Developing disciples to be regency-leaders begins and centers on their “emptying of self” experience. This is the experience referred to as “the power of God in God’s people” when Christ reigns (at the top of the triangle) as the One with full authority and the regency-leader serves Christ as one personally abandoned to Him. Developing disciples to be regency-leaders follows a strategy of building receptivity to selfless service and subsequently Christ’s divine empowerment.
This does not decrease the importance of addressing areas of skill and knowledge, but recognizes the greater importance of regency-leadership becoming a selfless servant with authority and empowerment, which must be the hub of the wheel of development. How this happens within a congregation or other Christian organizations will differ depending on the spiritual maturity of each developing leader, the needs of the organization, and the available people and funds.
In Ephesians 1:15-23, Paul shows himself as an example of a regency-leader when he argues Christ is the head (the top of the triangle) over His church. Later in 4:15-16, Paul connects Christ’s headship over all the various parts of the church, pointing out how each part of the church has a particular “role” within the body. This suggests that within the governance structure of a congregation Christ remains head over all. Any leadership hierarchy within a regency-leader organizational structure remains as a group and individually living sacrifices for Christ.
Several years ago, I met a regency-leader of a church in the greater Portland, Oregon area. This pastor (who we will refer to as Pastor Jack) was popular within the church. The church was growing steadily and developing its future leaders out of its own membership. Pastor Jack recognized the danger of his popularity as a potential future problem for the church. He knew that because of his popularity if for any reason he could not continue his preaching and leading role the church would suffer a serious setback. Pastor Jack set out to dilute his preaching and governance roles by sharing the preaching and passing his governance responsibilities to other staff pastors and directors. Today, if Pastor Jack’s health forced him to step down, the church would continue unabated. Being empty of self for Christ, Pastor Jack ignored his personal interest (power, recognition, financial security) to build a stronger organization for Christ. This is regency-leadership.
Giving your heart to others by listening to their heart
When you grow a leader who values people you help the whole world