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LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLES

A Means For The Church In A City To Bring Transformation

by Glenn Barth: glenn@lighthousemovement.com

 

 

Leadership Roundtables

A means for the church in a city to bring transformation

Glenn Barth - Mission America

National Facilitator for City Community Ministries

Mission America is a coalition of 435 national leaders of denominations and parachurch ministries committed to a mission: “The whole church taking the whole Gospel to the whole nation.” We believe God is bringing the church together in an unprecedented manner in our time. In a very real sense, we are seeing an answer to Jesus’ prayer in John 17:20-23. Pastors are gathering in prayer groups that cross-denominational lines. Laypersons are gathering in Bible Studies through their work place, neighborhoods and schools, which value a person’s spiritual journey in Christ above other Christian labels.

Yet, Jesus’ prayer focused on unity with a purpose.  He prayed, ³that all

of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they

also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.² When God

brings unprecedented unity, we must ask, ³What is God¹s purpose?²

We believe God’s purpose is “²that the world may believe.² According to George Gallup, interest in spirituality is at an all-time high in the short history of the Gallup Polling organization. Now is the time to show and share the love of Jesus Christ as expressed in the good news of the Gospel.  The ³whole Gospel² is perhaps best represented in Jesus’ declaration at the start of his ministry in Luke 4:16-21, when Jesus went into the synagogue in Nazareth on the Sabbath and read these words, ³The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”Again, in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.²  The whole Gospel is composed of the mighty deeds and the mighty words of the Kingdom of God.  It is the preaching and the living of the Gospel that brings a witness to the whole person as the Holy Spirit reaches into the depths of the soul, convicts of sin and brings a person to a place of repentance.

We believe God wants to transform the lives of people and institutions through the work of the church of each city, empowered by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 6:10; Luke11:2). To begin to address the transformation of the lives of people and institutions, we need to have an idea of where we are headed. A list of Community Assets in each sector of our society will give us a scale for measuring progress). Community Assets are key components in each sector and institution that closely reflect the presence of God¹s reign on earth as it is in heaven. A sample list of Community Assets for the Business Community is attached.  The point is that if we hope to see these assets in our city, we need Christians who are committed to work together from each sector on each asset to have the desired impact.

This is why roundtables are an important starting point for the citywide church.  A roundtable is place where trusted Christian servant leaders from various sectors of our society can meet to prayerfully discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Community Assets in their city, make and implement plans which the whole church can employ to strengthen these assets over time.

Some have suggested that pastors should be the planning group for the church of a city. Although I write from the perspective of a pastor, the church is not composed of pastors, but of believers from many walks of life.  Each of these Christians has been called of God to serve in a vocation where God will uniquely use them in this transformational process.  Pastors form a vital leadership pool in the church. As expositors of the Word, vision-casters of a transformed world, lovers of souls and voices of conscience in our culture, Pastors bring a depth of understanding to the church¹s role.

Yet, the church needs every member of the Body of Christ (1Corinthians 12) in order to function effectively.  Representatives from the following sectors should be invited to attend a leadership roundtable.

·        Church Community

·        Marketplace/Business

·        Civic (Government and Armed Services)

·        Education

·        Media/Communications

·        Legal Community

·        Medical Communities

·        Arts and Entertainment

·        Others as a city or community sees fit

 

The leadership roundtable would be facilitated by the convener at the first meeting and then select one of their members to serve as convener/facilitator for subsequent meetings for the first year.  It¹s wise to have a set term for facilitators and to allow for regular succession.

Large cities demand regionalization along well-understood boundaries. Each region could have a leadership roundtable similar to the one above. In a well-integrated model, each regional leadership roundtable would have leaders from each category represented on the citywide leadership roundtable.

Finally, servant-leaders chosen for a leadership roundtable should meet a set of well-understood qualifications and reflect the ethnic diversity of their city or community. Below is a suggested list of qualifications to serve as a profile.

 

PROFILE: Citywide Leadership Roundtable Member

1.   A Spiritual Life:  A person of true spiritual integrity; fully committed to Jesus Christ  as Lord, filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit and manifesting the fruit of the Spirit in life and ministry.

2.   A Servant Leader:  A proven leader who serves with the humble, loving, leadership style of Jesus Christ; a transcending spirit; a networker and coalition builder; an encourager and empowerer of others-a true Christ-like servant leader.

3.   Identified by others:  A person who is not self-selected, but rather is identified by his/her peers as someone who is able to influence and mobilize those in his/her field.

4.   A Godly Reputation:  A Christian leader who is respected by both the Christian community and the secular community in which he lives, works and/or ministers.

5.   A Ministry Vision:  A person of rare spiritual vision for his/her city rooted in a deep                commitment to Jesus Christ and the advancement of His Kingdom through ministries of united prayer, revival, reconciliation, evangelism, disciplemaking, and church planting.

6.   A Kingdom Focus:  A leader who is committed to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ by helping to facilitate ³the whole church (denominations, local churches, ministry organizations and ministry networks) to take the whole Gospel to the whole city.²

7.   A Committed Collaborator:  A leader who is able to encourage and enable Christians from every segment of the Evangelical community in the city to unite together as co-laborers in various ministries of evangelistic outreach.

8.   An Effective Unifier:  A leader who is able to bring together leaders of various  ethnic groups, denominations, churches, ministry networks and other ministries to team together under the Lordship of Jesus Christ to lovingly and appropriately share His Gospel with every man, woman, young person and child in America.

9.   A Heart for Mentoring:  A leader who is committed personally to the ministry of mobilizing, equipping and involving younger Christian leaders to share in the  significant ministry of collaborative evangelism.

 

 

Community Assets for the Business Community

Sample Draft List

 

Within a Corporation

·        A Mission Statement reflecting the call of God on the business.

·        Owners who serve Jesus Christ as Lord and savior understanding that their business is the Lord¹s and they are stewards.

·        Each employee (from CEO to Janitor) serves Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and honors the directives of their supervisors.

·        Each employee having a clear sense of the call of God to the position and place where they serve.

·        An environment of grace and trust.

·        Generosity displayed in employee pay and benefit packages.

·        Biblical moral and ethical business standards.

·        Christian mentoring relationships encouraged.

·        A workforce representing diversity in gender, race, and cultures.

·        A spirit of grace demonstrating the love of God and the value God places on people in peer to peer and supervisor to employee relationships.

·        A working environment permeated with prayer.

·        Management and Labor looking out for one another’s best interests.

 

In the Community

·        A reputation for integrity which comes from faith in Christ.

·        A benefit to the community in which the business is located.

·        Mentoring relationships with young people interested in entering the field of the business.

·        A spirit of generosity expressed in the support of ministries in the community.

·        Concern for the environment.

·        Clear communication with neighbors and local leaders.

·        A willingness to listen to others and change plans if necessary.

·        Demonstrates a spirit of cooperation with other businesses to serve in strategic alliances.

·        A willingness to offer their facilities to the community for other uses.

 

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