June 5, 2007

New Perspective on Leadership

An article at Fast Company, discussing an article by Roger Martin in the Harvard Business Review, says:
The secret, according to Martin, is not what a leader does but how he thinks.

Martin’s leaders don’t approach decisions as most of us do as a series of mutually exclusive options: Pick option A and forget about option B. Like a creative strategist, they integrate seemingly contradictory options and in doing so create a new perspective. Think of the idea of selling software for free but making money on the services. That's the synthesis of two contradictory ideas -- free products but a profitable service component.

Ultimately, Martin’s leaders are not content to settle. Rather than accept “unattractive trade-offs,” they welcome the challenge to make the world better. They’re drivers of change.

This got me thinking about how some people view theology, seminary training, and the practice of ministry. They seem to think that they are contradictory. Seminary trained ministers can't possibly be good at ministry and innovative. Theological thinkers can be good at the practics. Those who are good at the practics can't be good at the other two.

So here is what I am thinking...What if we somehow created a ministry training program that allowed people to be both theologically trained AND good at the practics? What if we had pastors who really were good at both?

I am unwilling to accept the "unattractive trade-offs" of being just a good practician or just a seminary trained minister. I want them both. I always have. That is why I worked in the local church at the same time I earned my degrees. I want to integrate the two in such a way as to create a "new perspective."


  1. Hi -
    You seem to be deeply committed to something which I find, for myself, to be a dangerous and out-moded dogma.

    Who is/was Jesus, from your personal point of view?

    Love n Peace

  2. Thanks for commenting Nemo. I agree that at times Christianity has been a dangerous dictator. And that it may seem out-moded.

    I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. I like the Bible's way of saying it in Hebrews 1:3, that Jesus is "the exact representation of God." I believe that if we want to know what God is like we need to study Jesus.

    I also believe that we, as Christian, are called to follow His example, and live a life that changes the world we live in. I believe that following Jesus should help us love God with everything that we have, and help us love others the way God loves them.

    I hope this helps. Thanks again for commenting, and feel free to comment or question any time.

  3. Eric,
    Ever have the "erge to merge?"