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Christian Leader; Who, What or How is that? 2/2

How should culture affect the way we lead?

people and culture

Does it mean then that Christian LC should by all means remain indifferent to the culture surrounding it? In no way! In its very beginning church was founded on the structures of the Roman Empire and spread its functions over the Europe long after the empire collapsed. Hierarchy was the dominant organizational pattern over centuries which people understood and could easily relate to.[1] It does not mean that these patterns and structures are the only suitable structures for Christian leadership, just as much it does not mean that Aramaic is the only suitable language to be used in Christian fellowship because Jesus spoke it. The point being made is that when a firm biblical ground is established under our leadership, we can proceed to choose LC that is most appropriate to our context. While not all cultures are equally valuable[2] many aspects of cultures are not intrinsically evil or good, wrong or right, thus there is a wide variety to choose from.

Today we may encounter a good deal of styles and leaderships. They are called Transformational, Transactional, Entrepreneurial, Servant or Situational Leadership. Styles are Autocratic, Bureaucratic, Charismatic or Democratic.[3] Adding all the differentiations from the beginning of this paper, one needs to be very careful in assembling the proper LC. At this point it might be simply concluded that the appropriate LC is the one that will work in a given context.

Cross-Cultural Leadership

As we experience increasing fluctuation of people across the globe a new term in leadership is gaining attention, namely Cross-Cultural Leadership. Here admitting the lack of mutual understanding is the common ground for any further planning and cooperation. A great sensitivity in listening, sharing and identifying the differences is crucial. Here our deep-rooted expectations and attitudes must be left behind so as the new collective and functioning culture might ever be created.[4] Yet, it shouldn’t be a surprise that for the sake of co-operation one must never Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Mission, Theology

 

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Christian Leader; Who, What or How is that? 1/2

Never before were people so occupied by the theme of leadership as today. If Christian leaders do not pay attention to this gentle relation between leadership and culture we might find ourselves sooner or later lost in the mixture of biblical teaching and cultural influences.

Leadership in its Complexity

Before we dive straight into the topic of leadership I believe it must be remarked that this single subject could be easily spread over thousands of pages and dozens of books due to its variety. Any further discussion about leadership will strictly depend on the very group of people it is exercised over, considering their socio-economic background, history, geographical location, intellectual level, age group, but among others also religion, denominational ranges and individual personality traits.[1] All these contribute somehow to a resulting sum of attitudes, leadership chaosexpectations, perceptions, customs, practices and the whole atmosphere in, from or towards a Leadership Culture (further only LC) in any given environment. LC will substantially influence matters such as assertiveness, gender differentiation, terms of hiring (Nepotism[2] and Cronyism[3] vs. Meritocracy[4]), power distance (top-down or flat), focus (task or people), mutual mindset (collectivistic or individualistic), communication (specific or diffuse), time horizon, space orientation, desired leadership traits, emotional relation and decision making processes all the way to the very core definition of what is leadership.[5]

For instance, taking into consideration only the attribute of power distance, while openness and room for discussion given by a leader is well appreciated in most parts of Africa and Western Europe (flat), in many Asian and Latin American situations this would be perceived as a weak leadership. On the other hand, Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Mission, Theology

 

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…a few thoughts for a Christian leader

Let me start with a simple question. How would you define “leader“?

One of the Webster’s dictionary definitions is saying that the leader is: “a person who has commanding authority or influence” in free Farlex dictionary we can find a slightly different definition that is saying:” One who is in charge or in command of others.” Or “a person who rules, guides, or inspires others; head”. However this is only a general definition of the word “leader” today. There are surely many other definitions that are dependent on a department that we are dealing with (e.g. Business, Economics, Sports, Transport, Art, Government, Law…).

Now let’s focus on a definition of a leader in Christian environment. When we talk about a Christian leadership it is important to start with talking about Jesus and His command to us as a Christians. Several times He is saying follow me! (Matt 8:22; Matt 9:9; Luke 18:22) or maybe even more clearly we read in 1 Pet 2:21: ”To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.” This passage of scriptures was originally written for servants and slaves.

Look upIt is essential to look up to Jesus, to take him as an example, to follow his lead. In connection with Christian leaders it is important twice as much. So we see that one of the important things is to be a servant. This shows a little difference comparing to commercial world. It is not common for your boss, in your job to serve you that much even though he might help you sometimes but it is not that kind of servant hood that we are talking about. Christian leader must be able to be submissive and devoted they must be able to bring sacrifices. Jesus did that when he was washing feet of his disciples (John 13:4-5). Are any of us more then him not to do so? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Theology

 

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The G-Factor – Dreams coming true

The Author

President of Eurolead.net, founding principal of one of Australia’s largest Bible Colleges, reprezentant of over 60 churches or leader of Institute for Creativity, Leadership and Management (ICLM) are the possible titles by which Mr. Scott Wilson can be addressed with. He holds Master degrees in Theology, Organizational Training and Development, and in addition to that he has completed Doctor of Ministry in Church Administration. Married to Linda who is pastor of a growing church, having two grown children, he travels around the world training leaders, preaching and consulting with churches. From a bird’s eye view we will look at his currently latest book about leadership. Thereafter I will try to discuss utilizing its content in contemporary church and at last my home church will be put into spotlight of this mission and people oriented jewel.

                                     

The Book

The G-Factor” is the seventh book in a row that originated from pen of this experienced leader. The fundamental line across the whole piece of the work is striving to show the importance of using vision, values, goals and strategy in contemporary society to grow a church, while dealing with conceivable emerging issues and objections. We are invited into the world of professional administration and influence which is used in secular units today as Doctor Scott Wilson demonstrates these principles applied in church setting. For those that might see this effort unnecessary, nonspiritual or even distrustful towards leading of the Holy Spirit, author endeavors to explain the suitable balance between the technocratic and spiritualistic way of thinking. However the main focus of the book is to set forth the four components of a Procedural Model in a way so one would be thoroughly able to implement its function into his own church. Easily formulated theory is enriched with numerous quotes from prominent theologians, entrepreneurs or sociologists. Additionally diagrams, schemes and charts are put to place in order to clarify specific propositions. All of this is accompanied by his own stories crowned by a very personal story of Magnus and Gunilla Persson and their journey of starting a church called United in Malmö, Sweden until now, without which writer says: “this book would be just a theory”.

          Already first five lines contain a neat although somewhat provoking story about a gardener and his beautiful garden that he took care of for a long time. Once visitor denoted that God had blessed him with a beautiful garden after which gardener responds -”Not really, you should have seen it when God had it.” This is the main thought behind the book. Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on June 16, 2011 in Reviews

 

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