The leadership of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) defies and defines Weber’s routinization of charisma. By re-charismatization, it has created a followership that numbers in millions. At least sixty percent of this followership is young adults under the age of thirty-one years. This dissertation investigates how to integrate these young people into the leadership of the church. It looks into strategic models for the church to use mentoring as a means of developing a new layer of leadership.
Section 1 discusses leadership streams and styles with a focus on the traditionalists and their strong voice for foundationalism; it also discusses the African emergent leaders and the eruptive effects they have on the systems. It harmonizes these voices using appreciative inquiry. Section 2 looks at the impact of history and culture, the worldview of the founding and core leaders within the church system, and the nature of the leadership challenge faced by RCCG. Section 3 looks at various thinkers and their perspective on leadership, while Section 4 looks at the theology that facilitates a drive for change. Section 5 identifies the research method used. It is a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. It also defines the group dynamics and analyzes the responses of 153 young adults and seven core leaders in the RCCG systems. This dissertation identifies meta-languages and develops a computer assisted isolation of important mentoring words. This dissertation identifies 554 words from seven reflective discussions on mentoring. Section 6 discusses the media project and Section 7 discusses lessons learned and next steps.