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Eucharistic Leadership: Broken- Episode 34

Take a moment to listen to the latest episode of the City as Playground Podcast.

 

What if our identity is not wrapped up in getting it right or being perfect? In this episode, Dave and Rick talk with Kris Rocke (Executive Director of Street Psalms and LF Senior Associate) about his experience of the third movement of Eucharistic leadership, being broken. They dive into the experience of being broken and how our wounds can bear new seeds of life. This counter-intuitive movement is vital to transforming cities into playgrounds.

 


Coaching for Impact

“That which goes deepest to the heart goes farthest to the world.” – F. Dale Bruner

 

Bruner’s statement frames the efficacy of our Senior Associate strategy, 20 experienced leaders who mentor each of our members around what works. Last month we introduced you to one of these Senior Associates, Howard Eddings, who has worked in Memphis for over 30 years taking on systemic issues and developing holistic programs that create real impact. This work has been shaped by a heart that deeply cares for Memphis and desires to see it transformed.

 

Howard brought this passion and experience to his Senior Associate role and work with a person a long way from Memphis: Wilna de Beer, the President of the Tshwane Leadership Foundation (TLF) in Pretoria, South Africa. Founded in 1993, TLF is committed to modeling innovative social change and inclusion in the capital city of South Africa as they take on some of its most pressing issues from chronic illness to homelessness. As Wilna’s Senior Associate, Howard provides practical coaching and support- praying together, listening and discussing the opportunities and challenges in front of a mature organization like TLF. Through these monthly meetings, Howard connects Wilna to others in the LF network taking on similar issues and to key LF resources like the Stages of Impact Online Platform and LF Accreditation that are used to develop a custom plan to deepen impact in Pretoria.

 

Howard and Wilna’s story was repeated many times over this past year. To date, our 20 Senior Associates provided over 1,000 hours of personalized training in 2017 to our 42 members throughout the world. Read Street Lights next month to learn how your investment can empower Howard and Wilna and the rest of the LF network to continue to transform their cities and make them more like playgrounds.


Coaching That Works

Who taught you that? Most of us can quickly recall an important coach or mentor in our lives; a person who helped you learn a new skill, invested in you over the years, or even changed the way you saw and navigated the world. A good coach can change everything. At LF, we believe this, and as a result have developed a team of 20 Senior Associates who serve as coaches to each of our members.  One of these veteran leaders is Howard Eddings. In his role as a Senior Associate, he comes alongside LF members as they seek to transform their cities into playgrounds. The reason for this strategy is simple: Howard has experience and knows what works.

 

From his early work with young people in Memphis, to leading the Memphis Leadership Foundation, to now running Red Zone Ministries, Howard has curated a remarkable resume over the past 30 years. In addition to running successful organizations, Howard has dedicated himself to a particular place, Memphis, for the long-term, and has committed to holistic, community-based programs that see God’s common grace extended and real impact take place.

 

As an LF Senior Associate, Howard meets with the LLF Presidents of Pretoria, South Africa and Jacksonville, Florida each month where he helps them develop their gifts, ensures they access LF’s baseline services, and shares his wealth of experience running a Local Leadership Foundation. In short, Howard coaches and mentors these Presidents around what works.

 

LF’s investment in Senior Associates, like Howard, has led to better resourced and supported LLF presidents, which in turn leads to higher impact in their respective cities. Read Street Lights next month to learn about the impact Howard and other Senior Associates have through their support and mentorship of LLF presidents.


Eucharistic Leadership Whispercast: Broken- Episode 33

Take a moment to listen to the latest episode of the City as Playground Podcast.

 

What does brokenness have to do with leadership? In this episode, Dave and Rick introduce the third movement of Eucharistic leadership, being broken. They discuss how this counter-intuitive movement is vital to the vision of the city as playground. This sets up our next full length podcast where Rick and Dave talk with Kris Rocke (Executive Director of Street Psalms and LF Senior Associate) about his experience with this movement of Eucharistic leadership.

 

Listen here and send in any questions you would like answered to info@leadershipfoundations.org.

 


Eucharistic Leadership: Blessed- Episode 32

Take a moment to listen to the latest episode of the City as Playground Podcast.

 

What does it mean to be blessed, even in the midst of life’s most challenging realities? In this episode, Dave and Rick talk with Sara Melchior (LF Network Relations and Development Associate) about her experience of the third movement of Eucharistic leadership, being blessed. You won’t want to miss this honest discussion between Sara, Dave, and Rick about the professional and personal experience of being blessed as a leader.

 


New Video- LF’s Wheel of Change

Leadership Foundations works to bring social and spiritual renewal to cities around the world. How do we do this? Through LF’s wheel of change: engaging leaders of good faith and good will, building the capacity of others, and developing joint initiatives. We are excited to unveil our brand new video, The LF Wheel of Change: Transforming Cities, which tells this story!

