LEAD’s Vision of Christian Leadership

Growing leaders with deep, bold, consequential faith

Vision for leadersThe Disciple Frame…

So what makes a Christian leader different? It’s about following Jesus, living each day as a disciple. You might say it is about following to lead.

One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.  —Mark 12:28-34

LEAD has clarity on what it means to be a disciple drawing on the ancient words of the Shema and the Great Commandment lived and spoken by Jesus Christ. We are claiming these words from Jesus (Mark 12: 28-34) as The Disciple Frame. This is not new, nor does it belong to LEAD. We believe that through the power of the Holy Spirit, people of faith are sent to live a life of pilgrimage, bearing God’s creative and redeeming word to all the world. LEAD is a purposeful value system that grows out of the promises of baptism both freeing us and entrusting us with the responsibility to grow ourselves and others.