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In Trust newsletter logo June 30, 2014

Paying attention to spiritual formation: What’s a board to do?

Spiritual-formationSpiritual formation is a topic gaining wide acceptance as a “growing edge” within many leadership programs in theological education.

Students desire it. Professors recognize its role as glue for the whole curricular strategy. Surveys lift up the need for seminary leaders to pay more attention to it.

Should seminary boards be attending to spiritual formation, along with their other fiduciary responsibilities?



The paperless board: Yes, but with caution

PaperlessTechnology is changing everything, including how boards do their work.

As a seminary president, for example, I advocated for a paperless board, which is a great tool for any group of trustees.

Over several meetings, our school transitioned to a thoughtfully designed, user-friendly portal to facilitate board business.

As a result, board members had immediately access to archives. 



Psychopaths and leadership

PsychoMoviePersonality disorders are all the rage these days. Psychopathy has been enjoying a particularly warm moment in the sun.

The idea that certain human beings who seem immune to stress, exhibit poor impulse control, and lack empathy not only can “live among us” undetected but can even thrive and outcompete their colleagues has a certain dark allure.

Is it possible that high-functioning psychopaths might find board leadership a worthy prize?



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