Suggestions for pastors to establish empowering leadership in local churches of West Japan Conference
Unpublished Thesis (MAMin)
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West Japan Conference (WJC) is one of the conferences in Japan Union Conference. The result of the church health assessment in 1999 showed that it was necessary for growth of WJC churches to improve their weakest area: empowering leadership. However, WJC does not seem to have been successful in establishing empowering leadership in the churches because most of the pastors do not know how to put it into practice. Thus, the purpose of this research is to offer suggestions for establishing empowering leadership in the churches of WJC. These suggestions are made based on the concept of empowering leadership which is found in natural church development theory, the Bible, and Ellen G. White’s writings. Besides, Japanese context and the states of WJC churches are considered in making suggestions. In this research, vision, delegation of responsibility and multiplication are discussed as essential aspects of empowering leadership. But, it seems that vision and delegation are particularly lacking among WJC pastors, because they have not received enough training on how to discover a vision or delegate their responsibilities to the church members. Therefore, those pastors should be edified first by WJC and the experienced pastors, so that they can equip their church members for God’s service according to the vision which they have received from above. Considering what is proposed as elements of empowering leadership as well as Japanese mentality, workshops rather than seminars, personal contacts and small groups rather than that of general should be utilized in training both the pastors and the church members.
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