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Oct

2016

My Journey - Your Journey: The Leadership Identities of Christendom

Author: Tom Bandy

 

The identities of spiritual leadership are more complex and more profound than the mere functions of leadership. Identities are like habits. It is the unconscious behavior, in the predictable patterns of everyday living, that reveals who we are. The unrehearsed word and the spontaneous deed reveal the truth ... a truth that the individual might himself or herself deny or refuse to accept. But still true. It is who we are. Yet these identities also morph and evolve, through the intricate dance of culture and spirit.

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Oct

2016

Telltale Signs of Constant Leadership

The "Constant Leaders" are the more traditional, Christendom leaders, and they tend to evolve as the clergy career unfolds. The challenge is that they were raised, trained, deployed, and rewarded to behave this way ... and its a difficult habit to break in the post-Christendom world.

Author: Tom Bandy

 

There is good news and bad news in the behavior of Constant Leaders. Certainly the good news is that there are still lifestyle segments that value their leadership and benefit from their courage. Unfortunately, many of those lifestyle segments are aging and declining. Many clergy like to think they have shaken the habits of Constant Leadership. But have they? Have you?

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Oct

2016

My Journey-Your Journey: The Functions of Spiritual Leadership

I reflect on my own journey as an ordained minister, and how I functioned in different ways. Perhaps this can motivate you to reflect on your own journey.

Author: Tom Bandy

Most traditionally raised, trained, and ordained clergy think of ministry in functional categories. Our evolution from one function to another is driven by many different circumstances. But notice how a self-understanding defined by function forces a kind of dualism or "schizophrenia" in our lives as we try to separate "work" and "personal" time ... tenaciously protecting our day off, etc. Once we understand the identities of spiritual leadership, we begin to see why that struggle for personal time can be so severe and difficult. How we function as a leader ... and who we are as a leader ... can be two very very different things.

 

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Oct

2016

Why So Negative?

Author: Tom Bandy

 

Spiritual quest is driven by existential anxiety. Spiritual dialogue begins "negatively", but ends "positively" as it results in hope.

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