Why We Should All Be More Like the Jesuits

jesuits leadership May 03, 2023

Let’s talk about leadership.

In particular, let’s look at a group of leaders who have a great deal to teach us who are called to lead during these challenging times. The leaders I’m referring to are the Jesuits.

The leadership practice of the Jesuit's has a lot to teach us about living out our calling with courage, adaptability, and the readiness to help others change and grow through transition.

These thoughts come from a book I’ve revisited but still very applicable today. The book is by author Chris Lowney and is entitled "Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World." If you haven't read it, pick up a copy. 

General Thoughts on Leadership

When you look at what the Jesuits believed about leadership some key underlying principles stand out:

  • We’re all leaders and we’re leading all the time – either leading well or poorly.
  • All leadership springs from within and is first and foremost an inside...
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Companioning: The Best Thing You Can Do After the Loss of a Pastor

The pastor is gone and is not coming back.

What is the best thing you can do for those who grieve the loss of their pastor?

  • Tell them it’s going to be OK?
  • Tell them the search committee is already looking for the next pastor?
  • Tell them God has a plan for our church?

No, no, and no.

What grieving people need is a companion to walk alongside them. It doesn’t need to be you, if you’re the transitional pastor, but it needs to be someone — someone equipped to know what to say, what not to say, and how to show up.

How we walk with people who are grieving matters. I’ve been learning to support grieving people in a way that has a track record of being very helpful - the term for it is companioning. How you and I show up with those who have experienced loss, whether it’s the loss of a pastor or the loss of a friend, makes a lasting difference.

One resource I’ve found very formative in learning how to walk with grieving people is the work of Dr....

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The Undistracted Leader - How to live with less distractions in your life

distraction leadership Feb 01, 2023

In a world of distraction, there is a pathway forward. In this video, Cam talks about the three R's required to live with less distractions and how to stay focused in your life and leadership.

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2022 in Review & How We Can be Stronger Together

Uncategorized Jan 23, 2023

Cam reflects on the past year and shares what TLN has been up to. He also provides a summary of our year end survey.

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A Fresh Take on True Hope

hope Dec 11, 2022

Hope is a common theme at Christmas time for a very good reason. It's essential to live our best life! If you are looking to renew or freshen up your hope personally or in your ministry, this video is for you.

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The Power of Storytelling

story storytelling Nov 15, 2022

There is transformational power when people tell stories that need telling to people who are truly listening. We need it in our personal lives and to facilitate it with communities in transition. Here are three questions to consider.

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Who are the future harvest hands in transitional ministry?

There continues to be a need for more harvest hands needs in all areas of God's kingdom harvest work. That includes the need for more quality transitional pastors. Where do you fit into helping to meet that need?

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Introducing the Transitional Leader Designation Program

The Transitional Leader (TL) Designation program equips and supports both transitional leaders and their sponsoring agencies. Transitional leaders receive training and support for ongoing development and ministry effectiveness. Denominational leaders and other sponsors receive support and resources to find, train and designate transitional leaders for the harvest field.  

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One Daily Practice that will Expand Your Joy and Peace

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2022

In this video, I tell you about my daily gratitude practice and give some examples of what I've been grateful for this week as you consider your reasons for gratitude.

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The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World

Uncategorized Sep 07, 2022

There is more than ever the need for solid wisdom and guidance in the area of fostering and ensuring we have genuine human connection. Learn from the wisdom in Dr. Murthy's book for your life and leadership.

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