Cheptebo AIC Rural Development Centre, Kerio Valley, Kenya

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A.I.C CHEPTEBO RURAL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

REPORT ON THE TRAINING EVENT ENTITLED:

LEADERSHIP GOD’S WAY – BASED ON A BIBLICAL AND PRACTICAL APPROACH TO EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE.

TRAINING DATES: 20TH TO 22ND JUNE 2016

TRAINER: MR. LEN MILLER (JUSTICE OF THE PEACE) NOTTINGHAM UK.

COMPILED BY

MR. JOSHUA K KIPRUTO

.(On behalf of the A.I.C Cheptebo Rural Development Centre)

©2016

LEADERSHIP GOD’S WAY REPORT

Contents

Abstract ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 2

TRAINING DESCRIPTION  ..................................................................................................................................................................  2


DAY ONE   

Biblical Patterns of Leadership    ...........................................................................................................................................................3

A woman in leadership  .........................................................................................................................................................................4

Summary  ..............................................................................................................................................................................................4


DAY TWO

Practical approach to leadership  ..........................................................................................................................................................4

Making a real difference through leadership  ........................................................................................................................................6

Conclusion  ............................................................................................................................................................................................6


DAY THREE

Governance, Leadership and Service   ..................................................................................................................................................6

Governance .........................................................................................................................................................................................,, 6

Due Diligence  ........................................................................................................................................................................................7

Leadership and Service  .........................................................................................................................................................................7

Conclusion  .............................................................................................................................................................................................7


Summary  ...............................................................................................................................................................................................8



Abstract

Leadership Gods Way was a 3 day training event undertaken at the A.I.C Cheptebo Training and Conference centre in Kerio valley from 20th to 22nd June 2016. The main objective of the training was to have a biblical and practical approach to effective leadership and governance. It was facilitated by Mr. Len Miller from Nottingham UK. In view of the above objectives, the organization through the board and the management team selected participants of 23 leaders from various partners including the NGOs, Churches, local community and government representatives to attend in order to promote biblical patterns of leadership in various sectors of the society.


INTRODUCTION

A.I.C Cheptebo Rural Development Centre is a church based institution based in the Kerio valley in Keiyo south sub-County of Elgeyo Marakwet County. The Centre has a goal of promoting the gospel of Jesus Christ and enhancing the Kerio Valley community spiritually, socially and economically. As a result of the friendship between the centre and the friends abroad, the idea of leadership God’s way training came to being and the need to develop Christian leaders necessitated the training. Len Miller, a Christian leader and Magistrate based in UK and longstanding friend of AIC Cheptebo was invited to undertake a leadership training event and subsequently traveled from UK to facilitate this training. He is a former member of Nottinghamshire County Council Social Care Management Group, a Justice of the Peace and has extensive experience in supporting and enabling Christian ministries and organizations overseas. A.I.C Cheptebo Rural Development Centre fully sponsored the training by providing meals and accommodation for the participants, Len Miller met all his own expenses both in respect of travel and local costs whilst with us and freely contributed his time throughout the week, serving the Lord through this Training.

TRAINING DESCRIPTION

TRAINING on a biblical and practical approach to effective leadership management and governance training had four topics which were covered in three days, these are;

  • Biblical patterns of leadership( Models and tools)- Day one
  • Practical approach to leadership )Best Practices, Rules and emerging leaders) -Day two
  • Leadership and service- Day three
  • Lawful and accountable leadership-Day three

The training started with an introduction and outline, this was a session where the facilitator introduced the training and the objectives, participants were asked to state their hopes and expectations by the end of the training. They were also taken through a discussion on what each participant viewed leadership and the challenges or problems faced in leadership.

The second part of the training involved group discussion which involved pairing of participants in order for them to tell their stories on how they came to be in leadership and how they feel the same was a God’s divine directive to be in leadership. This was initiated by the trainer Mr. Len Miller in the context of ‘What’s your Story?’ who gave testimony of how his long career in social care and justice had been shaped by Gods love and direction in his life. It was a touching, personal and transformative story where Gods plans has taken him from being abandoned as a small child, a commitment in his teenage years to work for justice for the poor and vulnerable, followed by successful positions in public service and where he has been able to make an impact for God’s Glory, both in the UK and Overseas.

