Leadership development in Christian institutions

The challenges facing Christian institutions today require innovative solutions in all aspects of the work. Senior leaders must cultivate the conditions for the work to flourish, which means nurturing talent across levels and roles. This series from Faith & Leadership will help you navigate the issues of leadership development.

Dave Odom: Why focus on developing your staff as leaders?
In this reflection, the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity articulates Leadership Education’s work, which is to encourage leadership development efforts within the larger, theological vision of cultivating thriving communities that are signs of God’s reign.

Investing in staff in a time of change
Leadership development at the Reformed Church in America rests on the belief that its staff should prepare -- often, through non-technical training that encourages broad, creative thinking -- for a future that only God knows.

Ken Eriks: Staff is a rich resource that God has entrusted to us
Renewing the Reformed Church in America depends in large part on developing the denominational staff, says the director of transformational engagement.

Laura E. Everett: Low-budget leadership development
How do you develop leaders in your organization without funding? The executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches offers 10 ideas for leadership development on a shoestring.

Suzii Paynter: Training young people to lead in a Christian organization
The top executive at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship uses her organization’s strategic plan to build a team of young leaders at CBF headquarters.

Pete Gerend: Leaders must live with uncertainty
Today’s leaders have to cope with a changing world, according to “Leading in Context,” a study by Duke Corporate Education. That’s why they need to develop beliefs and mindsets that allow them to respond to shifting environments, says Duke CE’s managing director for North America.

Justine Strand de Oliveira: Relationships are the most important aspect of leadership
After a career working in a variety of roles and settings, a leader in the physician assistant field says that understanding people is central to leadership development.