Leadership Institute (LI) is designed for the leadership development of the men of our Household of Faith Community Churches. Every householder should consider himself the “pastor” of his own family, and for this reason, LI is crafted to teach each participant to “think like an elder.” Helping to equip the men of each local church as effective shepherds and theologians of their own households, LI becomes a powerful instrument for the development of future leaders of the church at large.
These things are accomplished as “iron sharpens iron.” The men “rub elbows” with the elders of their church in the preparation of expository sermons, the use of Bible study resources, in being confronted with theological problem solving and by responding to simulated counseling scenarios. These activities build leadership and confidence in the participants and ignite a passion for the study and communication of God’s Word. It also deepens the fellowship in the fraternity of fathers and sons in the local congregation.
Though any father and son (typically ages 16 and up, depending on the congregation) may attend LI, it is not necessarily for everyone. Vancouver HOFCC, for example, has about a dozen households engaged in LI, with average attendance around 15 to 18 men. We apply no pressure on men to participate, though word of mouth keeps the building pretty full. Twice a year we offer our young men an opportunity to preach a sermon at the institute. In the past year we have had sets of three and four young men prepare and preach genuine, thoughtful expository messages to the group. This is an excellent way to “stamp” the mechanics of preparing and preaching a message into the hearts of these young men.
- > The Big Idea: Identify the “golden thread” or key theme that the author has presented in the text?
- > Observations: What are glaring observations in the text? What is key to the context or timeframe? Who are we talking to? What is the prevailing theme? Why this theme now and to this audience? What are the surprises or apparent contradictions in the text?
- > Interpretation: Considering the observations, and rightly dividing the Word of Truth, what interpretations do we have of the scriptures in view? Interpreting scripture by scripture, what other texts bear out the message or enlighten the passage?
- > Principle: What key principles can we derive from the text? Are they prescriptive or descriptive? Do they apply to us today? Has God given here a blueprint that applies to us in a given way?
- > Application: How can we apply the teaching to our lives today? Present to the body thought-provoking themes in a digestible manner where, at some point, members of all ages can understand, at minimum, the central elements of the sermon.
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