Developing Leaders is a theme found throughout the scriptures.
From Jethro telling Moses he needed to share the leadership load (Exodus 18); to David gathering around him a group of “distressed, discontent and in-debt men” who would start to bring about change in Israel (1 Samuel 22:1-2); to Nehemiah appointing leaders to different positions to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls (Nehemiah 3); to Jesus investing in his 12 disciples; to Paul raising up leaders like Timothy, Epaphroditus and Titus, we see the importance of raising up new leaders to continue the work of building Christ’s church and extending God’s kingdom.
Additionally in recent years there has been a crisis of confidence in leadership in Ireland, whether political, financial or religious. The moral corruption mixed with bad decision-making of the leaders of the last 20 years has left people disillusioned and suspicious of authority and leadership. We’re not sure who we can trust and we’re not sure if putting people in positions of leadership is a good thing… it could be a dangerous thing.
So we see from scripture the importance of leadership, but we sense in our culture a crisis of confidence in leadership. 6.30 Leadership is a 10 session course which will aim to teach clearly what God requires of leaders, both in terms of their character and their role, and how when we follow Jesus’ model of leadership we see that it ensures the flourishing, health and wellbeing of those who put themselves under leadership. The leadership that is outlined in the scriptures is servant-hearted and full of integrity, and it will be this type of leadership that we will be exploring during the course.
We will use as our textbook for Year 1 of 6.30 leadership the book of 2 Timothy. This is the Apostle Paul’s final will and testament as he passes on the baton and encourages a young and timid leader, Timothy, to pick up the baton and stand up for Christ in a hostile world. The book is written on Paul’s deathbed so is very personal and moving, and in it he outlines many things that Timothy must be and do as he continues leading the church(es) that Paul planted.
Here is an outline of each session, with different words/ideas that Paul uses to describe leaders, with an additional session on time management and a final session to review what we have learnt and how we have changed.
- Dormant: 2 Timothy 1:1-7 – fan into flame your gift (30th Sep)
- Sufferers: 2 Timothy 1:8-18 – persecution for the gospel (28th Oct)
- Soldiers, Athletes & Farmers: 2 Timothy 2:1-13 – passing on the good deposit, part 1 (25th Nov)
- Workmen, Vessels & Servants: 2 Timothy 2:14-26 – passing on the good deposit, part 2 (16th Dec) *hand in 1st essay
- Time Management: working out the Work-Life-Church-Family-Rest balance (27th Jan)
- Lovers: 2 Timothy 3:1-9 – idols of the heart (24th Feb)
- Thinkers: 2 Timothy 3:10-17 – lies in the mind (23rd Mar)
- Evangelists : 2 Timothy 4:1-8 – preaching the gospel in a hostile world (27th Apr)
- Companions : 2 Timothy 4:9-22 – our need for one another (25th May) *hand in 2nd essay
- Reflect Together: what we have learnt and how God has changed us (22nd Jun)
The course will take place from 6.30-7.30am on the last Wednesday of each month at 28 Bachelors Walk (10 seconds’ walk from O’Connell Bridge). Each session will be split into 2 parts:
- 6:30-7am: upfront teaching from 2 Timothy with application for leadership
- 7-7:30am: discussion and reflection in small groups around tables
Here are the requirements for the course:
- Pay €20 – either in cash through the letter box on a Sunday or online, before the course starts. This covers all our costs to run the course.
- Submit two essays on time, no more than 1000 words (bullet points is fine).
- What lessons have you learnt (so far) from 2 Timothy in terms of who you need to be and what you need to do as a leader?
- How have you grown personally (character) and developed as a leader (skills and outlook) this year?
- Attend 10 out of 10 sessions. Part of the course will be the table discussions and community that forms from learning together. So, apart from unforeseen circumstances, please only commit to the course if you can do all 10 sessions.
- Belong to a Life Group or a City Group where you can start to invest in others. This is the first part of being a leader.
- Turn up at 6.25am – we only have one hour, so please be on time: get your cup of tea/coffee and a pastry and be ready for 6.30am.
Who is it for?
In summary, this course is for anyone who wants to grow in their character, biblical knowledge and gifting; and to grow in those three areas for the sake of serving others. Leadership in the bible is primarily summed up by the term servanthood. So if you want to grow in your ability to serve others and be an agent of change in their life, then 6.30 Leadership is for you.
Here are a few clarifying questions:
- Do I have to be in a position of leadership to be part of the course? No. All we ask is that you are committed to a Life Group or City Group (ideally both!), and are therefore looking to build relationships and invest in others.
- Do I have to have great ambitions for leadership to be part of the course? No. If you want to grow and serve God and others, then we’d love to have you on the course
- Do I have to be a part of Christ City Church to be part of the course? No. This open to all churches and we really welcome others to join and share questions and thoughts, though we ask that you respect any theological or philosophical differences we may have to your church. We understand that you won’t be in a CCC Life Group or City Group so ask that you find the equivalent in your church family.
- Do I have to be a Christian to be part of the course? No. We will be teaching the bible and praying each week and our overarching worldview from which we will be teaching on leadership is that ‘Jesus is Lord.’ If you’re happy with that we’d love for you to join us and to bring your questions and thoughts, though we ask that you respect what we believe.
- What if I feel timid or scared or under-qualified or inadequate or unworthy? Then you’ll be in good company alongside the likes of Moses, David and Timothy. God looks at the inside, not the outside and God loves to use the most unlikely people. If you feel you can commit to the requirements above, then please come along; we’ll be delighted to have you.
There’s a chance to ask any further questions when you sign up, but if there’s something you need to know before that please speak to Steve or email firstname.lastname@example.org.