We are convinced that raising up leaders is one of the most important tasks that our pastors and leaders can be doing! The Leadership Track is our effort to do just that!
Through this track, we strive to train men and women to position or send them into greater ministry leadership, staff, or even pastoral roles. It is the “next step” for people that have gone through our discipleship process (the Growth Track), served on the Dream Team, and have began to display some potential for greater leadership capability.
This Track is not for everyone, though. We are looking for people with good initiative, spiritual health, and a sense of calling (or desire) to do and lead more.
Specifically, this Track is broken up into 4 phases:
1. JOURNEYMAN: “classroom" setting with lessons on leadership (below)
2. APPRENTICESHIP: 1-on-1 shadowing with a pastor/director
3. RESIDENT: leading for a provisionary time while being shadowed
4. LEADER: stepping into leadership!
This whole track is intended to help the “working parent” kind of person who does not not have the time or money to jump into seminary just to figure out what God’s calling is on his or her life! Because of that, our classes are typically at night once a week during the semester. For some people this is after a small group meeting or even after they put their kids to bed!
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The first phase of the Leadership Track (Journeyman) is broken into two semesters. The 1st Semester is on general leadership and the 2nd Semester is focused on pastoral/elder leadership. More specifically:
- What this is and why
- Calling (Christian duty vs. specific calling)
- Cultural Hot-Topics
- The not so good, bad, and ugly side of ministry leadership
- Church/Ministry leadership Expectations
- Personal Leadership
- Interpersonal leadership
- Self-Care/Preventing Burnout
- Prayer (Private and Public)
- Public Speaking/Teaching
- The Art of Listening
- Fitting into the bigger picture
- Preaching/Teaching Scripture (prep and delivery)
- Studying the Bible
- Evaluating sermons & services
- Ordinances: (weddings, funerals, baby dedications, baptisms, communion)
- Shepherding (Caring for people under your care, counseling)
- Not sacrificing your family on the altar of ministry
- Calling & giftedness (APEST) - Ephesians 4/1 Tim 3
- Seminary (is it for you?)
- Church (Mission, Vision, Values, Strategy, Measurements)
- Leading Worship (Spirit vs. Truth; 1 Corinthians 14)
- Elephants in the Room
- And more...