Models of leadership

A leader is defined by BusinessDictionary.com as A person or thing that holds a dominant or superior position within its field, and is able to exercise a high degree of control or influence over others. I...

Emerging leaders

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal ordained Gene Alan (AJ) Stack, Jr. and Jennifer Lee Oldstone-Moore to the Sacred Order of priests during a celebration of Holy Eucharist at Christ Church ...

The Diaconate: A call to leadership

When one looks at the clergy structure of the Episcopal Church, it appears that there is an inherent chain of command: bishop → presbyter → deacon. This could give the perception that vocational deacons are ecclesiastical “followers”, who carry out the instruc...

Everyone can lead

The story of Moses reminds us that God uses flawed, fearful and reluctant people as leaders in God’s kingdom. When God calls Moses at the burning bush to lead the people out of Egypt, Moses demurs, saying, “I a...

Light is light?

In 2014, the Nobel Prize in physics went to three Japanese physicists for creating blue LED light. Their successful invention happened in 1989. Some in our pop culture laughed and ridiculed the invention of a b...

Valuing all parts of the body of Christ

Sometimes we’re Sherlock and sometimes we are John Watson One of my favorite television shows is the BBC show, Sherlock. It’s all about Benedict Cumberbatch’s flashy and clever version of Sherlock Holmes, and of course his partner, John Watson. While the show...

Pathfinders

Wanted: Those willing to bend the rules, live outside the walls, hack the canons and show the church a new way forward. I stood outside in the vacant abandoned lot at the corner of Central Ave. and West Broad,...

Be a bridge

Leadership is a very elastic concept. It can refer to those who have been entrusted with uniting the church community around a plan for mission (in our tradition we look to wardens, vestries and clergy for this...

Vitality marked by the priesthood of all believers

Leadership and congregational vitality go hand in hand. In my first six months as Missioner for Congregational Vitality, I have discovered that leadership in our diocese comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and that there really are a variety of gifts but th...