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Title: Adventist Leadership (1)

Adventist Leadership (1)
  • British Union Pastors Council, Rogaska, Slovenia,
  • Tuesday, 12th February, 2008
  • By Bertil Wiklander

Adventist Leadership
  • Leadership development is crucial
  • Pastors are leaders
  • Pastors are the most important church leaders

Church leaders face (no choice)
  • new challenges
  • more and faster decisions
  • prioritizing
  • delegation and team work (relations!)
  • often inadequate training
  • difficult to be on top of things
  • getting burnt out
  • becoming a hindrance
  • rapid cultural change
  • leadership crisis

The major challenge for leaders
  • is not only the acquisition of new insights
    and skills, but also unlearning what they already
    know. Todays leaders need the courage and
    ability to risk their false sense of confidence
    and to surrender their predetermined, wired
    responses, and outdated and inaccurate mental
    maps. (Eddie Gibbs, Leadership Next, 2005)

Church leaders need to face (choice)
  • the challenge of change
  • the challenge of growth as an on-going commitment
  • the challenge to unlearn what we know
  • the challenge of courage and risk-taking

Definition of leadership Example 1
  • Leadership
  • is the process of persuasion or
  • example by which you induce a group
  • To pursue objectives held by the
  • leader or shared by the leader and his
  • or her followers.
  • (John Gardner, 1990)

Definition of leadership Example 2
  • Leadership
  • Is influence, the ability of one person
  • to influence others.
  • (Oswald Sanders, 1967)

Definition of leadership Example 3
  • A Christian leader
  • is someone called by God to lead
  • leads with and through Christ-like
  • character and demonstrates the
  • functional competencies that permit
  • effective leadership to take place.
  • (George Barna, 1997)

Definition of leadership Example 4
  • The central task of leadership
  • is influencing Gods people toward
  • Gods purposes.
  • (Robert Clinton, 1988)

Definition of leadership Best concept
  • Leadership
  • is the process of inducing others to
  • take action toward a common goal.
  • Edwin Locke, The Essence of Leadership (1991)

1. Leadership about relations
  • Leaders know how to inspire and relate to their
  • If you have no followers, you are no leader

2. Leadership is a process
  • Leaders must do something
  • Leaders make things happen
  • Just holding a position or title does not make
    you a leader

3. Leadership is persuasion
  • Leaders induce or persuade or influence
  • followers to take action by
  • inspiring their trust
  • acting consistently
  • motivating them by words and deeds
  • They do so by means of
  • legitimate authority
  • setting an example
  • setting goals
  • rewarding and punishing
  • organizational restructuring
  • team-building
  • communicating a vision

4. Leadership is purpose-driven
  • Leaders act in order that the
  • organisation achieves its mission.

Church leadership is the process of activating
church workers members volunteers - for the
mission of the Church
Spiritual Leadership
  • A Christian leader is a person with a God-given
    capacity and the God-given responsibility to
    influence a specific group of Gods people toward
    Gods purpose for the group.
  • (J. Robert Clinton, 1989)

Avoid spiritualizing leadership Pious phrases
but no action
  • Dont abdicate from your responsibility to lead
    by decision and action
  • Faith in God gives courage to act
  • It was the Devils temptation to test Jesus by
    abusing his leadership role
  • Dont bury your God-given talent in the ground
  • Leadership is for the real world - not dream
  • Use your brain, abilities and gifts to serve

Avoid human leadership Not relying on God
  • Dont seek to do everything yourself
  • Rely on others build teams
  • Rely on God pray often
  • Integrate the gift of Christs humility in your
    character and use it

Matthew 2025-28
  • Jesus called them together and said, "You
    know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over
    them, and their high officials exercise authority
    over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever
    wants to become great among you must be your
    servant, and whoever wants to be first must be
    your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come
    to be served, but to serve, and to give his life
    as a ransom for many."

The Leadership System in the Seventh-day
Adventist Church
  • Presidential or clerical ??
  • Committee system ?

