Category Values

Biblical images of leadership

The leadership image of a shepherd

A few years ago I attended training for IFES staff and students. I was impressed and inspired by the teaching of the Bible about spiritual leadership. A few images did draw my attention especially. The image of a shepherd, servant, and patient helped me most during this training. 

At Studentlife we thought that a series on leadership would help us. So we decided to use a variety of materials for these training sessions. 

We will have a closer look at the image of a shepherd as a leadership model. This comes from Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. The main passages come from Psalm 23; John 10; Ezekiel 34; Acts 20; John 21.

Some of the lessons are the following: 

  • Good shepherding begins with God as our shepherd.
  • If God is our shepherd, then we have the following benefits: abundance, security, and intimacy. We, therefore, learn to lead out of a sense of our needs being continually satisfied. Leadership is healthy if leaders are not using others to meet their needs. 

We will discuss a few case studies that will help us make it practical and concrete. We hope the training will better prepare us to coach and mentor our students and student leaders.

 

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Networking training With Charles Ruffolo

Training on Networking with TheNetworking Charles Ruffolo

Agape Nederland, the organization I am working with, has organized three training days with Charles Ruffolo on Networking.

The training was inspiring and we learned a lot on what it is and how to do it. Furhtermore, Charles invited us to his network club so we can see networking in action. We were encouraged to practice what we learned during this evening.

I was amazed to see so many people connect with each other and help each other fulfil part of their dreams.

We are better prepared to increase our impact for God’s kingdom work in The Netherlands.

At the Network club with Charles

Agape Europe – Our Values

In Agape Europe we conduct our lives and work based on these foundational values

— GOD’S SUPREMACY —

The overriding principle of our lives as Christians is the recognition of God’s supremacy. We commune with Him in prayer, we expect divine guidance and intervention, and we seek to make ourselves available for His use.

— FAITH —

Humble dependence on God should characterise our Christian life. By living Spirit-filled lives, we expect to see God move through us as a ministry and as individuals to accomplish the tasks He has given us and help build His Kingdom.

—UNITY—

Demonstrated unity speaks loudly to the people of our time. As we move forward to accomplish God’s work, we need to love and embrace one another as brothers and sisters in the faith. This starts within our own organisation, but also sets the standard for cooperation with others.

—RELEVANCE—

No matter how professional, well planned or strategic our activities may be, they still need to be relevant to the people of today. We need to communicate and act in ways that are culturally appropriate, understandable and attractive, but without compromising on biblical values.

—FRUIT—

The result of our work should be visible in fruit as defined by God’s Word. Our hope is to see conversion, changed lives, church growth and evidence of spiritual maturity in individuals. This causes us to evaluate the work we do, willing and ready to adjust our strategies.

—GROWTH—

Two obvious signs of growth should be spiritual multiplication and the existence and expansion of our movements. We also want to see our staff, volunteers and disciples actively growing in their faith, and the growth of our organisational capacity to keep pace with our movements.