Considering the changing cultural landscape and the new realities facing the church, we need passionate, spiritual leadership in our local churches to navigate an uncertain future.We recognize that our leaders need encouragement and equipping if they are to move their church to kingdom effectiveness.
In our Strategic Plan for 2013-2018, the Be In Christ Church of Canada is committed to developing “incarnational churches led by transformational leaders.”
The ‘Development Process’ diagram (below) is a visual representation of the perpetual programs we offer to our pastors and ministry leaders. These programs are divided into four types.
- LEAD events will focus on equipping pastors to become transformational leaders by providing them with the opportunity to improve their skills, knowledge and passion for their leadership role.
- Pastoral Residency is a ministry intensive designed for those who have completed their theological education but are still exploring what will be the best fit for them in the local church. Residents will be part of a leadership cohort for two years that will provide them with practical experience working in the local church and development opportunities to improve their leadership qualities.
- Leader Cohorts (Emerging Leaders Cohort, Board Leaders Cohort) will provide speciality training for younger or mid-career change pastors as well as local church board and ministry leaders. The cohort will meet six times per year at a centralized location.
- Clusters Groups provide encouragement by networking pastors with others Be In Christ pastors. The challenges of ministry, especially in solo-pastorate contexts, is significant. The cluster seeks to bring pastors together for mutual encouragement and support.
Below is the four year development cycle that we will provide for your leadership teams. This cycle will provide a yearly full development program with biyearly development programs for emerging leadership cohorts and board leadership cohorts.