 

This video is the culmination of months of collaboration among LF staff and Local Leadership Foundations, and it shares how LF transforms cities from battlegrounds to God’s playgrounds. We hope you enjoy learning more about the powerful work Leadership Foundations is doing in cities around the world through the wheel of change.

 


Eucharistic Leadership Whispercast: Blessed- Episode 31

Take a moment to listen to the latest episode of the City as Playground Podcast.

 

What does it mean to be blessed as a leader? In this Whispercast, Rick and Dave introduce the second movement of Eucharistic leadership, being blessed. They discuss Eucharistic leadership and how mercy and blessing come together as one lives into being blessed as a leader. This sets up our next full length podcast where Rick and Dave talk with Sara Melchior (LF Network Relations and Development Associate) about her experience with this movement of Eucharistic leadership.

 

Listen here and send in any questions you would like answered to info@leadershipfoundations.org.

 


Playgrounds or Battlegrounds?

How you view your city and community has been a central concern of LF’s work. Our conviction is that the way you see will determine how you act: free and generous or confined and malevolent. This is why Joseph Campbell argued “If you want to change the world, you have to change your metaphor.” Campbell understood that the metaphor you choose to interpret reality is going to have more to do with how you behave than anything else. Thus, the weight of this simple statement: LF sees the city as God’s playground rather than a battleground.

 

We were reminded this past weekend, in a horrific way, what can take place when you see your city and community more like a battleground.

 

When the layers are pulled back and knots are untied what will sit at the heart of this tragedy in Charlottesville is a clash of metaphors and worldviews- people who saw the world as a battleground and those who saw it as a playground. In this clash we run toward, escape from, navigate through, circle wide around and hide ourselves within these metaphors of ours—for good and for ill. Metaphors that have become so deeply internalized they become unconscious extensions of ourselves. And while there were many of these at play in the case of Charlottesville, two loomed writ large. On one side, a battleground that animated a God of vengeance, stimulated mercilessness and violence toward neighbor, and propelled a belief of scarcity. On the other, a playground lifting up a God of infinite mercy, neighbor as sister and brother, and an economy of abundance.

 

In a recent Op-ed in the New York Times entitled How to Roll Back Fanaticism, David Brooks reflects on some of these behaviors that LF associates with seeing the city and our communities as battlegrounds: anxiety, conspiracy, dread, and fanaticism. He is convinced—and LF is as well—that the antidote to this battleground is the virtue of modesty and that it is “time for assertive modesty to take a stand.”

 

While it must be acknowledged that in and through the metaphor of playground there are still many sharp realities that can hurt, maim, and tragically even kill, LF is convinced that seeing the city as playground is the way forward. Our understanding of city as playground forms and informs our capacity “for assertive modesty”: to stand united with those whose metaphor moves them to be people of peace, while opposing those whose view moves them to violence.

 

And in the end seeing the city as God’s playground as a framework for “assertive modesty” frees us up to do perhaps the most important and challenging thing of all: loving our enemies.


Eucharistic Leadership: Taken- Episode 30

Take a moment to listen to the latest episode of the City as Playground Podcast.

 

How can fostering humility in leadership help us be more effective and life-giving leaders to those we serve? Rick and Dave talk with Larry Lloyd—President of Memphis Leadership Foundation and LF Vice President of Network Impact—about how being taken as a leader can inform our ideas and styles of leadership. Join them as they explore this first movement of Eucharistic leadership.

 

Listen here and send in any questions you would like answered to info@leadershipfoundations.org.

 


The Welcoming Table

Who is welcome at your table? Leadership Foundations takes this question seriously and recognizes that the answer is not always easy to live out. To welcome someone to your table signifies that they are wanted, heard, and included. Jesus is the perfect model of this welcoming.

 

Jesus created tables that were different from the tables that were common in his time. All were welcome with Jesus—in a time of strict class, race, gender, and vocational divides—and he paid a high price for this type of inclusion. To be at the same table—literally and metaphorically—is to be in close proximity and intimacy with the other, and it isn’t always easy. Whether we are sharing food, ideas, visions for the city, or organizational responsibilities at this table, we are engaging in the challenging and beautiful task that Jesus passed to us in welcoming all at the table.

 

At LF, we strive to follow Jesus’ example in creating diverse and welcoming tables. LF’s wheel of change—engaging leaders of good faith and good will, building the capacity of others, and developing joint initiatives—is aimed at creating tables like this. LF and Local Leadership Foundations work to bring people of all backgrounds together because we believe that collaboration—rather than isolation and competition—is how cities transform from battlegrounds to playgrounds.

 

Following Jesus’ lead, Leadership Foundations seeks to be a place where all are welcome at the table. Jesus has charged his followers not to protect the table, but to fling open the doors and windows and welcome all. We all have the opportunity to participate in this charge. Check out LF’s City as Playground episode 24 and episode 25 to dig deeper into LF’s vision of the Table.