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What is the scope of leader development?

As we think about making mature and equipped followers of Christ, the question of "what is the scope of leader development?" is a natural outflow.  When we make disciples the result is usually that these disciples become leaders.  Another way of asking this question is "where will these leaders focus their influence?"

Are we developing leaders just to do "spiritual" things or is our partnership with Jesus to "make all things new?"

Dr. Michael Williams, Covenant Seminary professor and author of Far as The Curse is Found, has some interesting ideas for consideration.

"A common question is that since redemption is relevant to all things, what should be our responsibility as redeemed persons? Should it be the redemption of persons, of souls, and the preaching the Gospel, or should it be a redemptive approach within culture? Yet this question is creating a false dichotomy for us.

In this view, the cultural mandate of Genesis 1—to be fruitful and multiply and have dominion—is relegated to unimportance after the fall. But Scripture does not let us off the hook that easily. Looking to the Noah story again, the cultural mandate is repeated almost verbatim to Noah within the context of the fall. It is a mistake to set the cultural mandate over against the redemptive mandate of Matthew 28:19, making it a choice between the two. We are held responsible for both."

"It would be better to think of these two mandates in terms of calling. We are not all called to the same things. God has gifted His people with different gifts, and He has called us to different tasks. Some of us are going to be called to evangelism, yet even evangelism should be seen as a little broader. It should be not only evangelism of persons, but evangelism of society, evangelism of different areas of life. Some people work in a public school system because they see their calling to be remedial, to be testimonies, to be witnesses not only to persons but to that very structure. Any calling in creation can be done unto the Lord, and can be a testimony to the world and as it seeks to be faithful to the Lord, and seeks to be a blessing to our fellow man, as it seeks to faithfully till and keep God’s creation, it is a fully Christian calling."

How does this perspective expand your view of the scope of leader development?