Developing leaders: Who is responsible?

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Description: This year, for the first time, we sponsored an Alban Institute Seminar ("A Vision for the Long Pastorate"), facilitated by Ed White, at the Shekinah Retreat Center in June. The focus of the seminar was pastoral leadership in the church. We asked, "What is the nature of the spiritual leader that is to be developed? What kind of leadership do we need?"Are we at times at the point that Jesus was referring to when he viewed the crowd and suggested that they were like people without a shepherd? This seems to be what Gord Alton was referring to in the June 9 Canadian Mennonite article, "Is this all there is?" He found some people not content with the church and asking, "Is this all there is to Christianity?" 7People sense that there may be more to the Christian life, when they read what Jesus embodied, and seek to find this beyond the church walls.Maybe the greatest responsibility lies with every follower of Jesus. When Jesus saw the people in need of leaders, he asked his disciples to pray, "Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field" (Matt. 9:38).
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