The College for Bishops Leadership Institute was established to provide educational resources for new bishops as well as trending information resources for all bishops. Organizational Leadership focuses on specific resources related to essential leadership skills:
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Managing Change & Crisis
If part of the work of preaching is bridging the distance between the world of the Scriptures and our world today, then preachers must at the very least be conversant with the world as it is and as it is becoming -- even as that is unfolding in the moment. But this raises an inevitable question: When does the preacher change Sunday’s sermon in response to Saturday’s news?
No matter how many times sexual abuse is uncovered, whether it’s one person’s story or a report detailing hundreds of cases, we are stunned. Grieved. Discouraged. Angry. How are the very people entrusted with shepherding God’s flock wreaking havoc on the lives of so many through abuse, lies, and cover up? Here are 12 articles related to sexual abuse in the Church. Some of these help examine underlying theological assumptions that may contribute to the ongoing crisis of abuse in the Church while others provide practical wisdom and concrete steps for churches to respond faithfully.
Humans make up the church—humans who may love Jesus, but who also make mistakes and sometimes even crash and burn. It’s not going to be fun, but this article from Courageous Storytellers suggests that you take a deep breath, exhale, and dig in. You owe it to your church to read this before you need it.
Every tragedy -- large or small, public or private -- is different, but they all pose challenges for leadership. Here is an extensive list of resources from the Faith & Leadership archives on leading in times of tragedy and crisis. Topics covered include: public tragedy, tragedy & grief within a congregation, leading amid difference, reconciliation & forgiveness, crisis communications, suffering & pastoral ministry, and more.
The recent shootings in Charleston remind us that houses of worship are not always safe areas and that churches can and should take steps to plan for potential emergency situations. This FEMA publication offers a detailed look at the planning process, including a closer look at active shooter scenarios. For more information, view the accompanying webinar: