Special Topics in Leadership and Administration:
Acting experimentally as faith and leadership.
Adaptive Leadership J-Term 2019
Wednesday, January 02, 2019 9:00 AM - Thursday, January 04, 2019 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Candler School of Theology
1531 Dickey Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
This course will define and commend experimentation as as a core competency an essential component of effective leadership/discipleship toward individual, institutional and societal change.
The course will familiarize participants with the spirituality of the Apostle Paul’s leadership/discipleship practices as a theological reference point and inspiration for acting experimentally.
Participants will be aided by The Adaptive Leadership lexicon and framework of Harvard Kennedy School’s Ron Heifetz as well as Ed O’Malley and Amanda Cebula’s work.
There is bias in the Church against formal leadership studies as an essential part of Christian formation in general and in ordination preparation in specific. Yet, there is an exciting overlap and synergy available between the spiritual leadership practices of the Apostle Paul and the Adaptive Leadership framework.
Given the inertia and increasing complexity of institutions and the corresponding velocity of anxiety in society, institutions and in the church, we contend that acting experimentally is an example of spiritual leadership.
To equip disciples of Jesus Christ to effect change in their lives, their communities and the greater society.
To deepen participants understanding of the Apostles Paul’s ministry as spiritual leadership characterized by experimentation as an expression of fidelity to God.
To increase the capacity of participants to identify, communicate and recruit partners to craft, run and refine purposeful experiments that address adaptive problems.
To familiarize students with the preconditions necessary to practice the spiritual leadership of the Apostle Paul in the face of institutional inertia, anxiety, complexity.
To equip learners to craft a leadership experiment that will address an adaptive problem in their specific leadership context.
Participants will complete a three page paper due no more than 5 days after the completion of the course. The paper will include an example of a real life leadership opportunity where the participant intends to implement the learning from the course.
Continental breakfast, lunch and book included.