Leadership is a big deal in our world. Good leaders are hard to find and poor leaders seem to be plentiful. The church is a very tricky place to raise leaders because we can’t just use the models around us in our culture. We’re given very clear instructions from Jesus that we’re not actually to have any leaders among us (“And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”)
We use Alpha as part of our leadership development in many different ways. The training is fantastic, and once you have gone through the training and have led or hosted an Alpha group you are pretty much ready to lead any small group discussion in any setting.
We also run an internship out of our church and one area of focus for the interns is the Alpha course because it equips the them in all areas of ministry from administration, facilitating a small group, overseeing other leaders in the course, and providing pastoral care to guests.
Alpha is also key to keeping us as the body of Christ on mission. It empowers us to share the Good News with people who are already in our lives in a relaxed, non-threatening way, and it enables us to walk alongside them in their journey of exploring the Christian faith.
I think it’s great to see a church that has vision for this course to do so much more than fulfill the need to do outreach. Alpha serves both the church and the community.
How about you? How do you grow leaders in your church?
- The Manitoba Boys Alpha Update (lifeonthefrontporch.wordpress.com)