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The "Why" of Grace Leadership

Posted on January 05, 2017

BY DAVID BELL, PASTOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Why did the church come into being 2,000 years ago? Why did God create this entity called “the church”? David Bosch, a scholar of the church’s mission, answers this way: “God has a mission and God has a church for that mission.”

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That quote is, in a nutshell, the “why” behind the church‑‑‑why the church exists. That quote also serves as the “why” behind all leadership at Grace Church. Our purpose is to make disciples and launch them into the mission of God. The Center for Church Leadership exists to launch leaders into that mission. Leaders must lead disciples into God’s mission because the church is Plan A‑‑‑God’s chosen instrument for the world’s redemption‑‑‑and there is no Plan B.
 
And we, as a church, are on mission with God, making and launching disciples into the world to be healing agents. This is expressed most accurately in our passion to see the healing of these six broken places:

  • Separation from God relationally

  • Isolation from one another

  • Pain of all kinds

  • Hatred marked by prejudice in all forms

  • Injustice

  • Decay of creation

When these six broken places are healed and made whole, the kingdom of God, which Jesus announced from beginning to end during His earthly ministry, takes hold of our world. It is the response to Jesus’ prayer, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10 niv); a prayer that summarizes the longing and call of God to His church. Every leader identified, equipped, and developed, is done so for the purpose of seeing God’s kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.
 
This vision for the church to engage God’s mission has led us to pursue discipleship in a specific form called the Way of Discipleship. This intentional, time-bound relationship, focused on learning and embracing eleven practices essential to following Jesus Christ, is the primary spiritual growth strategy for Grace Church.
 
When this type of discipleship is active in the life of the church, there are many implications. The first is the simple ongoing multiplication of disciples. Second is the implication to leadership, namely leaders who, as disciples, are leading others into this vision of discipleship. In fulfilling the “why” of leadership, leaders of Grace are not only engaged in the Way of Discipleship, but also be continual advocates for it, leading others into this call to discipleship. Finally, this discipleship call compels disciples to engage in the mission of God’s healing of the six broken places.
 
This missional vision stands behind all that we do as a church. It is our expression as the people of God demonstrating the whole gospel in our cultural context.
 
Want to learn more? Join CCL starting on January 23, 2017 for four weeks for our Leadership Forum class: “Leadership in the Mission of God” as we explore the leadership needed to engage God’s mission as the people of God.