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...

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 ecc...

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 ...

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,...

Next generation leadership

Leadership is very much on the minds of the parishioners of Christ Church, Springfield, as we enter the process of finding a new rector after the long and successful tenure of the Rev. Charlotte Collins Reed, w...

Leading as an introvert

After years of trying to force himself to be an extrovert, a pastor discovers that being a Christian leader begins with accepting who you are. Even if you are introverted, shy and out of touch with popular cult...