Leadership: A Teaching/Discussion Resource

Leadership Series
Cordova Community Church, Cordova, TN (1998)

This material was presented in the form of 30 minutes of teaching followed by 30 minutes of discussion within small groups.

The new church plant was moving toward appointing their first shepherds. We probably moved too quickly as I think about it now, but this is the material we studied together. As with anything over ten years old, I would probably phrase things differently, emphasize different things, import some ideas that have become more significant to me (e.g., missional, eschatology, etc.), and rethink the way I handled gender in this series (e.g., I would definitely add Romans 16 into this discussion mix [some of that material is available in the series Women Serving God]and offer more alternatives for understanding 1 Timothy 2 [also available in that series). Nevertheless, it was a healthy study at the time and, for the most part, still is. Anyone who makes use of this, of course, will have to make their own judgments about what is helpful now and what is not…as even I would today.  :-) 

I have uploaded the nearly fifty pages of notes and discussion questions onto my Classes page for those who are interested.

The series had a theological and christocentric starting point.  Shepherds should shepherd as God shepherds; they should imitate the Good Shepherd in his humility, service and loving care. It moved through some of the classic texts on elders and ultimately ended discussing the relationship of evangelists (“located preachers”) and elders. 

Below is a list of the lessons:

  1. Our Model: The Humiliation of God (Philippians 2:1-11).
  2. The Divine Shepherd (Psalm 23)
  3. God and His Shepherds (Ezekiel 34:1-22)
  4. Jesus as the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-18)
  5. Servant Leadership (Mark 10:32-45)
  6. Jesus and His Shepherds (1 Peter 5:1-4)
  7. Priorities in Leadership (Acts 6:1-7)
  8. Giving Elders Perspective (Acts 20:25-35)
  9. Gender and Leadership (1 Timothy 2:1-2, 8-15)
  10. Respecting Leaders (1 Thessalonians 5:12-15)
  11. Qualities of Leadership I (1 Timothy 3:1-7)
  12. Following Leaders (Hebrews 13:7-8, 17, 24)
  13. Qualities of Leadership II (Titus 1:5-9)
  14. Elders as Caregivers (James 5:13-20)
  15. Leaders as Equippers (Ephesians 4:7-16)
  16. Evangelists (1 Timothy 4:6-16)
  17. Elders and Evangelists (1 Timothy 5:17-22)


One Response to “Leadership: A Teaching/Discussion Resource”

  1.   clyde s. Says:

    Wow! You’ve got good timing. I am finishing my final sermon notes for Sunday’s sermon (#3 of 3 in a short series on shepherding) as we get ready to appoint additional elders at the Lakehoma church. Thanks for sharing this. I look fw to spending some time with it tomorrow morning (a good cup of coffee and some good material is always a winning combo in my book).

    I just blogged about this topic recently because I regard this as a major “blind spot” for many CofC congregations. Some churches/elders have a hard time envisioning any other way to be elders and regard their role than the sick way they have always done it/seen the role. Because of the CEI, they end up feeling somewhat arrogant that they have organized the church according to the pattern while at the same time completely disregarding the pattern of shepherding evident in God and Christ!

    So, “amen” to your work to try to help churches grow closer to health in leadership/followership.

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