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Relationships and Leadership: October 2017 e-news

I recently participated in a learning workshop with faculty from about six other seminaries and schools that train persons for ministerial leadership. The reports we heard and the conversations they inspired made clear the vital role that relationality plays for effective leadership and care in congregations.

Relationships are not critical for ministers alone! The Siburt Institute’s Church Health Assessment measures the quality of relationships of elders and ministers as a critical component of a church’s leadership. It is not surprising to see correlations between low relationality and low morale with risk aversion in the congregations we survey.

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