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.
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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.
How can we identify and equip lay and ordained leaders for future roles in Christian organizations and institutions? Are we willing to even discuss succession planning?
These school children in Honduras are among the 3.5 million people in 55 countries who now have safe water thanks to Water Mission. Photos courtesy of Water Mission
Water Mission had the engineering expertise to become a leader in installing water systems in developing countries around the globe. But just as important, the nonprofit realized, was an active focus on its core values and workplace culture.
It’s easy to see how teaching, scholarship, preaching, counseling and other activities are the work of ministry. But it may be harder to understand how being an administrator in a Christian institution is also the work of the gospel, says Donald Senior, president emeritus of Catholic Theological Union and the author of a book on the subject.
As our clergy population ages, younger ministers are stepping into senior roles at big-steeple churches. How must we mentor and form them so they will thrive?
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