Wednesday, February 24, 2010

MWSB-Feb 15-19: Spiritual Leadership

Our Spiritual Leadership class was taught by Dick Angelo, with one session taught by his wife, Vivien. This class covered a variety of topics, some of which, to me, seem more applicable if I was involved in a full-time ministry of some kind (especially camp ministries), and didn't seem very applicable to me today in the here and now. Don't get me wrong, it was still very interesting, but I find it a little hard to apply knowledge of board (operational and policy) structures.

But that definitely was not all we talked about. We talked a lot about what it means to be a servant leader and how it differs from the typical leader of today. A lot of things (e.g. putting others first rather than yourself) are totally opposite of what our culture tries to teach us.

We looked at the example of Nehemiah in his leadership during the time when he and a plethora of Jews returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall. He faced several opposing attitudes, and yet he kept a cool head (unusual for many leaders today), and his first response was to pray. He was also confident in God, something else unusual for many leaders today.

So, although there were some parts of the class that didn't seem very applicable for a young college student not looking into getting involved with a board of some kind, there were still several things that were quite applicable.

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