Dr. Molly Marshall, president of Central Seminary, was asked recently to speak to a Doctor of Ministry seminar on “Entrepreneurial Leadership” and share some of the things she has learned in leading a “new generation seminary.”
One of the learnings she identified is a key leadership lesson:
“Seek wise counsel. An isolated leader cannot impose vision; rather, vision arises out of thoughtful collaboration. Leadership entails being a ‘keeper’ of the vision, however.”
Dr. Marshall shared two ideas here that are very important in the development of the new Doctor of Ministry in Creative Leadership curriculum.
First, the most effective vision arises from a process of collaboration. In a church, it rises up among the people of God as they engage their missional context. In a judicatory, vision is birthed by the shared experiences of congregations. In an organization, vision comes from the experience and abilities of the members of the team as they respond to opportunity.
Second, once vision is identified, the leader becomes the champion of the vision, encouraging and defending it as it is implemented. The leader keeps the vision alive and facilitates alignment of all resources to realize that vision. When members of the organization begin to falter, the leader exhorts and encourages them to “stay the course.”
One of the pillars of the Doctor of Ministry degree emphasizes vision. The goal of this pillar is to “equip the learner with skills to develop and grow group vision for producing fresh, relevant solutions that create positive impact.”
In the seminars related to vision, students will learn both how to work with others to birth a vision informed by deep spiritual and theological concepts and how to champion that vision internally and externally.
Vision is the work of leaders but it is collaborative work.
For more information, contact Ircel Harrison.