Organizational Leadership Module (OLM)

INTRODUCTION

The Organizational Leadership Module (OLM) is a joint-initiative between ICM, the Board of Ministry & the Board of Laity of TRAC. OLM 1 (2011-2013) and OLM 2 (2015-2017) was attended by about 500 leaders from 6 districts of the TRAC churches. The aim was to bring together the TRAC leadership community to clarify the different leadership roles and to provide a platform for dialogue and interaction between churches, clergy and laity.

TRAINING APPROACHES

All training sessions will be done at district levels
Dates & Timing will be determined in consultation with District Superintendents and Hosting Church Pastor/Leadership
The 12-hour module will be split into two-blocks of training days (6-hour each). A possible arrangement could be over a weekend of Sat/Sun or over two (2) Saturdays or any other arrangements befitting the local church and district setting.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS

All LCEC members, heads of ministries and small group leaders together with their local church pastors and potential leaders.

OLM-1 MODULE CONTENT & SYLLABUS

SESSION #1: THE CHURCH –THE BIG PICTURE OF THE BODY OF CHRIST

This sessions sets the tone and framework for the meaning of the church from a biblical, theological and Methodist distinctive. It will provide an overview of the body of Christ and the various church governance models with their implications for spiritual leadership as well as ministry direction and approaches.

SESSION #2: THE CHURCH – THE RHYME & RHYTHM OF THE HEART OF SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP

This session addresses the crucial need for leaders to understand the foundation of spiritual leadership and discipleship-making. It will also cover the importance and dynamics of dealing with people issues as a call Christ issues to the church towards the ministry of reconciliation. Some practical issues related to handling conflict and dealing with life baggages will be discussed.

SESSION #3: THE CHURCH – THE NUTS & BOLTS OF THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

This session addresses practical issue related to the organizational structure unique to the Methodist church and provided for by the Methodist Book of Discipline. Issues to be discussed will include the role of pastors and LCEC in spiritual oversight, the rationale and out-working of Pastor-Parish Relations Committee (PPRC), the place of Pastoral Care Team (PCT), the crucial role of the Nominations Committee, the roles of CG Leaders and Ministry Leaders I relation to LCEC, etc. This session will provide opportunities for dialogue and interaction to clarify the mechanisms in light of the needs and uniqueness of the local church.

SESSION #4: THE CHURCH – HANDLES FOR LIFE-GIVING MEETINGS & DECISION-MAKING

This session provides some practical tips on running effective, efficient and life-giving meetings within a church setting. It will deal with issues related to the role of prayer and discernment, both individual and community in decision-making. Other areas to be included are taking stock of the way meetings have been conducted in the past and post-decision ethics – how to handle the dissenting voices of the minority/ethical aspects of leaders.

 

OLM-2 MODULE CONTENT & SYLLABUS

SESSION #1: GROWING AND MATURING AS A LEADER

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in his book, The Cost of Discipleship, ‘When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.' This is a call to all followers of Christ. Inevitably, this becomes the foundational call for all who serves and leads the church, the body of Christ. Hence the end goal of all spiritual leaders is to grow and mature towards Christlikeness and being increasingly open and able to share in His life - His suffering, His death and His resurrection. (Colossians). This session suggests a framework and building blocks for growing in our faith and in our leadership.

By the end of the sessions, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and understand their personal faith development and leadership stages
  • Prayerfully, identify where they need to grow towards
  • Explore possible ways & tools to build-in a rhythm towards growth and maturity as a leader

SESSION #2 : DISCOVERING OUR PERSONALITY FOR TEAM MINISTRY

We are all created uniquely with different gifts, personalities, strengths and weaknesses and we bring all of that into ministry life and our leadership team. This session gives an opportunity for participants to discover their personality types using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The session aims to help leaders become more self-aware of their personal inclinations in the way they live, lead and minister and learn how to recognize each others' differences as gifts and be open and willing to work together as a team for the greater purposes of Christ's church and His Kingdom work.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify their personality types that influence the way they recharge energy, process information and make decisions.
  • Understand the practical implications for team ministry and leadership
  • Begin to learn to work the angles between personalities as a response to Christ's call for unity and testimony as His disciples

SESSION #3: DISCIPLING LEADERS OF THIS GENERATION

At the core of leadership development is discipleship to Christ. This session seeks to explore the art and science of journeying with another person in their quest to follow after Christ as leaders in this generation with all its challenges and prospects. Given that as many as over 90% of leaders have not had the privilege of someone journeying with them thus lacking a concrete experiential model of journeying with someone else, the session aims to provide some key building blocks and a framework to place our hands on the plough.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the core aspects of discipling leaders
  • Develop essential heart attitudes towards nurturing leadership in a young leader
  • Design a roadmap towards developing necessary skills needed for discipling young leaders

SESSION #4: TRANSFORMING CONFLICT AS A PEACEMAKER - CONFLICT RESOLUTION

As leaders of the Church, we are bound to encounter conflicts when people do not get what they desire or want (James 4:1-2). Conflicts often occur over an issue or relationship at the boundary of our accepted values, interests, resources, or personalities. As children of God we are called to transform these conflicts into opportunities for peacemaking that glorify God. Crossing these conflict boundaries enable us to have greater unity, trust, and love for one another in Christ Jesus who is our peace. The bible provides us the principles and guides to resolving conflict and the Methodist Book of Discipline also provides current examples of conflict resolution processes. It would be best if we know, abide by and apply them to be transformed into Christlikeness which is our end goal.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • State 4 biblical guides in transforming conflict into peacemaking opportunities
  • Identify their own personal approach to conflict against the slippery slope of conflict (flight-fight responses)
  • Apply the CALM model to manage conflict
  • Identify and apply the conflict resolution processes contained in the MBOD