Charting a Bold Course: Training Leaders for 21st Century Ministry

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Charting a Bold Course: Training Leaders for 21st Century Ministry by Andrew Seidel

Leadership development is a life-long process. Yet the church of Jesus Christ is in desperate need of strong leaders in this generation. In Charting a Bold Course, Andrew Seidel provides an exceptional tool to get you started on cultivating the unique gifts and abilities God has given you and your leadership team. This leadership course will fit perfectly in a leadership training program.

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ISBN-13: 9780802434227
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2003
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 902,608
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

ANDREW SEIDEL (West Point Military Academy, University of Illinois, Dallas Theological Seminary) serves as the executive director of the Center for Christian Leadership as Dallas Theological Seminary. He also works in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia with the mission organization Entrust. A graduate of West Point and a veteran of the U.S. Army, Dr. Seidel previously served as senior pastor at Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas for 14 years. He is the author of Charting a Bold Course. Dr. Seidel and his wife have been married for more than 40 years and have two grown children and six grandchildren.

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Training Leaders for 21st Century Ministry


Copyright © 2003 ANDREW SEIDEL
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8024-3422-3

Chapter One

GOD HAS ALWAYS PLACED A HIGH PREMIUM on leadership. The Scriptures chronicle the impact on the people of God of a continuous line of human leaders-Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Nehemiah, Peter, John, and Paul, just to name a few. Most of the leaders highlighted in the Scriptures were part of the nation of Israel in the Old Testament or the church of the New Testament era. But secular leaders also receive attention because they were part of the historical context in which the spiritual leaders lived and led. The whole of biblical his tory can be viewed as a record of God's raising up and developing human leaders to lead His people in accomplishing His will.

Some of God's leaders led well; some led poorly. But the one constant is that God has almost always used human leaders to accomplish His purposes on the earth. In Old Testament history, the leaders of God's people tended to be singular personalities, unique men and women who stood out as individual heroes. They were kings, prophets, priests, or judges. The leaders included lower-level citizens, such as those appointed by Moses to act as judges (see Exodus 18:25-26); but, for the most part, Old Testament leaders were highly individualistic, heroic leaders.

With the establishment of the church, a major shift in leadership took place. The church has neither kings nor judges, but all believers are priests. Furthermore, all believers are given spiritual gifts with which they are enabled to render significant service for the kingdom of God. Some are specially gifted in the area of leadership; but leadership has become much less of a solitary, heroic occupation. Leadership during the church age is much less individual, much more collegial; it is much less directing or ruling, much more serving and enabling. Church leadership is marked by a plurality of elders and deacons and no singular human head of the church.

This shift in leadership style from Old Testament to New anticipates by almost two thousand years the shift that is today taking place in modern secular leadership thinking. As James Kouzes and Barry Posner suggest, some major changes are taking place in our understanding and practice of leadership. Not everyone readily understands the magnitude of the changes. Old approaches and methods die slowly. Perhaps we can better understand why the apostles had such a difficult time understanding Jesus' approach to leadership in His church. It was so different from what they were used to.


Christian leadership is not like the world's leadership. Jesus Christ made this point clearly and emphatically. The key New Testament text on leadership is Luke 22:24-27. Study this passage in its context, and then answer the questions below:

1. How would you describe the "Gentile" way of leadership? What are some of the characteristics of people who lead this way? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ 2. What current examples of this kind of leadership can you think of? Which government, political, business, or church leaders today lead like "the kings of the Gentiles"? What specific actions, attitudes, or approaches put them in this category? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________


Even though this was not the first time the disciples heard Jesus connect servanthood with leadership (see Mark 9:35 for example), it was still a hard concept for them to grasp.

3. Why do you think they had such a difficult time? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

4. Do the two terms "servanthood" and "leader" seem antithetical? Why or why not? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

5. How would you describe "servanthood" on the part of a leader? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

Most of us are uncomfortable with the idea of being a servant, and we often have wrong ideas of what Jesus means when He says that a leader must be a servant. We think of servants as passive; therefore servant leadership is considered by some to be a passive style of leadership in which the leader simply does what others want him to do. But is that what Jesus meant? We should be able to look at Jesus' own leadership, since He calls our attention to it (Luke 22:27), to help clarify our understanding of servant leadership.

6. How would you summarize Jesus' example as described in Philippians 2:5-11? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

7. Does this mean that Jesus was a passive leader? What do the following passages reveal about Jesus' leadership style?

Matthew 6:33 ____________________________________________________________ Matthew 16:24-28 ________________________________________________________ Matthew 28:19 ___________________________________________________________ Mark 8:14-21 ____________________________________________________________ John 2:13-22 ____________________________________________________________ John 13:13-17 ___________________________________________________________ John 15:12-17 ___________________________________________________________

One could hardly read the above passages and think that Jesus was a passive leader. Quite the contrary, He gave clear direction and exercised great authority in the lives of His followers. He also directly and powerfully challenged those who were against Him. When He gave commands, He expected to be obeyed. But, in many ways, the kings of the Gentiles acted similarly.

