Leadership

len on December 9th, 2016

When everything that can be shaken is being shaken, we look to traditional authority structures and authority figures to pull us through. Unfortunately, traditional authority is not up to the task. Frequently they are isolated in mini-worlds that have insulated and protected them from change. They have stopped “listening.” In other cases, they defend the […]

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len on August 17th, 2016

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len on August 17th, 2016

Gordon Cosby and the Church of the Savior in Washington, DC, have influence far beyond their size. Since the birth of the community in the 1950s, it was “missional-incarnational” before anyone was coining the terms. In Call to Commitment, a book penned in the 60s by Elizabeth O’Connor, Cosby is cited in describing six qualities […]

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len on July 26th, 2016

I’ve been invited to teach the Missional Leadership course in Auckland this summer. These are some of the books going into preparation.Obviously, we’ll have to define some of the critical components: culture, leadership, missio Dei. But beyond that, the critical factors are formation, discernment and innovation. And this means that identity and imagination are the […]

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len on March 4th, 2016

On the way home from getting my muffler renewed on the old Impala, I was reviewing some work I am doing on leadership paradigms. Paradigms, models, mental maps, frames — these taxonomies are all ways of making sense, or organizing in a way that illuminates. That’s what language does for us. But like all things, […]

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len on February 22nd, 2016

Leaders should not seek power or status; people will not then crave power or status. If scarce goods are not valued highly, people will have no need to steal them. If there is nothing available to arouse passion, people will remain content and satisfied. The truly wise do lead by instilling humility and open-mindedness, by […]

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len on September 5th, 2015

Another great article by S. African scholar Nelus Niemandt — ” The research investigates the role of leadership in the transformation of denominational structures towards a missional ecclesiology, and focuses on the Highveld Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church. It describes the missional journey of the denomination, and interprets the transformation. The theory of ‘complex […]

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len on June 8th, 2015

In Introducing the Missional Church Roxburgh and Boren describe the early stages in shifting a church culture as “experimenting into change.” They warn first of risk aversion. What shapes a risk averse culture? 1. some of the theologies of conversion push toward perfectionism 2. a culture of professionalism pushes us toward a need for control […]

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len on February 28th, 2015

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