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

Who Defends the Leader?

By: on April 19, 2021

Simon Walker, in his Undefended Leader Trilogy, argues that being an undefended leader is about leading out of the freedom of having nothing to lose. Ed Friedman, in A Failure of Nerve, defines the well-differentiated leader as the one who is so clear on her sense of self and goals as well as on her…

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The Kenotic Leader

By: on April 19, 2021

Within Christian theology, the concept of kenosis refers to Jesus’s self-emptying of His divine nature and His own will to be fully receptive to the will of God. It is a choice; it is not that His nature or will was forcibly stripped away, but rather He willingly gave of Himself so that the will…

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An Undefended Leader Emerges from a Pandemic

By: on April 19, 2021

I am what you might call a recovering “controlaholic.” I have spent my career in ministry either in church planting or “strategic turnaround” settings (churches with high potential that have either underperformed or have become stuck.) These assignments have been exciting for me personally, as I like to diagnose problems, explore solutions, and work toward…

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Create Your Way Into a New Type of Creativity

By: on April 19, 2021

As I interact with ministries and faith leaders, I often hear the word “stuck” or a synonym. As these leaders tease out their discontent for the status quo and dream aloud a bit about their hopes for the future, they inevitably express a desire for something “new” or “fresh.” In his leadership reflections, Simon Walker…

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dusty

By: on April 16, 2021

A leader who has surrendered their dependence to God is one who is released (untethered), lives undefended and free. Affliction can change and break this enlightened orientation. God, help those who love You and have set their hearts on You. Of this kind of leadership, that is one that has ‘let-go’ and fallen for higher…

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Self-Emptying and the Art of Letting Go

By: on April 13, 2021

The eighth and final strategy of leadership Simon Walker examines in “The Undefended Leader” is called “Self-Emptying.” He lifts up Jesus Christ as the model example of this style. A self-emptying strategy is back stage and attentive, one in which a person is willing to give up power as a deliberate act, trusting that the…

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Undefended: Having Skin in the Game

By: on April 12, 2021

Simon Walker, in his section on the self-emptying strategy, explores power in weakness. For many people in history, Jesus – from a social perspective – was a victim of injustice by the false charges of envious leaders. Christianity would argue that Christ’s death was no accident, it was done willingly. Jesus would show his followers…

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On Leading Despite the Threat of Death

By: on April 12, 2021

In Luke 3:1-3, we learn of a time when the word of God came to a nobody…a locust-eating, camel-hair-wearing hermit in the middle of nowhere. The word was “Repent.” But repent from what? …from idolatrous religion that centered performance and piety over love? …from ethnocentrism that elevated some at the expense of others? And why…

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Life from Death’s Baptismal Waters

By: on April 12, 2021

There she sat on a bar stool next to a small café table lights bright room quiet except for her breath shared through words   I don’t remember what she preached The passage slips my mind   But the room was full The eyes of the women in attendance were fixed Mesmerized   I think…

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All Eyes on You

By: on April 11, 2021

At the end of Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers gives up his role as Captain America and officially goes into retirement. In a symbolic passing of the torch, he gives Sam Wilson – Falcon – his trademark shield. Since his creation as Captain America, Steve Rogers has served as the symbol of American values within…

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Hospitality as Essential to Innovation

By: on April 11, 2021

I had walked by, in, and through nearly every building on campus, but finally one day I noticed a carved pineapple built into the architecture of one of the buildings. After inquiries, I finally found out its meaning. “That’s the international symbol for hospitality,” one student told me with a smile. Hospitality… now there’s a…

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shinrin-yoku

By: on April 11, 2021

The leader carries a lot of responsibility. Most of the time, more than enough for just one person. Simon Walker refers to different kinds of leadership, based on personality, and their various approaches to public involvement and behind-the-scenes integrity. He writes that the ‘good leader is in command of the overall theatre of his organization,…

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Anonymous.

By: on April 8, 2021

Power. It’s a remarkable force. In the word of The Lord of the Rings character, Gollum, power tends to be that “Precious” entity that is worth contorting body and soul to attain. It seems that once we get it, our bodies and souls have already been reshaped in order to protect the power at any…

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Success Redefined

By: on April 8, 2021

Stories of success of leaders who overcome adversity and succeed against great odds are inspiring. Whether it is the story of Abraham Lincoln overcoming political failure, after failure, to become our 16th president. Michael Jordon overcoming childhood awkwardness to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time. According to Wikipedia “success is the state…

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The Challenge of Servant Leadership

By: on April 7, 2021

What happens when a good person finds themselves in a situation where the expectations of the leadership position they occupy do not match their leadership style? For one, you get the Jimmy Carter Presidential Administration. Carter’s “Serving” strategy, as described by Simon Walker[1], may be an idealistic and honorable way to lead, and can be…

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Visionary Leadership

By: on April 5, 2021

There was a time when I was a “double barrel shot-gun” kind of leader. In my home, it was “my way or the highway.” God, scripture, and faith were to be understood through a fundamentalist viewpoint. Our home was to be an external reflection of our internal reality: tidy, orderly, simple. Nothing was to be…

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