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Dec

2016

Q/A: Are "organic" leaders especially manipulative?

Organic leaders are different from traditional spiritual leaders; and what seems strange is often feared. Yet these are an emerging and influential groups of spiritual leaders relevant to many lifestyle segments.

Author: Tom Bandy
Gurus and Faith Tutors are often controversial. From within the Christian tradition, they may be threatening as mavericks who take away members from other churches. From a secular perspective, they may seem to be con artists who take advantage of lost people. However, many gurus and faith tutors are quitre earnest and sincere. And you can tell the difference
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12

Dec

2016

Postmodern shift from Faith Tutor to Guru

The "discipler" today is different from the "discipler" just 10-20 years ago.

Author: Tom Bandy

Organic leadership is more complex today. Some stay within the Christian context; others are influenced by, but go beyond the Christian context. They are all synthesizers of faith and life, and they all are holistic in their approach to coaching; but they are different. The charisma, focus on seekers, message, and expectations for discipleship are different.

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Dec

2016

Q/A: Can political leaders be spiritual leaders?

Many political leaders have a charisma that is beyond logic, and which is often more influential than their actual policies. So in what sense can political leaders represent spiritual authority?

Author: Tom Bandy

Despite the charisma of political leaders, Biblical people were right in separating political and spiritual leadership. The insights of Paul Tillich from the 1930's and 40's are relevant today. It explains the gap between unrealistic expectation and angry disappointment that experienced in just a single year or two for a new incumbent for political office. Political leaders are not ... and cannot ... be spiritual leaders. And it is a mistake often made when society lacks spiritual depth.

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Nov

2016

"Organic" Leadership

Author: Tom Bandy

"Organic" leaders are different from "Constant" leaders because they embrace purposeful change and reject heritage protection. They accept and engage the post-Christendom world, rather than try to preserve or recover the Christendom world. They are not in confrontation with culture, but rather in conversation with culture.

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Nov

2016

Telltale Signs of Identity Crisis: Cultural Upheaval

Transforming leadership identities

Author: Tom Bandy
There are several indications that a spiritual leader is entering a time of identity crisis. This post is about how cultural upheaval forces spiritual leaders toward a new identity, different functions, and greater risk.
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