From Theresa Latini
I’ve spent the past few days at Duke University Divinity School, discussing the topic of leadership with a diverse group of women and men serving congregations, denominational offices, colleges, and seminaries throughout the United States. Our “convocation of leaders” will gather throughout the next eighteen months for the sake of vocational formation, specifically to grow in our capacities to cultivate communities of faith and to create institutional structures that enable such communities to flourish. We’ve read an interesting array of books and articles in the fields of biblical studies, practical theology, and faith and health, and we’ve visited with an inspiring pastor whose leadership exemplifies an abiding trust in Jesus’ words: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (10:10).
The phrase, “leading from abundance,” captures well the central theme running through our discussions. Rest assured this is no prosperity gospel; this notion of leading, grounded in the promises of God and in the One who is God’s Promise fulfilled, won’t be found at the Osteens’ church (as best I can tell).
Leading from abundance begins with profound trust in God. It is a trust that the Spirit’s presence is already at work in our communities. It is a trust that Jesus Christ lives and therefore so do we.