With a Masters in Christian Leadership I plan to extend by grounding in biblical exposition and systematic theology to serve in leadership roles of ministry. This includes refining the impact of men and building a renewed biblical vision for the role of grandparents within the Church and family communities and to encourage their active support to the spiritual formation of children.
Overall Reflection Statement for Ministry Distinctive
For my competence in Christian leadership I am focusing on the application of the Christian leadership techniques in my office. 2020 has been an incredibly difficult year. Our assignment as a critical government contract justified me taking no time off and setting up a new environment and execution plan for 25 companies and over 350 staff. This included remote management of the program staff (often right across the hall) and helping deal with personal and professional challenges brought about by COVID. My ministry at work has gotten much more personal with the challenges that people face. It has also taught me patience and grace. As work has piled up, I've also been required to get innovative with the way I coordinate seminary assignments and execute work from the office.
Artifacts with Descriptions
One artifact provided for this section is a concrete example of merging coursework with regular work. The file below is a modified paper negotiated with Dr. Weisepape that modified an assignment slightly to tailor a book review (The Performance Factor) so that my assignment directly applied to a short notice special project that has consumed my time over the past two months. It represents one attempt to leverage work challenges with school requirements.
One artifact provided for this section is a concrete example of merging coursework with regular work. The file below is a modified paper negotiated with Dr. Weisepape that modified an assignment slightly to tailor a book review to a short notice special project that has consumed my time over the past two months. It represents one attempt to leverage work challenges with school requirements.
Frankly, the Grandparenting course in the midst of a pandemic has added additional challenges that included the return of my daughter and grandson to live with us full time. That has added an opportunity to “practice what I preach” in applying the grandparenting principles I am learning. I look forward to completing the course and organizing the material for personal and church teaching purposes. That also includes spending time with my daughter in looking at resources that will help us better communicate and also help in raising her son with Biblical values. The overall topic of grandparenting (with grace) has been a specific challenge for both my wife and I during this time. That said, the material provided has been valuable in helping us navigate the trails.
Lifelong Development Statement
As a result of the experiences documented by these artifacts, I will continue to develop options for translating my leadership material to support the work environment and teaching at Church. My leadership training has been highly applicable to my responsibilities for running a large, complex and diverse contract across three continents. The message of grace I have learned at seminary has been directly applicable to showing grace at work. As far as a vision for the future, I am excited about building and implementing a vision for intentional biblical grandparenting at our church. I learned that 50% of the adult population that attends Immanuel fit the grandparenting demographic and this is the first ministry to focus on this critical role for senior believers. I look forward to shaping this ministry and having it shape me to the glory of God.