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Texto Previo para Ciudad del Cabo 2010

Líderes locales en la iglesia global

Autor: Paul Joshua Bhakiaraj
Fecha: 29.07.2010
Category: Desarrollo del Liderazgo

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Nota del Editor: El presente Texto Previo para Ciudad del Cabo 2010 fue escrito por Paul Joshua Bhakiaraj como una reseña del tema a debatirse en la sesión Multiplex sobre “Líderes locales en la iglesia global”. Los comentarios a este texto realizados a través de la Conversación Global de Lausana serán remitidos a los autores y a otras personas para ayudar a dar forma a su presentación final en el Congreso.

 Jesús […] llamó a los que le pareció bien. Una vez reunidos, eligió de entre ellos a doce, para que lo acompañaran y para mandarlos a anunciar el mensaje. […]. Marcos 3:13-14 (DHH)

Lo que has oído de mí ante muchos testigos, esto encarga a hombres fieles que sean idóneos para enseñar también a otros.  2 Timoteo 2:2

Una prioridad permanente para la Iglesia

La importancia que tienen para la iglesia los líderes y del desarrollo continuo del liderazgo ha sido reconocida desde sus comienzos. Como relata Marcos, Jesús eligió a los doce, los capacitó y los envió en una misión. Pablo también fue mentor de muchos, entre quienes estuvo Timoteo, quien a su vez desarrolló a otros líderes para la iglesia. Esta práctica, implementada de diversas maneras, contribuyó indudablemente al crecimiento de la iglesia en todos los tiempos.

En tiempos más recientes, se ha vuelto a poner de relieve la importancia de los líderes y el desarrollo del liderazgo. En el Congreso de Lausana de 1974 se redactó un influyente documento denominado Pacto de Lausana. El Artículo 11 expresa la firme determinación del Congreso a través de las palabras: “[…] estamos comprometidos con los principios autóctonos y anhelamos que cada iglesia tenga líderes nacionales que manifiesten un estilo cristiano de liderazgo, no en términos de dominio, sino de servicio” (1). En esa misma tradición de reflexión y compromiso de la fe evangélica, el Manifiesto de Manila, redactado en 1989, declaraba en la Afirmación Nº 12: “Afirmamos que Dios ha encomendado a toda la iglesia y a cada uno de sus miembros la tarea de dar a conocer a Cristo en todo el mundo; nuestro anhelo es que todos, sean laicos o ministros, sean movilizados y capacitados para esta tarea” (2). Al encontrarnos en este momento crítico de la historia de la iglesia, el Congreso de Ciudad del Cabo 2010 hará bien en reiterar la importancia de los líderes y la urgencia de la solemne responsabilidad de desarrollar al liderazgo. Al reafirmar primeramente el llamado y el carácter del liderazgo, en segundo lugar clarificar su contexto actual y en tercer lugar poner de relieve algunos desafíos y oportunidades de y para los líderes locales en la iglesia global, esperamos que este texto ayude al congreso a hacer precisamente esto.

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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo Robert_Setzer (0)
Estados Unidos de Norteamérica

Local Leaders in the
Global Church
by Paul Joshua Bhakiaraj is an article that every pastor, lay
leader and disciple of Christ should read. 
Certainly in the 21st century, godly leadership is a high
priority for both the local and universal church.  As the article stated:  “sound leadership is crucial for the
successful functioning and progress of the church.”

            As
followers of Christ, we must reaffirm the calling and character of leadership
through missions and evangelism.  But
today, as we look around the world, we can still see both men and women who are
effectively sharing their leadership gifts for the glory of God and the up
building of his kingdom here on earth.

            Matthew 28:
16-20, is being practiced through out the world but all authority belongs to Christ
alone, and not to us human beings.  As
the article states:  “Ours is the claim,
not to authority, but to be covenant partners of Christ, the one who now stands
as the victor over sin, death and the devil. 
Leadership in mission is therefore not exercising authority; rather it
is standing under the all pervasive Lordship of Christ and following with
gratitude and in obedience to his calling.”

            I believe
as Christians leaders, that we first and foremost be called to serve and not be
served.  Christian leadership is about
servant hood.  Jesus showed what it means
to serve as one who leads. 

            All of us
have been called to make disciples, but this must be exemplified by us as
servant leaders under the authority of Christ himself.  And all of us should seek to lead others into
the kingdom of God, but these disciples must assume their roles as servant
leaders.  In order to be a good leader
you must first be a good follower of Christian obedience and sacrifice.

            In the 21st
century as the article states:  “If God
is doing a might work around the world local leaders can take heart that our
inability (or even our ability), our lack of resources (or even our resources),
our lack of power and privilege can indeed be transformed in his mighty hands
as valuable tools for his service.”

            Christian
leaders should never under estimate the power of the Holy Spirit in a
believer’s life.  I think that Christian
leaders should avail themselves and tap into this over looked power and
resource to do God’s bidding.  Paul says
in Philippians 4: 13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth
me.”  This should inspire confidence in
Christian leaders around the world.

