LeaderSource's strategy begins with research and development of "models" ‒ the conceptual frameworks that show the Bible's standard for leadership, servant leadership, healthy leaders, practices of exemplary leaders, leader development, generational succession of leadership, and leading change, etc. On the basis of these models, LeaderSource prepares resources, conducts learning events, and engages in individual consulting and coaching to empower three groups of people to teach the model to indigenous leaders. These are:
- LeaderSource teaching staff: team members who travel to the nations and engage with key leaders.
- LeaderSource indigenous staff: team members who are using the ConneXions Model in their own context and who have the calling and capacity to share it with other leaders in their own nations and regions.
- Associates: selected pastors and leaders from around the world who have extensive leadership experience as well as the capacity to teach the ConneXions Model to leaders and help them to apply the principles in their own leader development work.
These LeaderSource team members work with indigenous leaders in the following ways:
- They build them in their own spiritual lives, biblical understanding, marriages, families and ministries.
- They explore with them the core biblical principles of leader development. This is quite different from imposing a particular curriculum or preplanned leader development "package" on the indigenous leaders. Instead, this involves working with them conceptually to enable them to internalize the fundamental biblical principles of leader development.
- They coach them on an ongoing basis as they form and implement their own designs in their own environments.
- They resource them with leader development tools, printed materials, examples and case studies of effective leader development in a variety of contexts, and other pertinent resources.
- They help them network with leaders from other groups and church planting movements, with whom they interact regarding leader development.
- Ultimately, the indigenous leaders will define their own foundational models of Christian leadership and leader development, appropriate to their own cultures and communities. This is the ultimate expression of indigenization and contextualization - when the indigenous leaders define their own foundational models of leader development.
This high level of indigenous ownership and depth of true contextualization are two unique characteristics of LeaderSource's strategy.
For more on our strategy of Indigenous Leader Development, please see our white paper on this subject