Pastoral Leadership for Challenging Times and Situations
Instructor: E. Allen Sorum
Pastors are leaders. Pastors lead from the pulpit. They lead when they teach classes and when they are providing counsel and support. Rarely is pastoral leadership more urgent and critical than when the congregations flock is faced with a crisis or an impending change or the loss of a sense or mission or even dissolution. Sometimes the greatest challenge is the appearance of indifference or mission fatigue. How can a pastor motivate and equip members when there seems to be too much or too little going on? Am I the best person to continue to serve here as the pastor? What changes might I make in my leadership attitudes and behaviors that would guide my flock and me through this time of adjustment and reassessment and change? How can I as the pastor help my members to grow in their desire and ability to follow me and to become stronger partners with me in our work to bring glory to God’s name and encouragement to God’s people? Our approach for this course will be thoroughly biblical. Though we will evaluate a few leadership paradigms from the social scientific world and from the book selling market place, our case studies and leadership insights will come directly from Scripture.
Area of Study: Pastoral Leadership
Course Credits: 1.0