8. So what is the difference between Jesus and the rulers of the Gentiles? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

One major difference is that Jesus never exercised authority for His own personal benefit. His motivation was always to fulfill His Father's plan and serve His followers. Therefore, even when He exercised authority or required compliance, His leadership was always described by service. Servanthood is not defined by the actions themselves but by the motive and goal that generate the actions.

9. Contrast Jesus' leadership with that of Diotrephes, described in 3 John 9. What was the characteristic attitude of Diotrephes as a leader? What were his motives and goals? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

A difficult concept is always clarified by a good example. To better understand servant leadership, consider Paul's example of his leadership in the lives of the believers in Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12).

10. What parallels do you notice between Luke 22:24-27 and 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12? Mark up the two Bible passages on the next page to note the parallels.

Luke 22:24-27 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

24 And there arose 1 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you also a dispute was not in vain, among them as to 2 but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in which one of them Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to was regarded to be speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition. greatest. 3 For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity 25 And He said to or by way of deceit; them, "The kings of 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted the Gentiles lord it with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God over them; and who examines our hearts. those who have 5 For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor authority over with a pretext for greed-God is witness- them are called 6 nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from 'Benefactors.' others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have 26 "But it is not this asserted our authority. way with you, but 7 But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing the one who is the mother tenderly cares for her own children. greatest among you 8 Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased must become like to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our the youngest, and own lives, because you had become very dear to us. the leader like the 9 For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how servant. working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of 27 "For who is greater, you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. the one who 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and reclines at the table uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you or the one who believers; serves? Is it not the 11 just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging one who reclines at and imploring each one of you as a father would his own the table? But I am children, among you as the 12 so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the God who one who serves." calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

11. In the 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 passage Paul uses three images to describe his leadership. What are the three images, and what does each contribute to our understanding of servant leadership? Are you surprised at the images Paul uses? Complete the chart below to determine the emphasis of each image.

Text Image Emphasis of the Image 2:7-8



Any philosophy of Christian leadership must consider carefully the passage in Ephesians 4:7-16. The importance of this "gifts" passage comes from the fact that it describes the function of gifted leaders in the church. God gave these gifted leaders to the church primarily to equip others for service.

12. Read Ephesians 4:7-16 carefully. The following three statements are conclusions drawn from the passage:

* Both leaders and followers are equal members (parts) of the body of Christ. Only Christ is the Head.

What are some leadership implications of this statement? _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________

* Individual believers fulfill different functions in the body. Some are leaders; some are followers, but no one individual has all the gifts. Therefore there is an interdependence of all in the body of Christ; the growth of the body requires the contribution of all.

What are some leadership implications of this statement? __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

* All believers, both leaders and followers, are gifted by God for service. There is a healthy diversity of gifts.

What are some leadership implications of this statement? _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________

Look back over the preceding pages, giving particular attention to the key passages you studied. Now try to summarize your discoveries in a definition of servant leadership and a set of corresponding leadership principles. (Once you finish preparing your summary, compare it with the listing on the final page of this chapter.)


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Table of Contents

1. A Biblical Philosophy of Leadership

2. Pilgrimage: The Leader's Pilgrimage

3. The Leader's Life Story

4. Identity: The Leader's Identity in Christ

5. The Leader's Temperament

6. The Leader's Gifts and Strengths

7. Integrity: The Leader's Values and Goals

8. Intimacy: Appropriate Openness and Vulnerability

9. Character: Character Qualifications for Church Leaders

10. Flaws, Strategies, and Character Development

11. Relationships Relationships in the Leader's Family

12. Relationships in the Church

13. Vision Developing Vision for Your Life

14. Developing Vision for Your Ministry

15. Communicating Your Vision

16. Skills: Understanding Your Church's Purpose and Culture

17. Planning Change to Fulfill the Vision

18. Communicating Effectively

19. Handling Conflict Constructively

20. Time Management for Church Leaders

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From the Publisher

Charting a Bold Course is like a compass.  With Jesus Christ as true north, each page will provide practical guidance to lead you into a deeper understanding of the grace and mercy of God himself.
-Brian Eby, Director, The Center for Biblical Counseling

Charting a Bold Course gave our church the tools to raise up a new generation of leaders.  The material is biblically sound and thoroughly practical.  Having known Dr. Seidel for almost twenty years, I can attest he not only knows the theory of character-driven leadership, but he practices it as well.
-Robert Oliver, Senior Pastor, Bastrop Bible Church

Andy Seidel has designed a leadership-training handbook that focuses on biblical principles and contemporary illustrations with relevant quotes from authors who are on the cutting edge of leadership development.  American Missionary Fellowship has adopted Charting a Bold Course as its leadership training program and we are excited about this strategic resource and its impact on this and future generations of Christian leaders to the glory of God.
-Gordon Anderson, NW Regional Director, American Missionary Fellowship

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