I am in hardfast preparation for a class at Harding Graduate this month. The class is on Developing Leaders within the church. At first, I thought this class was going to be on being a leader in a church context. It was going to be your typical leadership development class on helping the minister be a better leader in the church setting. I am happy to say that this is not the case. The case is a great look into developing leaders in the church. Do not miss the significance of this. At the undergraduate level, and graduate level, much of the attention is given to the minister’s personal development. But at the doctorate level, this is not the case. The reason why, is because at this level you should already be a leader, and the bigger question is how do you develop leaders. This is just one of the aspects I love about Harding’s program, it understands the level that a minister is at, and continues to improve his ability to serve as a preacher in the church. At the doctorate level, it is assumed you already know how to be a leader, but takes you deeper into the work of a minister which is equipping people for service to the Lord. In the class we are reading a ton of stuff on creating models for leadership development, and we are reading dissertations that deal with various church sizes, and how to produce a leadership training program or ministry. It is so nice to walk into a class situation and for the professor to take you to a new level of understanding. I was still at the “improve as a leader” paradigm, but Dr. Huffard knows best. He is using this class to really help a minister became a better leader in the church by allowing him to be able to develop other leaders as well. Church growth experts always say, increase the leaders in the church and the church will grow. Thank you Harding Graduate for continue to move ministers to a deeper level of service in the kingdom.
- Reflections on Class
- First Class in Doctor in Ministry Degree
- Reflection on Class
- Doing the D.Min Class Again
- Bible Class on “Symbolism in the Forth Gospel”