After this testimony was shared and the paired groups came back from their sharing moments, it was concluded that everyone had a story to tell about what God has done in their lives and what made them to be in leadership positions they are today.

Biblical patterns of leadership

The pattern of leadership topic was based from the scripture reading from 1 Chronicles 4:9. The story of Jabez who was honorable than his brothers, his story is a perfect example of a leaders story in which participants were asked to share their story too. The trainer urged leaders to be God centered in all that they are doing and to be led by the spirit of God so as to do great things through his strength. He also emphasized on the need of leaders being honest with integrity and being encouraged in order to encourage others.

Under the topic of leadership, the trainer introduced the leaders to the tools that Paul in the bible left for the leaders of today. (1Corinthians Chapters 1-4). The tools are summarized below.


  1. Seeing gifts in God’s imperfect people 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
  2. Unity verses Division: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17- avoiding disunity in our ministries
  3. Power in weakness and vulnerability: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
  4. Confidence in Christ – He is our rock: 1Corrinthians1: 26-2:5 + Phil 4:13
  5. Led by the Spirit – A work in progress!: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 + Eph 4:24
  6. The search for maturity. 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 + Col 3:6 + Phil 3:13- understanding that going it alone does not get the job done, delegation must be involved.
  7. Leading in ways that are truly lasting and effective. 1Corrintians 3:10-23
  8. Keeping a clear conscience. 1 Corinthians 4:1-7 Eccl 4:10, having the mind of Jesus within us always.
  9. Cultivating a gentle and humble spirit: 1 Corinthians 4: 8-21

A woman in Leadership

This sub-topic revolved around the story of a woman called Deborah in the bible (Judges 4:5-9) who was remarkable woman with amazing God given leadership gifts of being a Judge and the greatest leader of her time and the generation gained respect and recognition for forty years.

The process of leadership was discussed in this stage and the participants were taken through the process of leadership. The following were the key stages that are to be practices while leading others either in the work place or in the church;

  • Respecting yourself and those you work with
  • Exceeding the expectations of others
  • Standing firm on your convictions/ what you believe and value
  • Possessing personal sense of security and maturity
  • Expecting personal success
  • Contributing to the success and maturity of others who serve you
  • Thinking ahead of other people.

  • Summary:

There are great examples of exemplary leaders in the bible that we can follow their examples today, apart from Deborah discussed above, the others who portrayed respect in the bible include Joshua who led the children of Israel to the Promised Land. He was respected due to his ability to lead the nation of Israel and his God fearing qualities. Nehemiah also had passion to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Due to his excellent communication skills and ability to motivate the people, he was able to earn trust and respect and these enabled him to rebuild the city in just 52 days.

“God works through different men and women in different ways and for different purposes, but it is the same God who achieves His purposes through each one of them” 1 Corinthians 12:6.


DAY TWO: PRACTICAL APPROACH TO LEADERSHIP

The day started by a brief devotion and quick recap of the day one training and the lessons learnt.

Most of the participants were still remembering well the content and that led to the proceedings of the second day. Introduction on the topic was done by Mr. Len Miller and the participants were led through a discussion on the difference between leadership and management

Group discussion as a tool for engagement was used and four groups were set and tasked to come up with the definition of leadership and management. After the discussions, the final meanings were defined as follows:

LEADERSHIP- (About the person)

It is about getting other people to do things related to success and achievement by leading, key decision making and providing strategy analysis and direction.

MANAGEMENT (About the role)

It is the process of dealing with individuals and teams and finite resources for an outcome.

The participants were taken through the various leadership styles and how it is important to understand an individual’s leadership style and how it affects how and what we are.

Leadership styles refer to leader’s characteristic behaviors and the difference in terms of the results. The various leadership styles that were touched on are;

  • Transformational
  • Delegational- laissez faire
  • Authoritarian
  • Democratic

The above styles were discussed and leaders were advised to develop the right style for them in order to be effective leaders in their ministries. Some of the ways in which this can be delivered in order to become a better leader and how to implement them in daily working life include;

  1. Understanding your own individual style
  2. Encouraging creativity
  3. Serving as a role model
  4. Being passionate
  5. Listening and communicating effectively
  6. Having a positive attitude and spirit within oneself
  7. Encouraging others to take risks and get involved with ideas
  8. Leading by example
  9. Making a real difference through leadership

This sub-topic dealt with the managers as leaders. Since managing was previously defined as deciding what to do and getting it done through other people and leadership as a process that helps achieve set objectives, leadership was divided into three aspects called leadership grid. These are;

  • Managing people- these include recruitment of staff, supervision, communicating information and motivating the team
  • Managing activities and processes- examples of the processes include dealing with crisis, coordinating activities, organizing, planning, prioritizing and achieving.
  • Managing and developing self- it involves activities like clear day to day leadership, making decisions, prioritizing, influencing others and many other activities.

