Having a “mental model” or common framework is helpful in establishing expectations, skills, and competencies around leadership. Scripture brings the lessons of leadership to life through the image of the cedar tree. The cedar of Lebanon is an effective way to contemplate the vocation, mission, and development of leaders in the Catholic Church.
The first post in this series introduced the concept of Scripture-Based Leadership as a way to develop individuals, parishes, and ministries. This post will dive deeper into this concept, exploring why all baptized Christians have a duty to become leaders.
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The Need for Catholic Leadership Development
Leadership development is increasingly implemented today in business, government, and academic institutions, but sadly, it is rarer in the Church. While generic “turn-key” leadership programs are available, Catholic parishes, dioceses, and organizations can use another approach that is grounded in the Word of God.
Very little about 2020 is “business as usual.” If your parish is planning to begin the academic year with in-person gatherings, you need to develop clear guidelines for your ministries and, because nothing this year is predictable, have contingency plans ready.