            The 21st
century Christian leader must be a multifaceted person who is able to engage in
with any race, creed or ethnic group.  As
the article states on page 5:  “The
demographic changes that we see in the world church needs to be supplemented,
in a much more thorough going fashion, with a deep transformation of the
cultural expressions of the church.  Such
creativity will make our faith feel “at home” in our respective cultures yet
ensure that we remain “pilgrims” in the world.”

            Lastly,
local church leaders have an awesome task to feed their local congregation in
ways that are pleasing to Christ and his church.  My prayer is that would raise up Christian
leaders, both male and female, and who are willing and not afraid to take up
their perspective cross and follow Christ to the end!


20.09.2011
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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo jlovela1 (2)
Estados Unidos de Norteamérica

A very powerful article. I appreciate the honest critique of the Western church and the need for indigenous leadership. I also appreciate the mentioning of the importance of authority through Christ in service and influence, and the cost of discipleship. Something we all need to learn. I did have one question, "When is pluralism not healthy for a non-Western Christian context?"


22.10.2010
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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo ScottChandler (0)
Estados Unidos de Norteamérica

I like the article very much.  Here’s one point that stuck out:

"our lack of resources (or even our resources), our lack of power and privilege can indeed be transformed in his mighty hands as valuable tools for his service. As we are seeing, the Spirit of God is able to employ what we have and do not have to accomplish his Grand purposes...For far too long we have depended on external agents and external resources to determine the shape and set the course of our missionary passion and involvement."

Praise the Lord that church growth is continuing regardless of outside resources, but I wonder, is that the ideal?  Should indigenous ministries not accept foreign assistance?  I tend to look at this as a great encouragement to all those indigenous missionaries out there who are in a position where their only choice is to operating despite their lack.  But isn’t the ideal to partner together as one global body of believers where the resources of wealthy Christians can supply the need of indigenous laborers, as long as it is done in a healthy relationship where it is not being controlled by the wealthy foreign "’supervisors’" and where ministry is also done in a culturally appropriate indigenous context, yet there is still a level of accountability and honest reporting?  (2Corinthians 8:13-15)

If I am a wealthy Christian in America who hears there is a lack of Bibles to go around, a lack of training materials for missionary recruits, a lack of equipment to record gospel messages in the local language, etc. is there still a way I can help?  


20.10.2010
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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo Knud_Jorgensen (2)  
Noruega

I think you touch on something most essential when you (middle of p.4) encourage local leaders to take heart and to remember that our feeble resources can be transformed by the Lord. I wish all of us in all parts of the world could start there more often, with empty hands and yet an expectation that the Lord can use and fill the empty hands.

Another matter: You emphasize strongly (on p.2) that all authority belongs to Christ alone and not to us. I agree that Christ is the source of authority, but I also think that he shares that authority with us - the authority to forgive or bind sinners, the authority of the Great commandment to disciple the nations in his name, the authority to pray for healing and to speak the prophetic word of God.


15.10.2010
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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo Mere_B (4)  
Estados Unidos de Norteamérica

Thanks for your emphasis on servant leadership. I agree that this is key to representing the spirit of Christ in a way that is prophetic and transformative in communities where so many are unreached.


14.10.2010
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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo jackyo (1)  
Reino Unido

If servanthood leadership was fully embraced then I suspect there would be far fewer struggles in seeing disabled people, women or others who are differently abled taking their God ordained places as church leaders


13.10.2010
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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo ChrisKidd (0)   
Reino Unido

Whilst I understand the need to see through a priesthood of all believers that we are all leaders and servants:

The church and world desperately need leaders who will serve and servants who will lead.

For me this section was over-stressed, and loses the importance of structure, and the understanding that as an organisation grows it has to develop structure and therefore models of authority and responsibility for the continued cohesiveness of an organisation.

Paul, you very helpfully, go on to look at the need for a polycentric faith:

No longer can we think of Rome and/or Canterbury and/or Colorado Springs as the primary representative centres of Christianity. To be true to this new reality called World Christianity we will now need to accord Buenos Aires, Chennai, Lagos, Nairobi, Santiago, Seoul, Shanghai and other such places equal if not more importance.

This excites me, although with so many denominations and organisations I think it will be difficult to see this actually happen, I can’t, for example, see the Archbishop of Canterbury moving power to Africa, Asia or Latin America.  And yet as Paul writes, it is imperative:

unlike the previous era the gospel cannot be represented by a western image and Christian history cannot be guided by a western master narrative, political, economical or theological.

This paper leaves me asking more questions and looking forward to the discussion it will bring in Cape Town.  Thank you for taking the time to write it.


09.10.2010
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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo Carson_Weitnauer (2)  
Estados Unidos de Norteamérica

Paul,

I very much enjoyed your paper.  In particular, your focus on servanthood, "polycentrism", creativity, and courage were a blessing to me.  I strongly affirm these values and points.

