situation you can look back to these examples to learn what God would have you do.
This course will require more of you than the previous Equipping The Saints courses. To whom much is given, much is required. I encourage you to make whatever arrangements are necessary to be diligent in these studies so that you can be better equipped to lead those that God has entrusted to you.
Each session begins with a daily homework assignment to consider particular principles in a Biblical example. Observe the principle and consider how you can follow that example in your own areas of leadership.
The sessions also include what I call “Essential Practicals” to give you practical insight and pointers. These are simple lessons that are foundational to ministry. Learn them well, put them into practice.
Each session also has a recommended book that goes along with the person being studied. These books are not required to complete the course. These recommendations are made because they are insightful resources to help you continue to develop your ability to fulfill the leadership role that God has given to you.