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Writings on Christian leadership and leader development by Malcolm Webber


Why Commission Matters

Leaders must be set apart for the work to which God has called them. Every leader was called to his ministry before the foundation of the world (cf. Eph. 1:4, Jer. 1:5, 2 Tim. 1:9) This calling then becomes known to the leader at some point in his life. For example, God revealed something of Paul’s calling to him at the time of his [...]

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Are Leaders Born or Made?

For years, people have debated whether leaders are born or made. Traditionally, debaters fall into four main schools of thought: The “born-leader” school This approach asserts that genes are the major forces behind leadership. You are either a “born-leader” or you are not. Since the “right genes” are relatively rare, effective leaders [...]

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Building Leaders in Real Life

Leaders who build leaders should themselves be involved in the daily responsibilities of leadership. They should not teach in some artificial environment removed from the real world. Jesus and Paul both conducted extensive and fruitful personal ministries while concurrently building new leaders. A leader wears several distinct “hats” in [...]

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Five Kinds of Power

A leader helps someone move from where he is now to somewhere else. But what about how the leader motivates that move? We may define leadership “power” as the leader’s capacity to influence others to move from where they are now to somewhere else. There are essentially five reasons why people follow someone else, or five kinds of [...]

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New Realities of Church Leadership

A “paradigm” is a mental model that describes a particular view of the world. It is a set of rules and regulations that defines boundaries and provides a means for being successful within those boundaries. The church is currently undergoing massive paradigm shifts. Before, tradition was central. Now, relevance is. Yesterday’s spiritual [...]

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