Renewing the Reformed Church in America depends in large part on developing the denominational staff, says the director of transformational engagement.
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Maria Liu Wong, dean of City Seminary, works on a project outside the City Seminary gallery in New York City. Artists wrap objects with crocheted and knitted patches -- a method called "yarn bombing." The yarn-bombed trees are dedicated to Manuel “Manny” Ortiz, a mentor of the author. Photo by Daniel John/CSNY
His longtime friend Manuel “Manny” Ortiz showed the director of City Seminary of New York the importance of not just leadership but friendship for the future of the urban church.
In this photo from the cover of "God's Internationalists," children run around their school building in a Tanzanian World Vision Area Development Program.
In the first comprehensive study of the history of World Vision, the author of “God’s Internationalists” says that organizations should be ready to listen, change and come together as the world around them changes.
Serving as the second chair can sometimes devolve into micromanaging, but an AME minister employs three practices to help carry out a clear, consistent vision for her church.
In trustworthy institutions, expectations and processes are clear, and decision-making is transparent. iStock / H_Vector
Predictability and transparency help people know how to do their work and why decisions have been made. And they set the stage to create a sense of agency, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Team members did more than just win the World Cup; they had the audacity to demand equal pay for women. This should include women in the church, writes the director of the Thriving in Ministry Coordination Program at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
When churches struggle to change their habits, stopping everything can open a way forward, says a church planter and pastor.
Inquiry and curiosity are at the core of an approach to evaluation that changes the tone and character of the questions we ask. iStock / Golubovy
Effective evaluation is about learning from one’s work, not judgment. It is a process that must be in place from the beginning of a project and be done in community, writes the director of the Evaluation & Communication Project at the Center for Congregations.
Gregory C. Ellison II: 'It's good to see you. Welcome to Fearless Dialogues. Are you ready for change?'
Seeing and hearing those who have been overlooked is a primary task of leadership and a prerequisite for sustainable change, says a Candler School of Theology professor. His nonprofit, Fearless Dialogues, helps unlikely partners engage in hard conversations.
Good administration provides predictability -- a clear purpose and guardrails that mark the outer limits of what is permissible -- while also empowering employees to choose a path or suggest a new trail, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Our desks become heavy-laden with papers and notes when we don’t understand our institutions’ priorities. As we begin a new year, it’s time to discern what’s important.
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