Author: Nixon N. Echavez
Category: Leadership Development, Leadership Development
The prevailing philosophy of many pastoral leaders concerning leadership, at least those that I come in contact with in my short years of ministry, is a lopsided interest in a certain dimension resulting to a lack of balance with the other areas. One group argues that adequate theological training is the key for ministry effectiveness. Another asserts that zeal for God should be enough to carry them in ministry. The last, however, is counting on practical ministerial skills to bring about the desired results. What is interesting is that all three groups are found across denominational structures and theological spectrum.
I believe in the necessity of intellectual, spiritual, and skills development based on a leadership paradigm provided by the Lord Jesus in the Great Commandment. To be fully developed leaders we need to look for a creative balance to promote intellectual growth, to pursue passionate spirituality, and to expand ministry skills. This is a challenge for the global church as we seek to accomplish the task of world evangelization in the 21st century. Let us continue to explore ways of fusing the mind, heart, and strength dimensions so that we can become more complete leaders and lead God’s people more effectively in fulfilling His purposes for our world.