Who We Are, What We Value, How We Show Up in the World, and Why This Matters
Who We Are
LEAD is a Christian, nonprofit organization focused on empowering Christian leaders, transforming faith communities and influencing the world. LEAD provides coaching, pilgrimages, learning seminars, and resources to support individuals, denominations, judicatory bodies, and congregations as they endeavor to connect with their leadership gifts, develop their strategic skills, and lead in their own contexts. Each of these offerings accompany individuals and communities as they grow deep, bold, consequential faith in Jesus.
LEAD is comprised of professional coaches, consultants, and experienced staff who are committed to deepening in faith personally and providing experiences that help others do the same. LEAD believes that faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace and this same faith invites people to show up in the world in ways that align their values and their practices.
What Informs Us (Values)
LEAD understands Christianity primarily through the lens of the Trinity – God showing up in three persons all focused on reconciliation, healing, and wholeness. In the words of Father Richard Rohr, the Trinity is an example of the Divine Dance, “God for us, God alongside us, God within us.” LEAD believes that God is seeking abundant, life-giving relationship with humanity and that God desires humanity to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly.
LEAD has come to understand that developing and deepening adaptive Spiritual leadership is of utmost importance. The Greatest Commandment, as explained by Jesus provides the foundation for how LEAD works with leaders and communities:
“The most important one” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
We believe that Spiritual leadership…
Means life-long practice, encouraging the heart. Spiritual leaders are constantly growing in their skills and deepening in their faith.
Risks following the Holy Spirit, envisioning the future. Spiritual leaders engage in divine risk-taking, discerning the movement of the Holy Spirit in order to engage in effective leadership that is open to transformation.
Challenges systems of injustice, empathizing with the marginalized. Spiritual leaders are a force for justice in their local communities and in the world.
Constantly deepens relationships, with a bias towards action. Spiritual leaders practice vulnerability always within the context of authentic relationship.
How We Show Up (Practices)
LEAD engages four practices that reflect our understanding of God as Trinity – the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sustainer.
LEAD is constantly tuning in to God’s call, to God’s mission, doing justice in our own neighborhood and the world.
LEAD engages in activities that awaken us to a deeper relationship with God, purposeful community, and our own identity.
LEAD constantly digs down beneath the surface to ask questions, opening our mindset to create systems that reflect God’s love.
LEAD is committed to working out of our comfort zones to expand relationships to reflect the diversity of God’s creation
These practices start with the organization and flow out into our work. LEAD invites all leaders and communities to engage these practices as tools to begin discerning their own values and practices for their context.
Why This Matters (Being)
“This is not such thing as a single issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives.”
LEAD believes that who we are, what we value, and how we practice our values informs our way of being in the world. This means that LEAD commits to living and leading in ways that reflect our deepest beliefs.
We live in unprecedented times. People are seeking connection in the midst of division. Fear abounds. Leaders feel woefully ill-equipped. Communities are seeking meaning. Scarcity has become more accepted than God’s promise of abundance. Injustice is present on personal, communal, and collective levels.
LEAD is committed to practicing what we preach, speaking out against that which conflicts with our values, and constantly returning to and being informed by a faith that has been passed down throughout history.