DLGP

Doctor of Leadership in Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

Big Fish…Little Glass Bowl

By: on April 11, 2024

I have mentioned in the past that I am a PK, my grandpa was a pastor, my uncle was a pastor, my brother-in-law is a pastor and sister a pastor now, my husband and I were pastors.  I have put a lot of thought into pastoral families, and while reading J.R. Woodward’s book The Scandal…

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This Is My Desire

By: on April 11, 2024

I am proposing that the only way to overcome the Powers is through imitation of Christ, in particular his desires, which always leads to how we act. -J.R. Woodward-   Scandals in the leadership of clergy in the church are a phenomenon that has existed for centuries and occur in any part of the world…

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The Image In My Head and Heart

By: on April 11, 2024

I’m currently in Washington, DC attending an educational workshop at the Holocaust Museum to foster healthier Christian-Jewish relationships, biblical teaching, and interfaith dialogue. My group has around seventeen members and consists of Jewish rabbis, pastors, priests, seminary students, lay people, and chaplains from around the United States. The first thing we are required to do…

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“The Scandal of Leadership”

By: on April 11, 2024

“If the light inside you is not greater than the light upon you, the light upon you will destroy you.” – Scott Dickie’s mentor. The above quote is an excellent summarization of the book, The Scandal of Leadership by JR Woodward. I will soon tell you why the quote resonates with the book, but first,…

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Where Do I Find My Identity?

By: on April 11, 2024

The Church has potential to be a breeding ground for domineering leadership. Open up your news app and you’re sure to see yet another story of a church leader’s downfall. But this is not just a current problem. According to J.R. Woodard, in his book, The Scandal of Leadership, it is a historical issue, as…

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It Matters Who You Follow

By: on April 10, 2024

Christian leaders that consciously or unconsciously follow the leadership patterns of the world (which are animated by the unseen Powers) will inevitably wield power in unhealthy and destructive ways. Christian leaders that model their leadership after Christ will humbly serve and ensure others flourish. That, essentially, is the core message of Jr Woodward’s, The Scandal…

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The Struggle for Power

By: on April 9, 2024

Having grown up in church circles and having been in ministry since my mid-20s, I had never experienced domineering leadership until I viewed a church that a relative attended from a distance. There was high energy and much emphasis on winning the lost. The pastor preached with enthusiasm and passion. However, as time continued, some…

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Ditch the Ring

By: on April 9, 2024

“Will we become a scandal to those who look to us as leaders, or will we choose to imitate the scandalous way of Christ?  If Christian leadership is primarily about being Christ-like examples, it is imperative that we understand how the Powers seek to undermine us as leaders, as well as examine the lives and…

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The “Christian” Thing to do!

By: on April 9, 2024

Years ago, as I began preparing to leave Jakarta to move to South Sulawesi, an Indonesia friend and member of our church told me she had been watching me. I panicked a little, wondering what she observed. I secretly prayed it was something good. I was keenly aware that my every move was a curiosity…

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Invisible Vulnerability

By: on April 9, 2024

“It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church: we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares: they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where…

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Humility and Honesty…Leadership Goals!

By: on April 9, 2024

“God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” [1] What an interesting time to read a book about the scandal of leadership. I have been thinking a lot about flaws, challenges, and failures of leadership in recent weeks. Admittedly, it has been a tough year for me. Leading an organization in transition for…

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Pale kaua no ko lākou mau ʻuhane – Armor for their Souls

By: on April 9, 2024

Pale kaua no ko lākou mau ʻuhane – Armor for their Souls, in Hawaiian Introduction Part 1 – What others are saying Part 2 – What I learned from the U.S. Army and Woodward Epilogue – Armor for the Soul   Introduction By unmasking the Powers of domination (Satan and his principalities), J. R. Woodward,…

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We are what we imitate

By: on April 8, 2024

A quick google search of science and mimicry turns up countless articles on the subject. There are examples of mimicry in nature all around us. In humans, copying facial expressions is even considered a milestone of infant development.[1] Clearly, we are creatures designed to imitate something. Furthermore, we know tacitly that we imitate that which…

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Beat the System

By: on April 8, 2024

The legendary Christian Rock band PETRA recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. They were formed in 1972 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which is pretty close to when and where I was formed: 1971 in Osceola, Wisconsin. In 1981, at the age of 10, I was introduced to PETRA, with the vinyl of Never Say Die. NEVER…

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Duffy, Gallup, and Woodward on Church Leadership

By: on April 8, 2024

Church leadership in the West has had a rocky road in recent years. Bobby Duffy and clergy trust In the UK, trust in clergy has been on the decline. Public policy researcher Bobby Duffy actually noted this before the pandemic in his book Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything, during a time when many other…

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Scandalous, the musical.

By: on April 8, 2024

In November 2012 a new Broadway Musical debuted in the Neil Simon Theater in New York. The production, called “Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson”, lasted for 29 regular performances before it closed that December. It’s not at all surprising that there was a musical written about the vivacious founder of The…

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Moving Towards What We Love

By: on April 8, 2024

In today’s reality, there is an epidemic of church leadership failures-to the point where it has almost become the expectation rather than the exception. In this current climate, J.R. Woodward steps in with his Scandal of Leadership: Unmasking the Powers of Domination in the Church[1] with the intention of compelling church leaders to intentionally adopt…

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The Secrets the Dead Whisper in my Ear…

By: on April 8, 2024

A Good Kill?  A Good Death? They are connected and cannot be severed in my mind.  A Bad Kill, a good death? A good kill, a bad death?  It seems to me that Just war is in the nuance of those connections. For myself sitting in my lovely home, writing a doctoral blog on an…

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Embracing Love and Justice

By: on April 5, 2024

“It is only through love that a warfighter can flourish as a warfighter qua just warfighter” -Marc LiVecche-   Some Christians have an understanding of original sin, the sin resulting from acts of violation of God’s commands committed by the first human parents, Adam and Eve, as something that has a destructive impact, not only…

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Moral Injury Healing: Not a Mission Impossible

By: on April 4, 2024

Monday, July 12, 2021, my new client showed up to his first session and the first words out of his mouth were, “I heard you can help people heal from the devastating impact of trauma. I am going to tell you things I have never told anyone. After you hear my shitful story, I am…

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