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The goal of this project is to develop an effective leadership-training program, partly through the use of a training manual for pastors and lay leaders within the Association of Churches in Thailand Bangkok (ACTB). This ministry focus paper will start with an examination of the context of Thai leadership development. There are historical, cultural and missiological factors that affect the growth of the Church in Thailand, particularly in Bangkok. Many young pastors left their churches due to discouragement and inability to overcome some barriers. Deeper reasons for attrition include lack of discipleship, consistent input, mentoring and peer-support.

Further reflection on theology of leadership reveals that in order for leaders to have a long and fruitful ministry, there must be a balance between dependency upon God and personal growth. Integration between inner transformation and missional outlook is crucial to vitality. Effective Thai leaders are also contextually sensitive and biblically grounded. A reexamination of how Jesus and the Apostles trained leaders is certainly applicable for the Thai context.

Having a training manual itself is not the main goal. Leadership seminars should not be merely content driven, but aim to bring together a cohort of leaders that can foster friendship and support for one another. Ministry coaching should also be implemented outside of classroom settings. The manual can be a tool to stimulate personal leadership growth, multiplication and development of leadership cohesiveness within the ACTB. It contains twelve lessons on biblical leadership, and is written specifically with a Thai church audience in mind. The manual will be translated into Thai and checked by native speakers for accuracy.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Johnson, Carolyn

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Thai, Leadership, Thailand


Christianity | Missions and World Christianity


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