In the church where I serve, we have been discussing the 6 components of a “strenuous reorientation" to the ways of Jesus:

  • from casual to intentional
  • from individual to communal
  • from consumer to servant
  • from irreverent to reverent
  • from the spectacular to the mundane and everyday
  • from complex to simple

I believe some (all?) of this language comes from Eugene Peterson.  I think these transitions are very insightful as to what discipleship requires of us.

One other piece that deserves attention is "discipleship of the mind."  In too many ways, I think churches teach that the Greatest Commandement is to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength."  I am burdened to see us love God with all of our minds, honoring the role of thought, reason, truth, and knowing in everything we do.  By giving our minds appropriate attention, and doing so in the context of loving God and our neighbor, I believe we will exhibit greater faithfulness to the will of our glorious God.

Again, my sincere thanks for your thoughtful, challenging article.


07.10.2010
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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo David_Allen_Bledsoe (3)  
Brasil

A good and much needed address on leadership.  Congrats on keeping the paper biblically centered and with recollection on the history of what Lausanne has elaborated on leadership issues.

I appreciate your comment that leadership for the future, in wherever the context the church finds itself, much maintain the dual theological and missiological connection, commitment and emphasis.


06.10.2010
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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo Pauline_Chen_F (1)  
Estados Unidos de Norteamérica

Hi Paul,

Thank you for your paper.  I especially appreciated your redefining and reframing of  "healthy polycentrism" and "healthy pluralism". 

I would love to hear more about how local leadership can dialogue with those in other localities.  How can we work towards a "Unity in Diversity" that is not superficial presence of diversity, but one of true partnership, true and meaningful dialogue.


24.09.2010
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Responder Señalizar 2 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo Lex_L (6)  
Sudáfrica

Hi Paul,

Thanks for your hard work on this paper. I hope you won’t mind me making a few suggestions that may be of help when it comes to discussion.

I totally agree with your concern that indigenous (and in fact all Christian) leadership being shaped more by the ethos and goal of servanthood rather than being ’dictatorial’. Agreed 100%. In fact, I love your phrase, ’it is a leadership that exercises wholesome influence rather than exerts dictatorial authority.’

I would, however, suggest that the balance is not to reject the idea of authority, which you (probably unintentionally) appear to do: You say that ’Leadership in mission is therefore not exercising authority’. But actually, it is!

Before Jesus sent the disciples out ’on mission’ he ’gave them authority’ (Matthew 10, Mark 6, Luke 9).

So what we need here is not the rejection of authority but a discussion as to the Christian nature of authority in mission - what that looks like locally and globally.

A further suggestion which I think would strengthen the paper would be to suggest some practical ideas/strategies etc to connect local leaders to the global movement - and thus connect local congregations to what is happening globally, for their encouragement.

One last point: in terms of the development of an understanding of the unfolding Christian history happening right now, I think we need to call for writers, historians etc. to put together compelling accounts fo what is happening in the ’majority world’ in terms of church growth.

One of the challenges of lecturing or writing on Christian history is, on one hand, the wealth of material concerning periods of church growth in the West, and, on the other, the lack of material on the emerging growth (and I mean stories not just statistics) in the global South. It may be helpful for you to call for them!!

Many thanks again for your insights and hard work,

Lex Loizides

http://lexloiz.wordpress.com/


19.09.2010
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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo Swells_in_the_Middle (15)  
China

"The biblical idea of leadership that the global church today desperately needs to reclaim is ’national leaders who manifest a Christian style of leadership in terms not of domination but of service.’"  Amen!

The other night I ran into a Chinese pastor friend of mine.  It had been a while since we had last talked, but I could tell he was excited.  We chatted a bit about some of the Lausanne Papers (some of us have been meeting to discuss them from time to time), and the issue of leadership came up.  I asked him what he thought the basic challenge for Chinese church leaders was, and he responded very quickly with 斗争 douzheng meaning “struggle” referring to the grasping conflicts over authority that are far too common amongst church leaders.

Before I could comment he went on to tell me that he now understood what it meant to be a leader in a church.  After over 20 years of ministry, this man finally understood that leading his brothers and sisters was not about giving orders or controlling people, but rather about setting an example.  With great excitement, he told me that a good pastor must first and foremost live and work in a way that honors God—doing, and not just saying, the things that God requires.

A simple truth about leading through serving, but one that leaders throughout the global church far too often forget.


23.08.2010
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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo MisionGloCal1Scott (12)   
Argentina

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30.07.2010
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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo MisionGloCal1Scott (12)   
Argentina

Querido Paul: Excelente presentación, profundidad, inspiración, ánimo y desafío. Muchas gracias. Adjunto documento Las Iglesias Locales en la Iglesia Global. El desafío al liderazgo de la Iglesia. A time for gratitude. A time of risks and dangers. Projections and challenges for the Iberoamerican Mission Movement

    


30.07.2010

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