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Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

12 Leadership Lessons

12 Leadership Lessons

  Occasionally I sit down with a cup of coffee and try to distill the leadership lessons I’ve personally learned over the past few years. Here’s what I came up with this morning: 1. Do not be caught without vision when God decides to provide the money. 2. Quality systems build trust; a lack of systems sows distrust. 3. Don’t try to fit a round peg in a square hole; don’t try to get somebody to do what they’re not fit for. 4. Listen to others, even their harsh complaints; and then give them hope. 5. Focus on quality, not quantity. Thriving organizations grow from a “hot center.” 6. Trying to influence people’s actions is futile; influence their vision and actions will follow. 7. Many have vision. Unfortunately, it’s not very specific. 8. Prayer is a strategy, perhaps the most important strategy. 9. Spend half your time on what’s urgent, not “important;” the other half of your time on what’s urgent and important. Try to ignore the rest. 10....

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Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Denver Institute for Faith & Work

Denver Institute for Faith & Work

In late 2012 I resolved to create new nonprofit called Denver Institute for Faith & Work. The following is a letter I sent to friends and family in January 2013 explaining my idea. Dear Friends and Family, I’m writing to share with you a new project that I am launching in 2013 along with several good friends. I’m creating a new nonprofit organization called Denver Institute for Faith & Work that helps people integrate their faith and work. Why faith and work? Well, there are several reasons. First, we spend the majority of our waking hours at work, yet most struggle to relate the two worlds of faith and work.  God calls most believers to secular work – electricians, account managers, teachers, homemakers, engineers – yet many are stuck in the sacred/secular divide, or isolated from other believers in their fields. One of my favorite theologians, Lesslie Newbigin, has said,  “And we need to create, above all, possibilities in every congregation for laypeople to share with one another the...

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Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Culture, Theology, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Forming Social Imaginaries

Forming Social Imaginaries

  What is the role of pastors and theologians in bringing about cultural and social change? Theologian Miroslav Volf, in his classic book Exclusion and Embrace, believes there is an important distinction between the role of pastors and the role of Christian laity, especially when trying to apply the gospel to our social world. “Attending to social arrangements is essential. But it is Christian economists, political scientists, social philosophers, etc. in cooperation with theologians, rather than theologians themselves, that out to address this issue because they are best equipped to do so…. “When not acting as helpmates of economists, political scientists, social philosophers, etc.—and it is part of their responsibility to act this way—theologians should concentrate less on social arrangements and more on fostering the kind of social agents capable of envisioning and creating just, truthful, and peaceful societies.” His point is well made: the gospel does influence how we see culture and society, but the ones best suited for making statements about politics or economics (or, by way...

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