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DMin, Leadership and Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

Western or Easter Orthopraxy? (Late submission of Chan)

on July 5, 2018

The Western or Eastern Orthopraxy? Simon Chan’s text is most powerful because of its subtitle – ‘Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up’. Too often the Church has erred because theology has been foisted upon believers from the top down frequently leading to burdensome orthopraxis much like that of the Pharisees with whom Jesus had…

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Organizational potential

on June 30, 2018

The International school that my children attend is an example of disfunction. It has one main administrator that has to have her hands in all areas of the school. This type of micromanagement has been taught to the other 2 principals as well. For the last 2 years my wife has worked at this location…

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Deep Change or Slow Death…The choice is yours.

on June 29, 2018

As I started reading Robert Quinn’s Deep Change Field Guide I could not help but see my dissertation problem looking up at me from the pages. Quinn is a business consultant at The University of Michigan Ross School of Business. As such he works with large corporations who are in desperate need of real change in their…

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I Try Not EVER To Be Naked In The Land Of Uncertainty

on June 28, 2018

What a book to end DMin year one on! Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within by Robert Quinn was a great one to go out on. Our year has been full of TREMENDOUS books, and this one was no sleeper. My title is of course a little off center, but realistically, I try not to…

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I knew it!

on June 28, 2018

I have to admit Robert Quinn’s text, Deep Change Field Guide, feels like it was written by and for social workers. As I skimmed the book and read reviews, it occurred to me that Deep Change is, at its core, a mix of cognitive behavioral theory, motivational interviewing, self-reflection, reframing and ultimately reinforces my favorite…

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Pause

on June 28, 2018

Deep Change by Robert E. Quinn is a phenomenal find and an excellent book to end our semester on. Although I was confused at first about why we were asked to purchase the field guide instead of the regular book, I quickly found out why. There is so much more here than just a regular…

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Deep Change for Missionaries

on June 28, 2018

Missionaries must be prepared for deep change, and while it is not written from a Christian perspective, Robert E; Quinn’s Deep Change Field Guide: A Personal Course to Discovering the Leader Within offers advice that must be heeded by those who wish to develop fruitful cross-cultural ministries. As I research missionary effectiveness and sustainability in…

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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

on June 28, 2018

Quinn – Deep Change Field Guide It was in seminary at Princeton when I read Quinn’s book, Deep Change. It was a course on learning to do empirical research for the purpose of transforming an organization. Quinn’s thinking is not unlike that of Edwin Friedman, Ronald Heifetz, and Peter Steinke. Very similar to the idea…

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Be Careful…Walk on the left side

on June 28, 2018

I could not think of a better book to wrap up the hectic semester I have had…I almost wrote summer, but my summer is far from over. I must say, this has been the most challenging and difficult year I have ever had…without a doubt. In the past year and the next three months, this…

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Walking naked into uncertainty

on June 28, 2018

As this first year of our DMin studies concludes, I’m grateful to end with reflections on Robert Quinn’s Deep Change Field Guide as a bridge to moving forward with understanding ministry leadership in our globalized settings. Ministry practitioners such as those of us in this cohort must grapple with a world that is convulsing with…

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I’m Proud to Be A Missionary

on June 28, 2018

I am a missionary. Through the years, many people have asked me—what exactly does a missionary do? Some ask for information purposes others are curious and still others, well let’s just say they can be somewhat less friendly. With the book Boxes and Saints in mind, here is my response.  At the core of my…

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Boxers & Saints: Homestretch Haikus

on June 28, 2018

  Boxers[1] Bean garden revenge Op’ra gods fear foreign devils Storied people lost.           Saints[2] Named but confused faith St Joan guides and inspires her Sacrificed, she saves.         Epilogue More than religion Into church come thieves, murd’rs To West-branded faith.     [1] Gene Luen Yang, Boxers…

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The Problems with Deep Change

on June 27, 2018

The Deep Change Field Guide by Robert Quinn seeks to encourage readers that genuine change is possible and that all are capable of eliciting real and deep change. There are only two main problems with this thought 1. Deep and 2. Change. Few people really enjoy doing things deeply as it’s frequently painful. Cleaning a…

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Those Who Love

on June 27, 2018

Once upon a time a boxer and a saint fight screams! Death to the saint.   Fires rage, saints die boxers rage more war with saints seas of blood run wide.   Saints love orphans well. Boxers kill the ones who love. Who is left to love?   A country mourns deep as the ones…

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HEROES – COMIC STRIP CHARACTERS

on June 27, 2018

   Most children want to be superheroes. During my childhood, we had Superman, Batman, Underdog, and Wonder Woman. Young boys were tying a towel around their neck jumping off of chairs or out of windows to immolate flying. For Batman, it was making the sound “Dudududududududu Batman!” with their sidekick Robin. And of course, Underdog!…

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Boxers and Saints – Death to Life

on June 27, 2018

For China?! What is China but a people and their stories?[1]            Mei-wen to Bao   Gene Luen Yang, a practicing Roman Catholic grew up in a Chinese American Catholic community in the Bay Area. He felt that Christianity and Chinese culture seemed to go hand-in-hand. His Chinese neighborhood served as…

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My Deep Change

on June 26, 2018

As I read the Deep Change book by Robert Quinn, I found a few powerful quotes that directly apply to a “deep change” that took place in my life a number of years ago. I feel it would most beneficial to me, and hopefully you, for me to tell my story in light of each…

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The Gospel According to Vibiana

on June 26, 2018

China has a long history with Christianity.  With written records going back over 4,000 years, it is one of the great ancient civilizations that is still in existence.   Missionaries love to point out that the written Chinese language consists of word pictures (think hieroglyphics).  Some of these word pictures mimic stories in the book…

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