January 10 - 16 Introduction
The first week is an introduction to Succession Planning. Students need to read all of Designed to Lead by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck. This book provides a foundation leading up to the final project. We will also discuss this material at the end of the fourth week. Consider the following questions when reading Designed to Lead: 1) How would you describe the conviction that drives the current direction and decisions of the church? 2) How can church leaders create a culture that focuses on leadership development? 3) What type of constructs will advance the development of leaders within the church?
January 17 - 23 Descriptions
Focus on the people involved in the congregation who will implement the final project. Be explicit and detailed about the descriptions of everyone involved in the success of your design plan. As part of this week’s research, read the following passages: Nu. 27:15-23; Dt. 31:1-3; Dt. 34:9 and consider the people involved in the succession of Moses to Joshua.
January 24 - 30 Factors of Leadership
Spend this week reading the Introduction and chapters 1-5 of Leadership Can be Taught by Sharon Daloz Parks. As you read through the material, consider how Parks addresses key factors related to developing leaders in our current culture. How can small group discussions aid in the process and contribute to your design plan?
January 31 - February 6 Blogs / Podcasts
To prepare for this week’s online discussion, spend time researching online websites for blogs and/or podcasts that address leadership and leadership development. You will be helped to have Designed to Lead and assigned reading from Leadership Can be Taught completed. Also, in preparation for the discussion read 1 Kgs. 2:1-9 and consider the details given by David to his successor, Solomon.
February 7 - 13 Principles for Design
Read chapters 6-10 of Leadership Can be Taught by Parks. While you read these chapters, compile a list of principles that will benefit you in the development of your design plan.
February 14 - 20 Why, When, Where
Reflect on the material read and discussed up to this point. Then, write a description of why this program is needed, along with when and where. To assist you, please read the article posted in this week’s section.
February 21 - 27 Break Week
February 28 - March 6 Next Generation Leader
Reflect on your journey to this point and write out ideas that describe what your design plan will offer the next generation of leaders. How will your design plan change the future of leadership development for the congregation where you serve?
Read Andy Stanley’s book, Next Generation Leader. Make sure to take good notes, or highlight needed sections, as you reach the halfway point for the development of the final project. This material will help you prepare for next week’s online discussion. As you consider the five essentials (Competence, Courage, Clarity, Coaching, and Character) ask the following questions: 1) How effective is your own leadership? 2) Why will courage prepare the next generation leader? 3) What does clarity have to do with leadership and how will listening improve that clarity in communication? 4) Who will carry on the legacy of the current leaders in the church?
March 7 - 13 Growing Leaders
Take detailed notes of How to Grow Leaders by John Adair. As the subtitle suggests, Mr. Adair describes seven principles of effective leadership development. As you read through his material, consider the following questions: 1) How will training fit into your design plan? 2) What kind of people will be selected to participate in your plan? 3) Who will provide the mentoring needed to fulfill your plan? 4) Who will fill the role of champion for the promotion of your design plan? 5) In your strategy, what role will education play and how will it be implemented?
March 14 - 20 Evaluation
Several passages factor into this week’s material. Please read Mt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15-16; Lk. 24:36-49; and Jn. 20:19-29. While these passages may be familiar to all of us, they are critical for preparing your design plan. This week, while thinking about the Great Commission and the fulfillment of God’s plan, prepare an evaluation procedure that allows good oversight and maintenance of your design plan. We will discuss this in greater detail during our final online discussion.
March 21 - 27 National Plan
This week requires you to focus on how your design plan can make a national impact In leadership development. The future of leadership development involves far more than the congregation where you serve. How will your design plan help other congregations develop leaders in their context? In detail, describe the application of your plan across the nation.
March 28 - April 3 Leadership Truths
Read James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s book, The Truth About Leadership. While reading this book, consider the following questions: 1) What difference will your design plan make for the congregation? 2) What are key characteristics that determine the power of leadership? 3) How would you describe the role of learning among leaders? 4) How valuable are others to the success of your leadership? As you ponder these questions and the answers to them, also consider what Paul instructed Timothy and Titus in 1 Tim. 1-6 and Titus 1-3. These areas will factor into our final online discussion this week. Think about what questions you may have before finalizing your design plan.
April 4 - 10 Final Preparations
As you finalize your design plan, examine the demographics and context of your community. What are some of the ways your design plan can be used as an outreach tool for the community? This section of your final project will allow leaders to see the internal and external benefits of your plan.
April 11 - 17 Final Paper
As you finish writing your project, if there are any questions that need to be discussed, please send me a note. If needed, we can schedule an online discussion platform.