One of the most natural environments where community takes place is the park. When you think of a park, you imagine people gathering around barbecue grills, throwing frisbees, and enjoying activities together. Our “park environments” are where we have the opportunity to engage the brokenness of the world and share the hope of Jesus. These settings revolve around shared interests and meeting needs in our vicinity and beyond. These are often where Grace Chapel makes its first impressions with the community through service projects, school partnerships, neighborhood events, foster parent outreaches, or social events.
It seems that when you want to spend time getting to know someone in a comfortable environment, you end up in a local coffee shop. Coffee shops are a place where ideas are exchanged. Our “coffee shop environments” are spaces that help us discover more about who God is, who we are, and how we live for Him in this world. These settings revolve around shared curiosity for going deeper with God. At Grace our coffee shop gatherings take the form of weekend services, men’s events, women’s events, youth events, conferences, and equipping sessions.
Imagine spending quality time over the course of several visits to the coffee shop. Before you know it, you’re inviting your new friends to come over to your house. When they arrive you invite them into your living room. The Living Room is where we have the opportunity to process what we have discovered about God and ourselves in a more intimate context where everyone feels a sense of belonging. These settings are our small groups that meet in homes and smaller rooms across the city and region.
Authentic leadership is about a “grace oriented” and “fail forward” strategy which recognizes that leaders are developing while they are in the process of leading others. Authentic leadership is about vulnerability and leading out of our brokenness not just our strengths. Authentic leaders are open and transparent about their own journey and impact through personal influence rather than positional power. Not only does authentic leadership seek to have an impact where lives are being transformed, but it embraces the goal that the leader is being transformed in the process as well.
Spirit filled leading is the opposite of “Me-Filled” leadership. Each of us possesses our own uniqueness in abilities, experiences, personalities, and passions. Even though each of these personal elements are expressed through our leadership styles, Spirit filled leadership is not driven by these. Spirit filled leadership is about leading out of the a deep connection with the Holy Spirit and walking in step with His leading, anointing, gifting, and empowerment. The key to effective public leadership is a genuine private walk with God through His Spirit. Spirit filled culture is about operating in the power and authority of believers to carry on the mission of Jesus to do supernatural works.
Jesus centric leadership is about experiencing and expressing the essence of Jesus through our leadership. It defines the motive of leadership by keeping Jesus the central focus of our ambitions. Jesus centric leadership models itself after the example of Jesus and who he was as a leader. At the core of his leadership style Jesus was a servant and demonstrated that leadership is a selfless action. One of the key marks of a good leader is that they seek serving others over self-interest. A Jesus centric leader seeks to leverage their influence and position to express the essence of Jesus and inspire others to follow him.
At the heart of disciple making is the pursuit of others. As we pursue others we start with evangelism and then lead them to become mature spirit-filled followers of Jesus. Disciple making is relational, intentional, and transformational. It’s about inviting others into relationship while investing in them and inspiring them to live out their calling and maturity in Jesus. Disciple making is a process, giving people the room to grow through grace and love without expecting perfection overnight.
Empowering leadership is about a pipeline of leadership that raises up and releases others into their calling. A culture of multiplying leaders requires a process that has the goal of releasing the gifting, passion and calling of others with authority. This process includes the aspects of identifying, inviting, modeling, equipping, coaching, and sending.
Values-based leadership is based on the notion that personal and organizational values should be aligned. Value based leadership is leading others by staying true to the shared values in your own life. It means to lead others by remaining consistent with the values of the organization and the values aligned in our personal lives. When values are not consistent in our lives they are merely good intentions. We prefer to use the word “Rhythms” for values implying they will be lived consistently as a daily part of our lives.
Team leadership is the recognition that nothing of significance is created alone. All great work is the result of a group of people working together towards a common goal. Team leadership is about engaging the hearts and minds of others in the pursuit of a shared vision. It creates the space for everyone to contribute according to their own unique strengths and talents. Team leadership demands collaboration, creativity and innovation in how the team works towards achieving their goals. Team leadership is also a matter of spiritual stewardship and seeks to embrace and leverage individual assets for the betterment of the whole.