The Language of Leadership

Tragedy looms large over church leadership as it often adopts the language, the values, and strategies of the marketplace to explain the incomparable mission of the church. We have forgotten that the kingdom of God is not a business enterprise and the missio dei is not like any plan that was formulated by the brightest human minds. This tragedy is prevalent all over the world and India is no exception.

Leadership is always contextual and faith has to be lived out in the midst of challenges it encounters. The situation in India is alarming not only because the church is facing unprecedented persecution, is divided along ethnic lines, and caste discrimination is also visible in the church and the way Christian NGO’s operate. The church as a community of the Holy Spirit bound by cords of love, in order to be light and salt of the society remains a big challenge for church to model. Does it show the insecurity of the leadership? I think so. When the identity and security is sought in ethnicity, language and colour of the skin, it is not then a sign of insecurity of leadership.

When the Bible states “God is love” (1 John 4:8) it shows God’s ways are highly personal. Its more about who we are then what we do. God’s personal intervention in the painful and violent world in Christ sets the model of leadership. Jesus lived life “full of grace and truth” (John 1: 14). He fully identified with our humanity except sin. This lesson is not taught in leadership books which hit the market selling dreams of successful researched principles of leadership. We easily succumb. Our need is to return to the old and ever fresh principle of incarnate leadership that empowers the powerless, gives hope to the hopeless. While Jesus said, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12: 32). We often hear fear not big flock you are the kingdom for we have the numbers.

The number game gets incentive from the phrase often used: “Return on investment.” This mantra is elevated to the status of prophetic word by its worshippers. Grants fall or shower depending on how you provide numbers.

God became one of us and lived among us in order to lead us out of darkness and into a marvelous light. Remarkably enough, God’s chosen way for leading us to salvation and liberation- through the humanity of Jesus- remains his preferred way: incarnating divinity through humanity to love a hurting, sinful world. But leadership fails- every time – when it becomes mechanistic or in any way impersonal or relationally anaemic to all of community of Christ or to all of God’s creation, it takes a position on a pedestal, treating the people down below as projects or causes or problems. There is no substitute to incarnation full of grace and truth.

Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
General Secretary

Narrative Report South Asia Legal Consultation – ‘Defending Religious Freedom’

Colombo, 17th – 20th July, 2018

The South Asia Legal Consultation titled ‘Defending Religious Freedom’ was held from the 17th to the 20th July, 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Consultation saw the participation of 22 lawyers and academics (in the field of law) from the South Asian region. The countries represented were Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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AEA GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND ASIA CHURCH IN MISSION CONGRESS BANDUNG, INDONESIA AUG 30 – SEP 1, 2016

Hosted by the Asia Evangelical Alliance, PGLII (The Fellowship of Indonesia Evangelical Churches and Institutions), Integrated Village Ministry (PESAT), and a local church in Bandung, 187 key leaders, observers and doctorate students on Theology in Mission from 19 countries, the Four-Yearly General Assembly of Asia Evangelical Alliance was held in Bandung, Indonesia simultaneously with a Mission Congress, under the theme of Ethical Leadership and Authentic Discipleship. The participants represent 13 member countries and 5 non-member countries (Australia, China, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Uzbekistan).

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Sixth Annual Asia Emerging Leaders’ Summit Concludes in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Christian Leaders from 14 Countries are Encouraged to Participate in Public Spheres
03 February 2014

Chiang Mai, THAILAND: Emerging leaders from 14 different Asian countries were encouraged this past January to consider more active roles for themselves and their church communities in areas labeled “public spheres” by distinguished speakers at this year’s Asia Emerging Leaders’ Summit (AELS), an annual gathering focused on providing emerging leaders opportunities to develop, engage and think towards the future.

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The Triune God: Creation, Church and Consummation

Statement of The Asia Church Congress Theological Consultation Bangkok, Thailand 20 to 22 August, 2013 Asia Evangelical Alliance
30 August 2013

Shape and Focus

We, the members of the Asia Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission (AEA: TC), along with church leaders from Asia, gathered for The Asia Church Congress Theological Consultation. The leaders from twelve Asian countries represented a broad spectrum of denominations and confessions, including Evangelical, Pentecostal, Methodist, Reformed, Presbyterian, Baptist, Nazarene, Christian and Missionary Alliance and Independent. The topic was The Triune God: Creation, Church and Consummation, with the key verse: “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).

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