For the last three years we have run a short leadership course called 6.30 leadership – the name derives from the fact that the course happens at 6.30 in the morning. This year we’re going to have a look at the first four chapters of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, using John Stott’s book Calling Christian Leaders as our base.
Here are all the details…
Why a leadership course?
Why do we put the course on? There are two main reasons:
- To train and support existing leaders in their leadership. The course provides a space to reflect on the area(s) you lead in, and learn with other leaders.
- To inspire and train up new leaders. We want to find people who are hungry to serve and take on responsibility within the church or the city.
Courses like this provide a context for us to ‘go deeper’ than we might do on a Sunday or in a City Group, in terms of applying the Bible to our lives, specifically focusing on one area (leadership) in order that God might multiply His work in the city. One of our four values in CCC is leadership, as our aim is to become a church-planting-church – so this course gives us as a church a chance to grow together in leadership and raise up new leaders.
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 join 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 we ask that you find the equivalent in your church family.
- 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.
- 23rd January – The Ambiguity Of the Church (1 Corinthians 1:1-17)
- 27th February – Power Through Weakness (1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5)
- 27th March – The Holy Scripture & The Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:6-16) *hand in essay 1
- 17th April – The Church & The Trinity (1 Corinthians 3) (Note this is the 3rd not 4th Wednesday of April)
- 22nd May – Models of Ministry (1 Corinthians 4) *hand in essay 2
- 19th June – Reflections & Learnings (Note this is the 3rd not 4th Wednesday of June)
The course will take place from 6.30-7.30am on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 28 Bachelors Walk (10 seconds’ walk from O’Connell Bridge). Each session will be split into two parts:
- 6.30-7am: Upfront teaching from 1 Corinthians with application for leadership
- 7-7.30am: Discussion and reflection in small groups (there will be some tasks/activities each week for someone from each table)
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 1 Corinthians about biblical leadership? (end of March)
- How has 1 Corinthians shaped your view of what it is to be a leader and in what ways are you going to put this into practice going forward? (end of May)
- Attend six out of six sessions. Part of the course will be the table discussions and community that forms from learning together. Apart from unforeseen circumstances, please only commit to the course if you can do all six sessions.
- Belong to a Life Group and/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.