Self-awareness is key to understanding: understanding yourself, understanding others, understanding Scripture, and, of course, for growing in understanding of God. It might sound obvious, but it is worth pointing out that that you always take yourself with you, whether you are aware of it or not! A grounded identity will help you to lead in a more confident or ‘undefended’ way.
Leadership is the activity that leads others deeper into being fully human: that enables them to accept and take responsibility for the life they have received as a unique person within created humanity.
In this course you will learn to compare and integrate your understanding and experience of leadership with a deeper exploration of biblical perspectives; you will grow in understanding who you are and how this impacts your approach to missional leadership. You will think deeply about how the early chapters of the Bible present God’s original mission for humanity. You will consider and share how these perspectives about leadership compare with your own cultural background and context.
This course will build on the ‘Reimagining mission and learning in community’ course. In this way you will be able to train a group on the theme of self-awareness and identity.
The primary aims of this course are:
Become familiar with how ‘reading the Bible as story’ can be a tool for engaging with Scripture and identifying how Scripture highlights certain themes.
Develop the ability to connect - in a contextual way - God, Scripture, people and self as interpreter in order to embody God’s mission together.
Grow in self-awareness by understanding better how your interpretation of God, people and others shapes your relationships and your approach to mission.
Self-awareness and identity in Missional Leadership:
a residential of 4 days combined with a 10-week online course which requires 3 hours of work per week;
starts in the week of 11 October 2021 with a residential;
is a blended online, facilitated course, with a virtual meeting every 2 weeks;
online tools are is available for the people who are trained by the trainers, available in English
and translatable into different languages;
small groups of 10–14 participants, we aim at two people from a country or ministry;
primary language will be English;
the course is recognised by the IBTS Centre and EBF and is at pre-degree level;
tutors: Oeds Blok and Andrew Clarke;
facilitators: Matt Norman and Ingeborg te Loo;
tuition fee: 600 euros, limited scholarships are possible.