When Christian leaders learn to hold grace and accountability in creative tension, the foundation is laid for responses that are truly transformative, writes a seminary professor.
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Lean Lab events focus on asking questions and coming up with solutions from people at the bottom of the flowchart, an approach that has helped open up a large institution to new ideas.
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By encouraging innovation, The Lean Lab shows that change is possible even in large institutions. The nonprofit is creating an interdisciplinary community among people who often feel isolated and expected to do the impossible.
Social entrepreneurs have to understand the world they want to change. To do this, they must abhor the ills of the status quo and appreciate the system that produces them, writes a managing director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
As the church becomes pushed to the margins of society, it gains remarkable freedom, the senior minister of The Riverside Church says in this interview. If we have the courage to live into the gospel, who knows what could happen?
Some people will romanticize the past and grieve what they perceive as real losses when things change. Leaders should talk about the good coming from the change to maintain alignment, momentum and focus.
Sometimes institutional leaders are focused on survival. These questions can help shift thinking toward thriving, even in a climate of scarcity.