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View this Powerpoint that was used by the Session of Christ Presbyterian Church to reflect on the nature of Church Leaders as Spiritual Leaders and being a "Sailboat Church."

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  • 1. A Handbook By Joan S. Gray

2. Yet Elders and Deacons if present, are still the backbone of any Presbyterian church, and few churches rise far above the level of leadership of their lay leaders pg ix 3. God raises up among the Christians in a congregation the gifts needed to carry on ministry in that place. 4. A spiritual leader is one whose way of life is centered in a relationship with God revealed in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Pg 3 Spirituality is a way of life that leads to a deeper relationship with God. 5. LeaderA leader exercises authority or influence to motivate other people to follow him or her. Leadership implies movement and change. Pg 3 Leaders have a vision of something that is not yet accomplished. 6. Spiritual Leaders A Spiritual Leader leads others to seek and do Gods will. God does not call the qualified;God qualifies the called. 7. Spirituality 8. Session as Spiritual Leaders What is your reaction to this statement? The primary work of a Presbyterian session is to lead a congregation to seek and do Gods will. 9. Authority to Lead Authority and leadership are intertwined. Authority is what enables leaders to motivate followers to move together toward a goal. 10. Authority is from Jesus Christ At the deepest level, all authority exercised in the church belongs to Jesus Christ; Christ delegates spiritual authority to those called to lead. 11. Scripture and tradition support the authority of Elders.What factors erode that automatic authority? 12. Turn to page 12 and please reread through the end of the chapter. 13. God has given the church a basic agenda and then left it up to the church to get on with it.Progress depends on circumstances like the amount of money in the bank, the number of volunteers available, the charisma and skill of its leaders, and the demographics of its community. They ask the question, What can we do with what we have?Presence or absence of resources largely determines what can be done. What the is sea like and how willing people are to ROW makes the decisions 14. Leaders know that what they have or lack in the way of human and material resources is not the decisive factor in what they can accomplish. Look on church as a continuing adventure with a God who leads and empowers them to do more than they ever could have dreamed. The adventure involves believers in and intimate relationships with the triune God who guides their life as a churchKey question is not what do we have?, but What is God leading us to be and do now in the place where we find ourselves? They believe that the God who calls is the God who provides, and that if they are invested in doing what God wants the church to do, God will provide the resources. 15. The basic difference between them has nothing to do with the circumstances of a congregation; rather, the difference is in the attitude of the leadership and members. Pg. 18Rowboat Churches We can do this or we cant do this Sailboat ChurchesGod can do more than we can ask or imagine. 16. The early believers used a sailboat to symbolize the church because the idea of being powered by the Holy Spirit of God, as the wind moves a boat, was at the heart of their experience of being church. From the beginning the church was intended to be a God-powered movement. Pg 18-19 17. Three basic components of being a sailboat church:Passion for God Faith in Gods provision Willingness to let go 18. Where is God in relation to the center of your life?How does this relationship with God empower your ministry as a Church officer? 19. Sailing Skills for Church Leaders Sanctified Imagination Rising Above Self-interest for the Good of the Church The Willingness to Risk and Fail The Ability to Discern and use the Gifts of others in Gods Work Using the resources of Tradition and History Discerning Kairos Moments 20. Leadership Style Divide into small groups to discuss the various leadership styles. Provide a summery to the group on the assigned style. 21. 22. Read advertisement on the top of page 68 23. Conflict v. Kuh n-flikt; n. kon-flikt1. to come into collision or disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash 2. to fight or contend; do battle Effective Spiritual Leaders are not surprised by conflict. They expect it and prepare to deal with it in healthy ways. Pg. 73