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The Best Skill of Leadership: Directing vs. Equipping

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THIS EPISODE

What is the best skill of missional leadership that can spark and sustain a decentralized network of microchurches? Equipping. “Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service …” (Ephsians 4:11-12).

The challenge with centralized leadership is that it tends to disempower others because it is so directive: a few directing many, who simply fill roles in programs, leaving people under-developed. True apostolic leadership calls forth and develops the gifts and callings of all of God’s people. It does not create reliance but equips everyone for release and reproduction, based on the dynamics of the gospel and the priesthood of all believers. In this webinar, we will explore the leadership skill of equipping.

THIS MINISERIES: MICROCHURCHES AND THE NEW WINESKIN OF LEADERSHIP

We are reimagining the Church as a decentralized network of multiplying missionaries and microchurches that fill a city or region with the fullness of Jesus. For most of us, that requires a shift from the centralized form of leadership that we’ve been using to a decentralized one.

Centralized
  • Churches look and feel like a pyramid. Hierarchies are built for control. Top-down leadership ultimately communicates, “We can do it; you can help.”
  • Power is collected, especially for the organization and a few at the top.
  • A few lead, and everyone else follows.
Decentralized
  • Authority and ownership are extended out to the edges, and those circles are reproduced.
  • Power is treated as a currency that is available to everyone. The goal is for everyone and every expression of the church to reach their maximum influence.
  • Everyone leads, and everyone follows.

This decentralized form of the Church requires a new wineskin: a culture of decentralized, polycentric leadership with flat structures. In this miniseries, we will dig into the source, structure, scorecard, speed, and skill of leadership in this new wineskin.

Featured Guests

Jeff Vanderstelt
Executive Director | Saturate

Featured Guests

Jeff Vanderstelt
As the Executive Director of Saturate and visionary leader of the Soma Family of Churches, Jeff Vanderstelt gets to spend his days doing what he loves – mentoring leaders and equipping the Church in the gospel and missional living. Additionally, Jeff is on the leadership team of Saturate the Sound, a local church collective focused on gospel saturation in the Puget Sound. Jeff has authored Saturate, Gospel Fluency, and Making Space. He and Jayne, his wife, have three children: Haylee, Caleb, and Maggie. Connect with Jeff at his website www.jeffvanderstelt.com or on twitter @JeffVanderstelt.

Host

Rob Wegner
Rob is a ragamuffin who lives to love Jesus, his wife, his daughters, and his extended spiritual family in his neighborhood. He’s also one of the founding leaders and directors of the Kansas City Underground, a mission agency and decentralized network of microchurches and missional leaders committed to filling Kansas with the beauty, justice, and good news of Jesus. Rob also serves on the Global Leadership Team of NewThing, a global tribe equipping movement-makers in every nation of the world who believe in networking around the Jesus Mission. The Starfish and the Spirit: Unleashing the Leadership Potential of Churches and Organizations is his latest book, which he co-wrote with Lance Ford and Alan Hirsch.
Brian Johnson
Brian serves as one of the founders and directors of the Kansas City Underground, a mission agency and decentralized network of missionaries and microchurches in Kansas City. KCU’s 40-year vision is to have a missionary on every street and a microchurch in every network of relationships, connecting with training hubs throughout the city, saturating Kansas City with the beauty, justice, and good news of Jesus. Brian, his wife Kristen, and their five kids live as missionaries in their neighborhood, seeking to build an extended spiritual family there.

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Free
  • Weekly LIVE shows with thought leaders, practitioners and authors
  • NEW Community Platform
  • Annual online summits and other special events
  • Participate in groups with other leaders

Plus

Annual
$ 170
  • Everything included in Basic
  • Live Q&A with presenters
  • 2022 Empowered Digital Access Pass ($99 value)
  • Four more Digital Access Passes during the year ($396 value)
  • Additional discounts and resources

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  • Everything included in Multipliers PLUS
  • Full archive of Digital Access Passes ($1850+ value)
  • Workshops with presenters
  • Create your own groups
  • 1 Ticket to EX Orlando 2023 or 2 Tickets to a 2022 Regional