Toward A New Model for Global Leadership
The world went through some monumental shifts during my tenure in mission leadership. While many had been talking about partnership and collaboration, as well as paternalism and colonialism for many years, it was during early in my 30 years of ministry that major changes were burgeoning in many ways. Of course, the last few years this has accelerated on many fronts making these issues of critical importance.
I began in mission with a prime focus on sending North American missionaries as part of Christ’s great commission. But, after nearly a decade in mission, I noticed the rise of the Global South (or Majority World) in leading the body of Christ around the world. I moved to Istanbul to get a better sense of what was on the horizon, and it was there that my attention shifted to empowering indigenous leaders and focusing sending missionaries in more strategic, partnering roles in mission.
When I joined A3 (formerly Asian Access), the global changes were paramount, and I sensed the need for a new approach to leadership. Thus, I studied a variety of approaches to see if there might be a better way. In this, I leaned on my own heritage. I learned from a family business (mainly from my father) to approach leadership in a team-oriented fashion. That set the stage for a collaborative way of leading that I continued learning while at Azusa Pacific University and later at Rolling Hills Covenant Church. I found that I was at my best in these relational approaches via interacting with a wide array of leaders from various constituencies trying to foster a community of like-minded yet entrepreneurial people.
Along the way, I discovered a series of developments from governance and mission history that complimented my natural collaborative style. It was in this environment where I discovered key themes (or traits) that make up a polycentric approach to leadership. It’s a new theoretical model that we had been experimenting with during my time with A3. This new book unpacks what I have been learning and provides a call to further exploration.
I hope you enjoy seeing what I’ve learned and sharing what insights you have to add. As the world facing increasing polarization and seems to fracture away, we need each other more than ever. I pray this effort helps us seek a better way forward.
Thanks in advance for engaging with the ideas and interacting with us to see what God will do through what I believe is a Trinitarian approach to leadership.
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