McNeal’s final “Tough Question” is: “How Do We Develop Leaders for the Christian Movement?” McNeal writes, “Leadership development that supports apostolic leadership and a missional renewal in the church pays attention to four arenas of learning: paradigm issues, microskill development, resource development, and personal growth.”

Paradigm issues are concerned with how we see our world. We are still in a paradigm shift from “doing” church at the clubhouse to “being” church in the world.

Microskill Development is concerned with cultivating a new skill set. “Vision cultivation and casting, communication, team building, change and transition leadership, mentoring and coaching, corporate culture management, conflict management and resolution, networking, project management, systems thinking, and interpersonal relationships” are all important. This skill development is not limited to clergy.

Concerning Resource Development, McNeal writes, “A leader who does not know how to resource his work just produces ideas, not results. The key resources for spiritual leaders include prayer, people, time, money, facilities, and technology.”

Personal development is concerned with self-understanding.

Are we prepared to develop new leaders? What would a curriculum and program look like?

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