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EFFECTIVE CHURCH LEADERSHIP FOR THE 21st CENTURY

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  1. 1. Joseph G. Smith EAST JAMAICA CONFERENCE ST. THOMAS ELDERS MEETING May 16, 2015 EFFECTIVE CHURCH LEADERSHIP FOR THE 21st Century Pastor Joseph G. Smith, PhD, JP 1
  2. 2. KEY THOUGHT If Seventh-day Adventist leaders do not deliberately and consistently focus on the MISSION of the Church we will drift away from being fishers of men to being keepers of the aquarium. Joseph G. Smith 2
  3. 3. Objectives of Presentation TWO Purposes/Objectives To sensitize Church leaders regarding the critical role leadership plays in advancing the mission of the Church. To assist Church Leaders in Preparing themselves to Effectively Lead Gods Church in these Challenging Times Joseph G. Smith 3
  4. 4. Definition of Terms Leadership is the process of influencing others to understand and agree about what needs to be done and how to do it, and the process of facilitating individual and collective efforts to accomplish shared objectives, (Yukl, 2006). Joseph G. Smith 4
  5. 5. Definition of Terms Leadership is at least as much an art as a science (Bennis, 1989, p. 145). Spiritual leadership is moving people onto Gods agenda Blackaby & Blackaby (2011, p. 36). Joseph G. Smith 5
  6. 6. Imperative of Leadership Summoned forth by human wants, the task of leadership is to accomplish some change in the world that responds to those wants. Its actions and achievements are measured by the supreme public values that themselves are the profoundest expressions of human wants: liberty and equality, justice and opportunity, the pursuit of happiness (Burns, 2002, p. 2). Joseph G. Smith 6
  7. 7. Imperative of Leadership Everything rises and falls on leadership (Maxwell, 1995, p. 6) Joseph G. Smith 7
  8. 8. Why does the SDA Church exists? To make disciples in preparation for Christs second coming (Matthew 28:18-20) A church without a purpose and a mission will eventually become a museum. Joseph G. Smith 8
  9. 9. The early Adventist pioneers were driven by a sense of the prophetic mission (based on Daniel and Revelation) and an overwhelming sense of urgency to advance that mission. That same vision, based upon the same prophecies, also provided the mainspring of early Seventh-day Adventist mission. Joseph G. Smith 9
  10. 10. From their beginning Sabbatarian Adventists never viewed themselves as merely another denomination. To the contrary, they understood their movement and message to be a fulfilment of prophecy. They saw themselves as a prophetic people with Gods last-day message to take to the entire world before the harvest of the earth (Revelation 14:6-12). Joseph G. Smith 10
  11. 11. It is the loss of that very understanding that is robbing so much of present-day Adventism of any real significance and meaning. The eroding of that vision slows church growth and will eventually transform Adventism from a dynamic movement into a monument of the movement and perhaps even a museum of the monument of the movement (Knight, Lest We Forget, p. 368).Joseph G. Smith 11
  12. 12. TESTIMONIES Volume 9, pp 19-20 In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. To them has been committed the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shinning wonderful light from the Word of God. They have been given a Work of the most solemn import the proclamation of the first, second and third angels messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention. Joseph G. Smith 12
  13. 13. CURRENT CHALLENGES Relativistic, individualistic and materialistic society Every person who comes into the church has his or her own agenda Every member of the church has both a mission and a ministry: the tasks of church leadership is to ensure that each member is occupying and fulfilling both his or her mission and ministry (Luke 4:17-19; Matthew 28:18-20; John 17:18) Joseph G. Smith 13
  14. 14. Role and purpose of church leadership Move people onto Gods agenda. Vehicle Two types of leadership best fits Christianity 1. Transformational leadership (Burns 2003)(Nehemiah) 2. Servant leadership model Jesus Joseph G. Smith 14
  15. 15. The Church has the Answers The church has answers to the most pressing questions people are asking (Blackaby & Blackaby, p. 15). Joseph G. Smith 15
  16. 16. The Church has the Answers Psychologist Steven Pinker states that People everywhere strive for the ghostly substance called authority, cachet, dignity, dominance, eminence, esteem, face, position, preeminence, prestige, rank, regard, repute, respect, standing, stature, or status (in Ginsberg, p. 74). Joseph G. Smith 16
  17. 17. The Church has the Answers Every man (MALE) is driven by three things, says Patrick Morley in Pastoring Men: 1. A cause to live for 2. A companion to live with 3. And a God to live for Cause, companion and conviction constitute the sum total of a mans existence. Joseph G. Smith 17
