Implementing A Leadership Development Process at Greater Mount Tabor Church, Chicago Illinois
MetadataShow full item record
ABSTRACT IMPLEMENTING A LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROCESS AT GREATER MOUNT TABOR CHURCH, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS Robert Nathan Barnes, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2015 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. T. Vaughn Walker This project examines the inherent benefit of implementing and maintaining a verifiable and functional leadership development process at Greater Mount Tabor Church in Chicago, Illinois. The lack of appointment-ready candidates to fill vacancies as they occurred began to cause undue stress on the current leadership staff. Chapter 1 identifies the stated problem of needing a leadership development process and proposes a solution to the problem through implementing a four-month leadership development program. This program initially involved enrolling four to six qualified candidates during the specified enrollment period and equipping the candidates through a training/ development process. Chapter 2 examines the biblical and theological justification of pursuing such a project through an examination of Numbers 27:15-23, the subject passage, which confirms the intentional selection component and leadership development of Joshua for his appointment as the legislative and military commander, a position soon to be vacated by Moses. Chapter 3 examines the practical and theoretical implications of implementing a Leadership Development Process. These implications benefit the church body through maintaining a permanent pool of candidates equipped for successful integration into ministry headship. The benefits are that by continuously providing leadership training and new program evaluation, enhanced program implementation will take place and elder or pastoral candidates will emerge that consider serving at GMT or outside clerical headship vacancies as the Lord inspires. Chapter 4 examines how Greater Mount Tabor Church implemented a leadership development process based on the biblical texts provided in the appendices. The process included extensive biblical training utilizing the examples of how biblical patriarch leadership was formed. Of equal importance the aspirants were required to satisfactorily complete three ministry service projects as a practical approach to servant leadership. All of this work was performed under the supervision of pastor-appointed training elders. Chapter 5 evaluates the project. The project’s purpose and the three goals are examined for their effectiveness. Strengths and weakness of the process are identified. Evaluations are submitted by all parties involved to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the process and its practicality in moving forward.