Tomorrow I will be flying to Tokyo for five days to teach an intensive class in Leadership to a group of eighteen pastors and church lay leaders. I have packed and shipped off my “teaching suits” (not my favorite part about all of this — it is still quite hot here and in Tokyo)… my lectures and handouts are all printed out… almost finished catching up on laundry and getting all the kids’ school items ironed and put into backpacks for the week ahead. Now I just need to finish preparing my heart.
It is intimidating at times to teach these veteran Christian saints, most of whom are older than me with a lifetime experience in Japan. But I trust God’s calling and thank Him for the wonderful training and preparation He has given me. Last time I taught this class I was amazed and thankful for the vulnerability and sharing that happened by the end of the class, and pray that God’s spirit would again prepare and work in all of our hearts. Often when I teach I find God does a great work in MY heart; may it be the same this week.
Some have asked what it is that I actually teach for such classes. Here are the lectures I have prepared for each day. Every morning I will begin with a spiritual formation followed by 3 or 4 lectures… Here they are listed below (not in correct order; or there is a pdf schedule you can click on):
Servant Leadership 1: Jesus’ Four Leadership Models
Spiritual Formation: Pauline Leadership – Deep Processing
Destiny: A Key to understanding our Leadership Path
Servant Leadership 2: An Overview
Spiritual Formation: Pauline Leadership Openness & Honesty
Servant Leadership 3: Laws of the Teacher (Part I)
Servant Leadership 3: Laws of the Learner (Part II)
Spiritual Formation: Pauline Leadership & Word-centered Leadership
Servant Leadership 4: Mentoring
Leadership Transformation 1: Affirmation
Leadership Transformation 2: Understanding Boundaries & Transformation
Leadership Transformation 3: Unlocking Paradigm Shifts
Leadership Transformation 4: Understanding Life Purpose & Ministry Insights
Spiritual Formation: Paul’s Life Lessons & Finishing Well
We do appreciate your prayers. It’s hard to leave my family; and I know it will be a stretching week for Eric. Thankful for the friends who have volunteered to help when he has other responsibilities! We have also re-instituted Daddy Dollars –previous entry here– it’s a great way to get back into fall routine and the novelty of rewards/bribery/call it-what-you-will should give Eric a lot of help this week! Loved seeing the kids so incredibly anxious to clear the table and clean the house tonight. I hope my heart is just as eager to serve this week.