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Articles in this category focus on practical issues of how we build healthy leaders and lessons learned

A Church Led By Scholars

In today’s western church, if you want to grow in Christ, you are typically directed to study more. The only difference between the church and other educational institutions is that nobody graduates from the church. The church needs leaders who don't write and speak and teach for a living to step up and put some action to their faith.

Rick SessomsRick Sessoms

Feeling the Heat

Leadership work is a performance and we are like the drums. If we are hard and unprepared we may break when the beating starts. To prepare us ‒ we go through the fire process. We are warmed up, stretched out and made ready for our beating. As the Bible says, we go through the refiner’s fire.



Dr. Stanley ArumugamDr. Stanley Arumugam

7 Key Paradigm Shifts

Although there has been spectacular church growth in recent decades, there has not been corresponding attention given to leader development during this time. Consequently, today we have a deficit of Christian leaders in the existing churches. In addition to this crisis of quantity of new leaders, we also face a crisis of quality of existing leaders.

Malcolm WebberMalcolm Webber

The Longer View

The long view, a generational view, is the kind of view that provokes patience and compels us to initiate collaboration with the generations before and after us in accomplishing Kingdom work. God has included in the assignment of each generation, the intentional sowing into those who are coming up after us.

William FrisbieWilliam Frisbie

Immediate Indigenous Leader Development

Missions work must center around bringing the Gospel to people who have never heard it, making disciples ‒ evangelism. A great harvest has resulted in the nations of the world, and now a crisis of insufficient leadership overwhelms the rapidly growing numbers of believers. Many become ensnared in cults and extreme teachings. The desperate need is for leaders. Jim Brenneman gleans from the example of Paul's ministry the remarkable pattern of immediate identification and building of indigenous leaders.

Jim BrennemanJim Brenneman

Do You Need to Go Bananas?

Which kind of leader are you – a banana tree or a mango tree? There are those leaders who are like banana trees: everywhere they go, they replicate. They mentor others so that others can exercise their leadership abilities and their gifts, they open up conversations for others to join and give their opinion, and they are in the business of growing leaders. And there are leaders like the mango tree – they serve a great purpose, they are strong and persuasive, but emerging leaders don’t seem to grow as leaders under them.

Marilyn GardnerMarilyn Gardner

Transforming Theological Education

It is not a question of which way the wind blows. Theological education must be reconceived again and again in order for it to remain relevant and on the cutting edge. There are no magical solutions or formulas that give us the answers, but some pointers to spur the discussion are suggested here. Paul Cornelius argues for a reinvention that demands changes in how curriculum is viewed and developed.

Paul CorneliusPaul Cornelius