Mentoring Initiative

Leadership Foundations Mentoring Initiative

 


Mentoring Sites

  • can i buy gabapentin online Metro Atlanta Leadership Foundation, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Billings Leadership Foundation, Billings MT, USA
  • Charleston Leadership Foundation, Charleston, SC, USA
  • Justice Journey Alliance, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Indian Ministries of North America, Cleveland, TN, USA
  • Dallas Leadership Foundation, Dallas, TX, USA
  • Miami Valley Leadership Foundation, Dayton, OH, USA
  • Pillars of Promise, Des Moines, IA, USA
  • Lane Leadership Foundation, Eugene, OR, USA
  • The Center for Community Transformation, Leadership Foundation of Fresno, Fresno, CA, USA
  • Transform Scott County, Georgetown, KY, USA
  • GR Center for Community Transformation, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  • One by One Leadership Foundation, Immokalee, FL, USA
  • Jackson Leadership Foundation, Jackson, MS, USA
  • The First Coast LF, Jacksonville, FL, USA
  • Knoxville Leadership Foundation, Knoxville, TN, USA
  • The Root Cellar, Lewiston, ME, USA
  • Lexington Leadership Foundation, Lexington, KY, USA
  • CIS of San Fernando Valley and Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Memphis Leadership Foundation, Memphis, TN, USA
  • Urban Ventures, Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Philadelphia Leadership Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • New Vision, Philippi, WV, USA
  • Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Portland Leadership Foundation, Portland, OR, USA
  • Next Chapter Ministries, Rochester, MN, USA
  • Savannah Leadership Foundation, Savannah, GA, USA
  • Stockton Leadership Foundation, Stockton, CA, USA
  • Wilmington Area Leadership Foundation, Wilmington, NC, USA

A 40 Year Legacy: Sustaining A Movement- Episode 45

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

 

In the final episode of the series celebrating LF’s 40th year of work, Dave and Rick are joined by CIS Founder and LF Board member Bill Milliken. They talk about the inauguration of the Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center (CCIC) in Washington DC, ideas from organizational theorist Richard McDermott on how innovation is used to sustain a movement like LF, and what this means for LF’s future. Listen here and send in any questions you would like answered to info@leadershipfoundations.org.

 


A 40 Year Legacy: The Common Square- Episode 43

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

 

In this episode, Dave and Rick explore how LF has ventured into the public sector over the past 40 years. Together they delve into the necessity of engaging all sectors of the city- from political to social service to religious- on behalf of the common good. Listen here and send in any questions you would like answered to info@leadershipfoundations.org.

 

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Changing the World

The old adage—dream big or go home—certainly applies to LF’s vision of cities and communities becoming playgrounds instead of battlegrounds. Farfetched, outrageous, impracticable, might all be adjectives attached to this vision…unless Margaret Mead, who we quoted last month, is correct.

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

 

Here is another example of one of those leaders Mead is imagining—this time in Delhi.

 

In 2007, Catalyst Leadership Foundation was born out of Abhishek Gier’s deep dive into one of Delhi’s poorest areas. Amid severe poverty, Abhishek also encountered an abundance of grace as he built relationships with the children of that neighborhood. This, he decided, is what the Kingdom of God looks like in all of its sharp-edged glory. So he and his wife, Angelika, said yes to Jesus’s call to seek justice, defend the oppressed, and take up the cause of the orphaned- regardless of the consequences.

 

Catalyst’s big idea was to connect local leaders with neighborhoods like the one Abhishek and Angelika first encountered and change things from the grassroots up: a unique approach within the caste system of Delhi. Through these connections—powerful to vulnerable; young to old; religious to nonreligious—Delhi is beginning to be relationally rewired.

 

One of the particular projects built by Catalyst and its partners to rewire the city is an initiative that rescues girls and women from a life of poverty and sex trafficking. Catalyst’s work provides everything from education to employment opportunities to a supportive community—offering a future previously unthinkable.

 

Searching to build organizational capacity and drive further change in their city, Catalyst became a member of the LF network in 2008. A decade later, Abhishek describes the LF approach and wheel of change as exactly the tonic Delhi needs: a focus on leadership, support from a global community, and an emphasis on working together to address a city’s greatest challenges. Because of his journey, Abhishek now coaches other LLFs in Southeast Asia.

 

Beginning with seeing grace in street children to now coaching others, Abhishek is one of the reasons LF is confident that cities are becoming God’s playgrounds. Investment in LF is an investment in leaders like Abhishek to “change the world” into playgrounds.


A 40 Year Legacy: An Emerging Organization- Episode 42

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

 

In this episode, Dave and Rick discuss the emergence and evolution of the LF organization. Together they explore the formation of LF as we know it today and how LF has balanced the tension between organic and organizational realities over the last 40 years. Listen here and send in any questions you would like answered to info@leadershipfoundations.org.