Working Policy - D 05
  • The fruitage of the SDA concept of church
    is a representative and constituency-based
    system. Its authority is rooted in God and
    distributed to the whole people of God. It
    recognizes the committee system. It provides for
    shared administration (president, secretary,
    treasurer) rather than a presidential system. It
    recognizes a linkage of entities (church,
    conference, union, General Conference) that binds
    the believers together in a universal fellowship.
    It assures essential unity of purpose and
    mission. While the integrity of each entity is
    recognized (church, conference, union), each is
    seen to be a part of a sisterhood which cannot
    act without reference to the whole.

  • Adventist leaders are team leaders and lead so
    that the whole of the church is recognized and
    benefits from their leadership.

Reasons for team leadership
  • a leader does not have all knowledge and wisdom
  • must see his/her own limitations
  • The leader can find what he lacks in his/her team
  • a decision will be better founded and have
    greater success if team-based
  • consensus is a high value in church leadership

Consensus management Philippians 21-2
  • If you have any encouragement from being
    united with Christ, if any comfort from his love,
    if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any
    tenderness and compassion, then make my joy
    complete by being like-minded, having the same
    love, being one in spirit and purpose.

Spiritual leadership
  • Deep connection with the spirit of Jesus Christ
  • Devotional life
  • Caretaker of your faith

Leadership in the Church 4 ways
  • Relations
  • Process
  • Persuasion
  • Mission of the Church

  • Relate to people
  • Relate to people in an organisation
  • Relate to people in a culture
  • Leaders manage relationships well - Peacemakers
  • Leaders are effective organisers
  • Leaders build church culture

  • Leaders take action something happens
  • Leaders change people and organization
  • Leaders are dynamic not static
  • Leaders strive for excellence by growing
  • Leaders look for better ways to achieve our
  • God is active in this process
  • Adventists walk in the increasing light
  • See yourself as an agent of Gods change

  • leaders persuade followers to act
  • by your legitimate authority
  • by how you manage relationships and conflicts
  • by your example
  • by goal-setting
  • encouragement and evaluation
  • re-organisation
  • team-building
  • communicating a vision

  • draw on your personal faith and biblical values
  • required skills
  • clear communication
  • ability to inspire others
  • be a team leader

Mission of the Church
  • Define what the churchs mission is
  • Define what it means to you and to your people

Mission of the Church
  • Matthew 2818-20
  • Mark 1615-18
  • Luke 2445-49/Acts 18
  • John 14-17
  • Acts 242-47
  • Revelation 146-12

Mission of the Church
  • The General Conference
  • The TE Division of the GC
  • Unions
  • Conferences
  • Churches
  • Institutions

Mission Statement
  • The church is Gods appointed agency for the
  • salvation of men. It was organized for service,
  • its mission is to carry the gospel to the world.
  • the beginning it has been Gods plan that through
  • his church shall be reflected to the world his
  • and his sufficiency. The members of the
  • to show forth his glory. The church is the
  • of the riches of the grace of Christ and through
  • church will eventually be manifest...the final
    and full
  • display of the love of God.
  • (Ellen White, The Acts of the Apostles, p. 9.)

Strategic Plan
Defining Gods mission and applying it requires
  • a rich personal devotional life
  • prayer, Bible reading, fellowship, and witnessing
  • special skills
  • a visionary
  • a strategist
  • a goal setter
  • a decision maker
  • show the direction and keep the organization
    focused on its mission

What is church leadership?
  • it is about relations
  • it is a process
  • it is persuasion
  • it is about the mission of the church

A Leaders roles
  • effective organiser
  • manager of relationships (peacemaker)
  • builder of church culture
  • agent of change
  • transparent communicator
  • inspirer of others
  • team leader
  • caretaker of personal devotional life
  • visionary
  • strategist
  • goal setter
  • decision maker

Leadership Functions
  • We often ask
  • CAN you do it? (ability, performance)
  • We should first ask
  • WILL you do it?
  • Then LEARN to do it.

Leadership Functions
  • How do you learn?
  • By working
  • By trying to do your best
  • By imitating
  • By making mistakes
  • - and learning from them

Leadership Functions
  • Vital
  • Ability to SEE yourself
  • as others see you
  • as God sees you
  • Do you like what you see?
  • If so, CONTINUE!
  • If not, CHANGE!

Adventist Leadership (1)
  • END of Part One
  • Questions?