Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Moving on to Personal Reflections on Leadership

Having been reflecting on the Alpha ministry for the last few years, I think I've said all I want to say  about Alpha and it's time to move on to the larger issues of Christian leadership in the local churches,  para-church organizations and marketplace. It's been an interesting journey to observe at close quarters leadership in action in the local churches, marketplaces, prisons and para-church organizations through the Alpha lens. But the Alpha lens is proving to be too restrictive. There are wider issues that a Christian leader faces that goes beyond Alpha courses. So that is where my reflections on leadership will focus on next.

I've recently just completed the first two modules of a doctoral program on leadership conducted by  Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Two lecturers were here for two weeks to conduct the two courses at Trinity Theological College. It was an intensive two weeks when all we could think about between classes daily is completing and submitting the next assignment before the next class. But it's over for now.  The next two-week modules will be done in SMU at Dallas next January.

The last two weeks  have stretched my thinking about leadership and helped me reflect more deeply the kind of  leadership that will lead to societal transformation. Too often, spiritual leadership is confined to leading local church ministries within the four walls of the  church. There is a need for clearer theological reflections on lay Christian leadership outside the church's walls in our pluralistic society. I believe that the operative theology for societal transformation leadership is a new understanding of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.

I will blog whatever new stuff I learn along the way. But to recall what Jesus said in Matthew 5:5, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."

Chee Min

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