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

One Ice-Cube Please

By: on October 25, 2012

One ice-cube please The flight attendant had that tired smile on her face – the one that is forced after about eight hours on a packed plane.  The Brussels Airliner was almost to Burundi and the last drinks were being served before landing. “I’ll take a Coke, please,” I requested.  “Do you want ice?” she…

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Leading From Behind: A Case Study in Wes Anderson and Bill Murray

By: on October 25, 2012

Wes Anderson is one of the most interesting and innovative directors today.  Through his seven films, Anderson has created a style and voice that is singular and unique.  When you are watching an Anderson film, you know you are watching an Anderson film.  As polarizing as his work can sometimes be, there is truly nothing…

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I Have a Dream

By: on October 25, 2012

As a young boy growing up in Pennsylvania, life seemed simple.  Living not to far from Gettysburg I remember climbing and playing hide and seek with my brother and sister at Devil’s Den, one of the most significant positions held during the battle of Gettysburg in The American Civil War. It all seemed surreal at…

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Lay Leadership

By: on October 25, 2012

During my college years I believed leadership skills were something you were born with. They could be honed and tweaked, but you either had them or you didn’t. During my B.A. and M.Div., I went through several leadership classes and other experiences designed to bring out the leader that was supposedly already inside me. Most…

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Leadership = being an all-in-one Swiss army knife

By: on October 22, 2012

Last week I had my second ordination anniversary. Since two years I am now the ordained senior pastor at St. Nicolai Church in Gifhorn, Germany. A Lutheran congregation with three churches and about 5000 members. (With my co-pastors. ht: waz-online.de) An anniversary is always a time for evaluation and a reflecting look back. Our weekly…

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Developing Women Leaders: Touching Lives, Transforming Communities

By: on October 20, 2012

“After seeing you in ministry and leadership it seems to me that women leaders are fairly well accepted in India”, remarked a friend of mine here in the U.S. There is some truth to that generalization.   Like the West, the India too has dynamic women at the helm of leadership in politics, government, business, and…

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What are Your Leadership Values?

By: on October 19, 2012

My all-time favorite question I ask when interviewing leaders for American Baptist Homes of the West is “Tell me about your leadership values and how you have used them to lead others in your past experiences?” I very seldom get a well thought-out response. I am not surprised as I have found few leaders have…

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“Woman, I Own You”

By: on October 19, 2012

Acts chapter one and verse eight reads, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” The power proclaimed here is an inner transformational type…

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Meaning-Making Leaders

By: on October 18, 2012

In the Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice under the heading “Leadership as Meaning-Making” we find the following quote: “The preoccupation of classic social theorists with the meaning-making capacity of leaders can be traced to an even more fundamental concern with the uneasy relationship between the capitalist mode of exchange on the one hand, and…

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What Goes Into The Making Of A Leader?

By: on October 18, 2012

  In their book “Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice,” Mayo and Nohria points out that, “Although we find evidence of a prototype design in leadership research, there is no clearly dominant theoretical perspective on leadership.” While this statement may in fact be true, it hasn’t stopped researchers and people from the general public alike…

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We Are Not All Climbing the Same Mountain

By: on October 18, 2012

At a local church a priest, a rabbi and a imam (no, this is not a bar joke) all met in a church to talk about interfaith understanding. They had developed a relationship after 9/11 to talk about how faith communities can break down biases and suspicions between them. The interchange was respectful and civil.…

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Reflections of Leadership Theory and Practice in Africa

By: on October 18, 2012

On October 15, 2012, CNN ran a story on the absence of good leadership in Africa following the lack of eligible candidates. No leader met the criteria needed to win the award excellence in leadership. The prize is $5 million award paid over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life after that. Since 2006, three…

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The Harmony of One

By: on October 18, 2012

It is so rare to see a musical band stay together for more than a decade. Sure, there is U2, Aerosmith and a few others, but most break apart.  After a period of time, crazy schedules, the pressures of fame, life on the road and often a lack of significant leadership cause bands to simply…

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“Without Integrity Nothing Works”

By: on October 18, 2012

“Without Integrity Nothing Works”* are powerful words (Erhard, Jensen, Zaffron 2008).  Reading those quoted words in the present reading assignment book from Harvard Business School caught my attention.  Integrity is a word pregnant with numerous nuances of meaning and many are morally charged.  So, I was naturally curious about how the issue of integrity as…

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Creating Meaning

By: on October 18, 2012

Leadership is an interesting word and concept.  It seems to be that everyone instinctively understands the word and derives significant meaning from it.  That is everyone knows what a leader is and looks like.  At the same time, my guess would be that if you began to ask individual people what exactly a leader is…

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Smart Power

By: on October 18, 2012

As the title itself suggests, the book Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice edited by Nohria and Khurana is quite a comprehensive and thorough narrative of various facets of leadership.  I decided to delve deeper into Chapter 12 titled ‘power and leadership’ and chapter 13 ‘Leadership and Cultural context’ as they are closer inrelevance to my…

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KFC, Fanta and the BBC

By: on October 17, 2012

KFC, Fanta and the BBC If you travel, you know what I’m talking about! I can be pretty certain that whenever I spend the night in a hotel, anywhere in the world, I know that the one English language station on the television will be the British Broadcasting Company – or BBC.  I am able…

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Power

By: on October 17, 2012

In honor of today’s post I’ve got a little video that should bring back some memories. Check it out, and then read on! The relationship between power and pastors is often a tenuous one. In Handbook of Leadership and Theory and Practice, Joseph S. Nye writes about the connection of leadership and power. Nye breaks down power into…

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Church is Irrelevant

By: on October 12, 2012

Irrelevant is a word that has been thrown around a lot to describe church. Some churches have worked hard to be relevant to their culture. It usually means attempting to get people to go to church. But young adults are increasingly choosing not to go to church. Do they feel it is irrelevant to their…

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“What type Of Theology Is This? 1,2,3, or 5?”

By: on October 12, 2012

The journey to gaining an understanding of reality was a long and arduous one for me. You might say that as I set out on this journey of understanding God and my Christian beliefs, I found all of the pot holes any one could imagine. In fact, these pot holes nearly stopped me on several…

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