An interview with Fr. Paul Hodge explores how parish leaders - clergy, council members, treasurers, and emerging leaders - can develop in their role through Peer Learning, a resource offered by the Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative. Peer Learning offers you the opportunity to connect with other parish leaders like you to problem-solve, share best practices, gather insights, and celebrate successes.
Fr. Theodore Dorrance shares a unique perspective by viewing the Church as partner to parents, rather than parents as partner to church school and youth programs. This interview explores how a parish can invest in its youth as emerging leaders by:
Many experts in organizational management believe that the imagery of shepherd and flock is outdated and even condescending in contemporary organizational settings. But it is key leadership imagery in the Church. Dr. Richard Benton looks to Ezekiel 34 to understand the responsibility of the 'ebed (Hebrew equivalent to the Greek word doulos, meaning servant or slave) who the Lord places as shepherd over the flock. The Lord Himself serves as the True Shepherd, protecting His flock and judging those who would devour it. Richard Benton holds a PhD in Hebrew and Old Testament from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is co-host of The Bible as Literature Podcast and serves as an IT scrum master for a global company based in St. Paul, MN.
Fr. Dustin Lyon and the parish leaders of St. George Greek Orthodox Church participated in "Cultivating Vision and Change," a module of Doulos - The Intensive Program in Servant Leadership. Hear their story and how the principles and disciplines of servant leadership are brought to life through the preaching, teaching, and ministries at St. George. In addition to serving St. George Greek Orthodox Church in DeKalb, IL, Fr. Dustin hosts The Way, a podcast on the Ephesus School Network.
To become a doulos of Christ, it all begins with an effort to grow in biblical literacy and accountability to God's instruction. From there, cultivating watchfulness and caring for "the least of these." As a doulos in God's household, Dn. Sean Reid reminds us to lead as one under authority and to practice offering the "first fruits" to the Lord who so graciously provides. Dn. Sean is owner of Arrowhead Coaching and Facilitation Solutions and serves the St. Maria of Paris Mission in Hamilton, ON.
Jesus declares in Mark 10:44, "Whoever would would be first among you must be slave (doulos) of all." Hollie Benton, executive director of the Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative interviews Fr. Marc Boulos to search the meaning of doulos in the Greek New Testament and its implications for Christian servant leaders. Fr. Marc is author of Torah to the Gentiles: St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians, co-host of The Bible as Literature Podcast, and pastors St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church in St. Paul, MN. He is an IT executive for a global company based in St. Paul.