One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
— Mark 12:28-31
Often when people hear the words “church leadership,” they cringe, thinking of endless, dry committee meetings, or lengthy debates on the status of the already-two-months-late budget. But that’s really not what leadership is meant to be! In this free 3-week study, we’ll use the above passage from Mark’s gospel as a guide for our discussion, as together we explore how we can experience leadership in a way that fills us with joy!
The guide is divided into three weekly sections, with six daily pages. If you want to take more time — extending your walk through the guide — feel free to ignore those “week / day” designations. This is meant to be an enjoyable experience, not a stressful one!
Likewise, if you are so excited that you want to rush through, then go for it! Each week’s information is broken down into bite-size pieces that will take about 10 minutes each day.
THINGS YOU MIGHT NEED
The scriptures used throughout will be from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. You may want to have another translation (or two! or three!) handy, to see the ways the verses have been rendered in each. You’ll sometimes find differences between versions that can be quite interesting, as translators were forced to choose between several possible English meanings of a Hebrew or Greek phrase. You may also consider investing in a good study Bible with footnotes!
On each page, there are places for you to take notes or jot down thoughts or questions that occur to you. So make sure to have a pen or pencil handy.
And, finally, as you go through the study, if you find you have questions or concerns, don’t hesistate to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
So… Are you ready to jump in?
Then let’s go!
You can download the entire study guide as a pdf by clicking here: Love Understand Serve Guide.
Or you can download the individual pages as you go. Just click on the week below, and then the day.