  18. 18. The Church has the Answers George Knight writes: One of the greatest strengths of Adventism is the lifestyle and doctrinal commitments that set it apart as a unique movement. It stands for something biblical, something true, something worth living for. That is part of the attraction of the Adventist message for people who are looking for the answer to lifes most perplexing problems (Knight, Lest we Forget, p. 366). Joseph G. Smith 18
  19. 19. Five Essential Ingredients for Effective Church Leadership for the 21st Century 1. Vision 2. Industry 3. Perseverance 4. Service 5. Discipline Joseph G. Smith 19
  20. 20. Vision Where there is no vision, the people perish (Proverbs 29:18) Vision is an act of seeing , an imaginative perception of things, combining insight and foresight. But more particularly, it is a deep dissatisfaction with what is and a clear grasp of what could be. It begins with indignation over the status quo, and it grows into the earnest quest for an alternative. Joseph G. Smith 20
  21. 21. Vision Vision is divine discontent. George Bernard Shaw wrote: You see things as they are and ask why? But I dream [of] things that never were, and ask why not? Examples: Moses 3 Nehemiah 2 Paul gospel to the Gentiles Joseph G. Smith 21
  22. 22. Nothing much happens without a dream. And for something great to happen, there must be a great dream. Behind every achievement is a dreamer of great dreams. Joseph G. Smith 22
  23. 23. Industry The world has always been scornful of dreamers. Here comes that dreamer! Josephs older brothers said to one another. Come now, lets kill himThen well see what comes of his dreams (Genesis 37:19).Joseph G. Smith 23
  24. 24. Industry The dreams of the night tend to evaporate in the cold light of the morning. So dreamers have to become in turn thinkers, planners, and workers that demand industry or hard labor. Men and women of vision need to become men and women of action. Joseph G. Smith 24
  25. 25. Industry Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of electrical devices, defined genius as 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. All great leaders find this statement to be true. Behind their apparently effortless performance there lies the most rigorous and painstaking self-discipline.Joseph G. Smith 25
  26. 26. Industry It was not enough for Moses to dream of the land flowing with milk and honey; he had to organize the Israelites into at least the semblance of a nation and lead them through the dangers and hardships of the desert before they could take possession of the Promised Land. Joseph G. Smith 26
  27. 27. Industry Similarly, Nehemiah was inspired by his vision of the rebuilt Holy City, but first he had to gather materials to reconstruct the wall and weapons to defend it. Joseph G. Smith 27
  28. 28. Industry The dream and the reality, passion and practicalities, must go together. Without the dream, the campaign loses its direction and its fire; but without hard work and practical projects, the dream vanishes into thin air. Joseph G. Smith 28
  29. 29. Perseverance Thomas Sutcliffe Mort was an early nineteenth century settler in Sydney, Australia, after whom the Mort Docks are named. He was determined to solve the problem of refrigeration, so that meat could be exported from Australia to Britain, and he gave himself three years in which to do it. But it took him 26 Joseph G. Smith 29
  30. 30. Perseverance He lived long enough to see the first shipment of refrigerated meat leave Sydney, but died before learning whether it had reached its destination safely. The house he built in Edgecliffe is now Bishopscourt, the residence of the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney. Painted twenty times round the cornice of the study ceiling are the words To persevere is to succeed. Joseph G. Smith 30
  31. 31. Perseverance Perseverance is an indispensable quality of leadership. It is one thing to dream dreams and see visions. It is another to convert a dream into a plan of action. It is yet a third to persevere with it when opposition comes. Opposition is bound to arise. Joseph G. Smith 31
  32. 32. Perseverance But a true work of God thrives on opposition. Its silver is refined and its steel hardened. Joseph G. Smith 32
  33. 33. Perseverance A lesser man would have given up and abandoned them to their own pettiness. But not Moses. He never forgot that these were Gods people by Gods covenant, who by Gods promise would inherit the land. Joseph G. Smith 33
  34. 34. Perseverance In the New Testament, the man who came to the end of his life with his ideals intact and his standards uncompromised, was the apostle Paul. He, too, faced bitter and violent opposition. He had to endure severe physical afflictions, for on several occasions he was beaten, stoned
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