The above ways discussed during the lessons are the areas emerging leaders should practice in achieving objectives in Christian leadership. This should be promoted both in the churches and our ministries today. There are also some areas of need in the current leadership which were taught and they include tasks, individuals and group needs.

Conclusion

Titles like Director, manager, leader, or pastor does not determine your potential to lead but the spirit and passion with which you serve others will do.


DAY THREE:  GOVERNANCE, LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE GOVERNANCE

The day started with a daily devotion and participants were welcomed to the final training day. A quick recap for the previous day was done and the trainer went ahead to introduce the lessons for the day. The third day’s topics included leadership and service and lawful &accountable leadership.

The first activity was general discussion on governance where participants discussed the meaning of governance, after some discussion, the conclusion was agreed.

Governance is designed to promote the best practices at all levels within the operation and to ensure best outcomes and securing the best future and viability of the main business. It relies on good sound clear policies which comply with and absolutely ensure legal requirements are met.

Due diligence

The trainer being a legal practitioner emphasized the need of leaders following the law at all times and bearing in mind the requirements that governance needs to be followed, one which was discussed was the due diligence. This refers to the care that any reasonable person exercises to reduce risk of harm to other persons, their property or the business in general

The care that any reasonable person would assume would be taken to avoid undue risk to persons, property or business by avoiding of any unreasonable or reckless actions.

Leaders need to ensure that every reasonable step has been taken to ensure the right decision and outcomes which ensure full compliance with all legal requirements with their area of (assumed) level of responsibility to ensure Safe and effective lawful outcomes.


LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE

This topic was drawn from the perspective of Jesus Christ who appointed leaders in the church to various ministries, some were pastors, strategists, teachers, evangelists, and others are leaders in social gospel ministries like NGOs. The emphasis of this module was focussed on biblical patterns of ‘relational leadership’ and how leaders in service can be instruments for lasting and transforming change. The participants as leaders in various capacities were given various examples from the bible by the trainer. Leaders like Paul in the bible were able to manage conflicts arising in his ministry and he did it with humility and without going beyond his limits as a servant. Leaders were therefore encouraged to emulate the same and practice in their areas of influence. Other examples were also found in the book of Jude, it teaches about being relational leaders and being dependent on God in order to balance leadership for survival. Leadership is about relationship that makes a difference and Jude in the bible insisted on three key leadership characteristics which are mercy, peace and love. The topic was concluded with five principles of leadership and these are;

Leadership is about

  • Influence and service
  • Vision and Hope
  • Character and Trust
  • Relationships and power
  • Dependency and accountability

  • Conclusion

From the above lessons, leaders were urged to have visions with a difference and to build relationships that bring out servant leadership within oneself. The best examples are given from the leaders in the bible and as a reminder; the heart of our responsibilities as leaders is that of service to others, to the kingdom, to the church and to oneself. As Jesus said go and do likewise, we should practice servant Leadership as a lesson from Christ Jesus our Lord.

Summary:

The leadership God’s way ended after three days and the participants were awarded with certificates of participation signed by the trainer Mr. Len Miller and the Centre Director of the host organization (A.I.C Cheptebo Rural development centre) Mr. Joseph Kimeli (APPENDIX 2). Participants recommended that training be conducted after a further year and to be expanded to be more inclusive of a wider range of institutions and participants in order to promote biblical principles in leadership and governance. Len Miller looked forward to a return visit to provide further management training for the glory and honor of God. The deputy Bishop Rev Luka Maiyo on behalf of the participants thanked Mr. Len Miller for the great work he did in training the team and assured that they will use the same in their ministries for the glory of God. He also appreciated AIC Cheptebo for sponsoring the training.

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