This essay presents regency-leadership theory as a model for building future leaders for the modern world based on Christ’s message to His disciples in Matthew 28. God’s design for the leadership of His church rests on Christ keeping full authority over His church and His continuous leadership presence with His followers. Under regency-leadership theory, those in church leadership roles lead solely as Christ’s regents (leading for the absent King). This essay further argues the future of the church rests in existing leadership’s effectiveness in developing future generations of regency-leaders capable and committed to guide Christ’s church into the emerging world.
This essay stresses the critical need to develop future regency-leaders with characteristics to meet the coming challenges of our unpredictable world. Those characteristics include the need for ethics, personal renewal, biblical core values, a heart toughened for battle against our dominant secular society, and an understanding of systems and organizational design. Additional characteristics include adaptability, a comfort with differing ideologies and cultures, and a capacity to deal with uncertainty. The final characteristics include a commitment to return to the first-century dedication to live and die for Christ, empty of self-interest, and accepting His full authority. This essay will challenge the reader to embrace the uncertainty of the future and promote “near successes” in the effort to move our churches through apprehensive times.
Giving your heart to others by listening to their heart
When you grow a leader who values people you help the whole world