We believe there is a vacuum in regard to effective leaders in the church. According to the Center for Church Based Training, 85 % of churches are stagnant because of the lack of leadership. Leaders are not being trained and developed. At CBI we believe leaders must be equipped to lead. We also believe that they are best produced through instruction and by hands-on experience, especially in the actual day today work of ministry.
It is our school’s vision to produce leaders that will lead and cultivate healthy, vibrant churches. Towards this end, our program is designed with the following objectives in mind:
- To prepare our students to be wise, godly, and mature leaders of character so that they can be shapers and influencers for Christ.
- To help the students to prayerfully discern whether they are called by God to lead and whether they meet the Biblical leadership requirements (1 Tim. 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-11, 1 Pet. 5:1-4).
- To encourage the students to equip emerging leaders by using what they have learned from our program and pass it on to others (2 Tim. 2:2).
- To prompt students to develop their leadership skills and practice what they have learned in this program with their family and the church.
- To expose the students to various leadership styles in the Bible.
- To encourage the students to learn and develop relationships with leaders in the local church.
Our Graduation Requirements
Note: This program is separate from our Biblical Studies program, which means a student cannot use credits from the Biblical Studies program for the Leadership program or vice versa. To receive a Biblical Leadership diploma from CBI, the student must complete the following:
- Seven Leadership Modules (see curriculum below).
- Read at least three books on leadership (a list will be provided by the Dean).
- Watch two movies, or two leadership training DVDs recommended for the program.
- The student will prepare ten questions and interview a pastor or Christian leader of his or her choice and write a paper that will include the student’s questions and answers from the leader. The paper must also include a section at the end that expresses what they have learned.
- The student will select a Biblical leader and write a 5-8-page paper including the following questions:
- What is the background of the leader?
- What made this person a leader?
- How did the leader develop?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the leader?
- How will this Biblical leader shape your future leadership?
|Description of Module||Number of Classes|
|Module One||Orientation: What is Leadership? The Call, and Preparation for Leadership||3 Classes|
|Module Two||Mission, Vision, Strategy||2 Classes|
|Module Three||Core Values of a Christian Leader, and Leadership Character Development (SGA)||3 Classes – (1 Timothy 4:6-16, 1 Timothy 3, personal assessment)|
|Module Four||Equipping – The Importance of Discipleship and Mentoring Emerging Leaders||2 Classes – (Eph. 4:11-16, 2 Tim. 3:16-17, Heb. 13:20-21).|
|Module Five||Portraits of a Leader – Shepherd (What is a shepherd? The functions and nature of Leadership)||3 Classes – (John 10, Psalm 23, Ezekiel 34, Psalm 78:67-72, 1 Peter 5:1-11)|
|Module Six||Portraits of a Leader – Servant Leadership /Leadership Problems||2 Classes on Servant Leadership – (Mark 10:34-45, John 13)|
|Module Seven||Portraits of a Leader – Steward
Portraits of a Leader – Elder
|5 Classes – (Steward: 1 Cor. 4:1-13; Luke 12:42-43, Titus 1:7); Elder: Acts 20:17-38, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Tim. 3:1- 7, 1 Tim. 5:19-25)|
|Module Eight||Priestly Duties, the Diaconate||3 Classes – (Administration, Leading Meetings. Communion, Baptism, Marital Ceremonies, Burial, and Prayer); What is the role of the deacon? What are the requirements and duties?|
|Module Nine||Change, Transitions, and Church Conflicts||2 Classes|