How do I demonstrate Competency 1? “Develop a basic understanding of leadership in the Early Church with all of its complexities, focusing specifically on the work of ministers of the gospel and that of elders and deacons and how their work is complementary in nature.”
- You may use any evidence you have to demonstrate this or any competency.
- Most students will use material drawn from their work in Units 1, 2, and 3. A critical concept is shaped by Unit 1, Issue 3, Project 1. The range of leader types described in the New Testament sometimes creates confusion, however, the leaders fall into two basic groups. One group had local responsibility for the shepherding of a church while seeking to contribute to global expansion. The other group was responsible for driving the multiplication of churches globally while contributing to the strength of churches locally. Ralph Winter’s article, “The Two Structures of Redemptive Mission” uses the terms modality (local) and sodality (global) to describe these respective spheres of ministry. Building on this fundamental New Testament picture, you will develop material throughout Unit 2 which that captures the role and responsibility of sodality leaders (we use the term Ministers of the Gospel to describe them). This culminates in a mini-theology of Pauline teams as your work for Unit 2, Issue 4, Project 1. Throughout Unit 3, you will develop material that captures the roles and responsibility of modality leaders, elders and deacons. In Unit 3, Issue 4, Project 1 you add your completed work on elders and deacons to the previous mini-theology on Pauline Teams, making sure to discuss how the two leadership spheres relate to each other. Some version of this cumulative project is often used to address the first competency.