Date(s) - June 25, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Regent College (Room 100)
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Dr. Andy Rowell will be presenting a lunchtime lecture helping us learn “How to Think about Church Leadership.” Bring your lunch and join us for this engaging talk.
An emphasis on leadership in the church has caused a host of problems, with prominent leaders leaving a path of destruction in their wake. However, there is a place for leadership if it is understood correctly. Counter-intuitively, this is not primarily understood by looking at the threefold pattern of bishop, presbyter and deacon. Nor is understanding the church as the place where “the Gospel is rightly taught and the Sacraments are rightly administered” a reliable method of determining what a church leader should do. In this lecture, Dr. Rowell argues that the key to understanding church leadership is understanding the purpose of the church. Also, it is important to take into account the role of the apostle in the New Testament. Dr. Rowell’s argument is primarily biblical and theological but also draws upon leadership literature for terminology. Dr. Rowell’s talk reflects on his training at Regent College, including the emphasis on equipping the laity, Eugene Peterson’s understanding of pastoring, and Gordon Fee’s reflections on New Testament church leadership.
Dr. Andy Rowell is Assistant Professor of Ministry Leadership at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He graduated with his MDiv from Regent College in 2002. His dissertation at Duke Divinity School was entitled “The History of Interpretation of Karl Barth’s Ecclesiology from 1927 to 2015.” He regularly teaches Discipleship in Community, Missional Outreach and Evangelism, and Organizational Leadership and Church Governance at Bethel Seminary.