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Coed Adult Bible Study

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November Lecture Series

Reflections on Church Leadership
As we are in the process of searching for a new senior pastor, it seems worthwhile to reflect on what leadership in the church is and should be. Leaders in a church context—both clergy and lay—are called to follow an approach to leadership that differs in some important ways from the models we often encounter in other arenas, such as politics and business. The Bible is filled with striking examples of leaders who challenged people’s assumptions about what a leader should and could be. For example, Moses was a murderer with neither eloquence nor confidence who begged the Lord to send someone else. David was initially overlooked as too young and inexperienced. Esther was underestimated due to her gender and appearance. Who would have predicted that Saul, the zealous persecutor of Christians, would become Paul, a leading evangelist of the early church? And of course there is the example set by Jesus: an inspirational speaker, to be sure, but also a convicted criminal who associated with outcasts, made a ruckus in the Temple, and set an example of servant leadership by kneeling to wash his disciples’ feet.

In this November series, we will have the opportunity to reflect more on the concept of leadership in the church. The series began on Nov. 10 with a presentation by Rev. Mark Ramsey, the Executive Director of Macedonian Ministry. Macedonian Ministry forms cohorts of pastors around the country for a three-year experience of peer learning on leadership, emerging ministry needs, strengthening congregations, and helping congregations engage their communities. Rev. Ramsey spoke on Leadership and Ministry and Playing Away Games, which  invites us to reflect on the unprecedented complexity facing Protestant church leaders today. He discussed the challenges and the opportunities, along with implications for church leadership and how congregations discern what is essential going forward and what is no longer essential.

On Nov. 17, Rev. Dr. Robert Dykstra will speak on Uses of the Self in Pastoral Leadership and Ministry. Dr. Dykstra is the Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Dr. Dykstra has served as a minister, hospital chaplain, and pastoral counselor. His academic interests include pastoral care and counseling, psychoanalytic theory, developmental psychology, and the integration of biblical and theological precepts with research in the human sciences.

On Nov. 24, in celebration of Pledge Dedication Sunday, the Stewardship Committee will join the Adult Education Committee in hosting a special lecture by Sean Mitchell, Chief Advancement Officer at United World Mission and Founder of Generosity Development. Mr. Mitchell will build on our discussions of leadership by speaking about stewardship. In his book Gracious Stewardship, Mr. Mitchell and co-author Millie Snyder encourage us to view stewardship not as simply fundraising, but as an opportunity to experience and celebrate the transformative grace of Christ.

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