To understand the nature of a regency-leader for the emerging world today, we need to unpack the idea of leader. Winston and Patterson define “leader” as “one or more people who selects, equips, trains, and influences one or more follower(s) who have diverse gifts, abilities, and skills and focuses the follower(s) to the organization’s mission and objectives causing the follower(s) to willingly and enthusiastically expend spiritual, emotional, and physical energy in a concerted coordinated effort to achieve the organizational mission and objectives.” A regency-leader is a leader as defined by Winston and Patterson, but who also fully and daily represents Christ the King as His regent.
Adding the term “cosmopolitan” to regency-leader expands the picture of a Christian regency-leader to one who is comfortable in an environment in which individuals have values and beliefs different from the leader. The cosmopolitan keeps a balance between holding personal values and beliefs while accepting people with differing values and beliefs by remaining people centered.
Gudykunst and Kim offer an illustration of a cosmopolitan point-of-view: “Respect for all cultures; understanding of what individuals in other cultures think, feel, and believe; and appreciation for differences among cultures.” Regency-leaders will need to learn to be cosmopolitan and to lead the members of their congregations to be cosmopolitan. The cosmopolitan mind-set will be necessary for the church to minister successfully to our growing cross-cultural communities.
Giving your heart to others by listening to their heart
When you grow a leader who values people you help the whole world