Shepherds in training

Reinventing leadership

Seminaries generally do a fine job of educating the minds of people who are called into ministry. But how well do they form the hearts and spirits of those people? Do seminaries build leaders who are servants of Christ?

Gordon Cosby, longtime pastor of the Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C., thinks that seminaries do far too little to shape people as ministers of the gospel. (See our interview with Gordon Cosby.) Along with Rebecca Stelle, a Lutheran minister, Cosby is trying to reinvent leadership training. Among the many things that are not necessary in his program: buildings, faculty and a shelf full of books. What is needed are patience, discipline and a willingness to surrender one’s ego.


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