Summer 2015


The theme for Summer 2015 is “Succession.”

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Christian Influence

Dr. Gregory Alan Thornbury on evangelicals, culture and leadership

CLA President and CEO Tami Heim recently interviewed Gregory Alan Thornbury, Ph.D., president of The King’s College in New York City. He has been called “Jonathan Edwards Meets Rolling Stone” by Russell D. Moore and “America’s First Hipster College President” by The American Spectator.Thornbury previously served as professor of philosophy...

Developing God u00e2u0080u00a8First Leaders

Serving as trustees of the next generation

In Christ-centered ministries and universities, there is an added dimension of the call to serve. This is valued when we recruit and employ that passionate and energized member of our team who not only is professional and knowledgeable, but also called by God to be part of the purpose and mission of the ministry. We forget, however, that those who are called into a ministry are often open to God’s next call. Disce...

Gender-Balanced Leadership

One organization’s journey of change

Two years ago, our organization took a look at our leadership landscape and decided to address our lack of gender balance head on. Having operated as an egalitarian organization for some years, we were nowhere near representing that balance on our leadership teams. Knowing that for many Christians, theology is a significant barrier, our first step was to clarify our position in writing and distribute it widely. This gav...

Humility and Servanthood

The keys to seamless leadership succession

How would you feel as the new president of a Christian organization knowing that all five of the former founders and presidents were still actively involved in the ministry? Does just the mention of this send shivers down your spine as a leader? Well, this is my reality as the new president of the C.S. Lewis Institute, and I couldn’t be happier!

You are now wondering, “Is this guy crazy or just pl...

Kingdom Partnership

How releasing authority strengthens leaders

We don’t need to look hard in Scripture to find examples of strong relationships where responsibility and authority bound two individuals together in fulfilling the purposes of God: Moses and Joshua; David and Solomon; Eli and Samuel; Paul and Timothy. Each of these unique connections required unselfish leaders to move forward in tandem and agreement in order for the greater work to be accomplished.


Mentoring for Life

A path of blessings, growth and success

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” -Prov. 11:25

When Susan was hired as the executive director of her pregnancy center in 2006, she knew the calling was strong, and it was confirmed by the confidence that the board seemed to have in her abilities to lead an organization. But she had no experience in pregnancy center work, and as the job responsibili...

Millennials and Motivating Needs

Why understanding the next generation is vital

When I (Lee) was ordained in 2014, a couple of my close friends gave me the gift of a wristwatch. Since receiving that gift, it has taken on a deep sense of meaning for me. More than just a timepiece, it has become a way of helping me better understand the world around me. A good wristwatch tells more than just the time; it describes a bit of the world around you.

When you look at a wristwatch, you will, ...

Moses and Joshua

The importance of developing future leaders

Leadership is always a temporary assignment — always. It is a temporary assignment because leaders do not ultimately own the teams, ministries or organizations they lead. They simply steward what the Lord has entrusted to their care for a season. Wise leaders embrace the temporal reality of leading, and they prepare the ministry for the future. Because the assignment is fleeting, developing others for leadership ...

Passing the Baton

Planning for succession and follow-through

I can’t wait for next year’s Summer Olympic Games in Brazil. I love track and field events, especially the exciting relay races — often won or lost in the split seconds of passing the baton from one runner to the next. Do it with excellence and the whole team prospers. Fumble or drop the baton, and usually it’s impossible to regain a winning momentum. Leadership succession is like that. It is sai...

Replacing the CEO

The board’s leadership in succession planning

One of the most important responsibilities of a ministry board is replacing its retiring CEO. While this event presents huge ministry opportunities, it can also be disruptive and filled with emotion, politicking and hurt feelings.

Sooner or later every ministry faces this challenge and how it is managed will have repercussions for years to come.

The specific steps to replace a retiring lea...