Vol 4:7 Mission and Leading Christ’s Community – Part 3: Motivated by Love

Do we love in the ways that we lead? Does love have anything to do with the way we lead? I am trying to recollect but I am not aware that I have come across an article or book which connects leadership or missional leadership with the concept of love, and yet, my reading of God’s Story and Vision is that love is integral to understanding God and God’s mission. Jesus in John 20:21 expresses,...

Vol 4:6 Mission and Leading Christ’s Community – Part 2: Cultivating Consensus

As I reflect on the kind of leading we are to be engaged in the community of Christ, I am drawn to an image that portrays leading as cultivating versus leading through current models of leadership which focus upon elements of taking charge. I was talking with a friend whose way of leading was described as consensus-seeking, rather than exercising a kind of leadership that would take a group of...

Vol 4:5 Mission and Leading Christ’s Community

A couple of weeks ago, when I was at AMBS for Pastor’s Week, I had a very brief conversation with Willard Swartley, Professor Emeritus of New Testament at AMBS, about my interest in his book, The Covenant of Peace: The Missing Peace in New Testament Theology and Ethics. I remarked to him I was interested in gaining insights from him for what I was working on – undoing the violence of...

Vol 4:4 Mission and Jubilee: Demonstrating a Radically Different Reality

Last week I and another member of our pastoral team spent a week at AMBS (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) in Elkhart, IN attending the Pastor’s Week conference focused upon The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Us: The Immeasurable Dimensions of Jubilee. Jubilee, as it is presented in Scripture, engaged in 3 programs. In Deuteronomy 14 we read of a program which was to happen every 3 years...

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