 

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Changing the World

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

 

Leadership Foundations is graced with just such a reality: LLF presidents and their staff around the world. These leaders are the “group of thoughtful, committed citizens” that LF is convinced “can change the world” through increased mastery of the LF wheel of change. Stay tuned over the next couple of months as we introduce them to you!

 

Lisa Slayton is one such president. While remaining committed to loving Pittsburgh into a playground, Lisa has a particular passion for helping business leaders integrate their faith life and vocation. This vision came about working in the corporate world, where she realized many of her colleagues had a deep desire to build relationships with other leaders and dream about how to effectively leverage their business skills and shared values across the city for its betterment. Under Lisa’s leadership, PLF created the Leaders Collaborative (LC). The idea that if the participants saw their work as ministry, an indelible impact would be made in the lives of their employees, and ultimately, the city of Pittsburgh. The LC does just that; it helps leaders use their God-given skills to find the place where passion meets need in the city. Through the LC, leaders from across city sectors spend six months together being coached in the power of relationships to “transform the city of Pittsburgh into a city of truth, beauty, justice, and human flourishing.”

 

As PLF continues to take on this large vision for its city, Lisa believes that Leadership Foundations strengthens PLF’s work significantly. The LF wheel of change takes context seriously, not only allowing, but embracing PLF’s unique model. The LF Accreditation process made a series of recommendations to sustain and build a viable organization. The Senior Associate strategy, where Lisa not only receives coaching from Senior Associate but also serves as one, provides practical support, strategies, and fellowship with like-minded leaders.

 

These kinds of services are replicated throughout the LF global network, as leaders like Lisa and their organizations dream about their cities and drive the wheel of change to see them improved. Investment in LF is an investment in leaders like Lisa to “change the world” into playgrounds.


A 40 Year Legacy: A Global Fellowship- Episode 41

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

 

In this episode, Dave and Rick discuss LF’s organizational development over the course of its 40-year history. With a clip from LF founder Reid Carpenter, the conversation explores the early years of fellowship, the importance of the Incarnation, and the emergence of a robust global organization. Listen here and send in any questions you would like answered to info@leadershipfoundations.org.

 


Communities of Practice

For a movement like LF to flourish, organizational theorists talk about developing a learning culture—that particular way in which knowledge is gathered, packaged, and delivered.  Richard McDermott, in the Harvard Business Review, coined the term “communities of practice” to describe how this process works. Indeed, we need look no further than Jesus’s training of the twelve to see evidence of this theological reality.

 

McDermott goes on to write that every community of practice shares a basic structure consisting of three parts: a domain of knowledge, a community of people, and a shared practice. It is this structure that has energized and animated the creation of an online training curriculum called City As Playground: LF Training Essentials.  Done in partnership with our training partner, Street Psalms, this resource allows us to keep up with our ever-growing list of cities (now over 30) expressing desire to affiliate with LF.

 

Through the City As Playground: LF Training Essentials we have created six 90-minute sessions offered on a monthly basis by a variety of seasoned voices to ensure that LF’s gift of seeing the city as God’s playground instead of a battleground, first given to Sam Shoemaker and Reid Carpenter in 1962, is passed forward in faithful and generative ways.

 

In this context the City As Playground: LF Training Essentials is a result of three primary elements: a domain of knowledge of how the city can become a playground which provides common ground and a common identity; a cultivated, nurtured, and modeled community of colleagues that understand transformation is not primarily about the transmission of information, but relationship; and surfacing the prominence of the wheel of change as our shared practice by highlighting current LF work around the world.

 

Through the City As Playground: LF Training Essentials we have created a training platform by which many cities and communities will be able to develop LF affiliates to help transform cities from battlegrounds to playgrounds.


Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center Launch

Embedded in the very marrow of Leadership Foundations (LF), is the adage that we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. This idea emanates from Jesus who, in his first public debut, acknowledged his sense of indebtedness to his cousin, John the Baptist (Matthew 3). In this context, and with LF’s 40th anniversary afoot in 2018, the LF Board asked itself: how can we honor those whose shoulders we stand on and ensure that this veneration has a real-time benefit for the LF global network?

 

 

In response to this question, LF created the Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center (CCIC), named after Jerry Colangelo, LF’s first board chair, and Reid Carpenter, LF’s founder. Launched this month, the CCIC is based in Washington D.C. and will generate and scale innovative practices, programs, and polices in support of the LF network and cities around the world. It also allows us to say a hearty amen to two leaders on whose shoulders we stand.

 

Dag Hammarskjöld—the Swedish diplomat, second United Nations Secretary-General, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient articulated something that captures the very essence of this moment in LF’s history. “For all that has been, thank you.  For all that is to come, yes!” Through the CCIC we say “thank you” to Jerry and Reid and “yes” to the glorious future of seeing cities and communities become playgrounds.

 

Learn more about the Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center on our website!