B.H. Carroll Theological Institute and Buckner International

Dr. Gene Wilkes, President of B.H. Carroll Theological Institute and I hosted a Leadership Conversation with a group of over 30 Buckner leaders (BCFS) and friends via Zoom Technology. The conversation was led by David Gusewelle, minister to single adults at First Baptist Church in Bryan and doctoral student at the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute.

Including Buckner leaders in this call was of interest to me since we operate ministries across Texas, engaging with staff and clients of different cultural backgrounds, and we serve people in six countries outside the U.S. such as Kenya, Peru, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

The focus of this conversation was a review of two landmark studies on leadership and organizations. We reviewed Culture, Leadership, and Organizations: The GLOBE Study of 62 Societies and Culture and Leadership Across the World: The GLOBE Book of In-Depth Studies of 25 Societies. While many studies on leadership look at the characteristics or practices of the leaders, these studies focus on what followers expect from their leaders in various cultural contexts.

The conversation was interesting, informative and practical for leaders in a multi-service and multi-national ministry. We are deeply rooted in Texas, the Western Hemisphere and Africa. I have believed for more than a decade that the ends of the earth have come to us and they keep coming. We live in a global village where the ends of the earth are next door. The expertise and skills usually expected of missionaries are now basic expectations for anyone who wants to make a kingdom impact in the global village.

I have accepted an invitation to be the convocation speaker at the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute graduation ceremony on May 24, 2019. I look forward to encouraging over 30 graduates, their families and churches as they celebrate this important milestone in learning. Dr. B.H. Carroll was instrumental in the formation of Buckner ministry in the 19th century. I look forward to making the connection.

I encourage you to consider the programs at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, especially the programs with an emphasis in leadership for ministry. They are both affordable and accessible. Check out the Buckner website for ways to get involved in serving vulnerable children, orphans, families and seniors.

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10 thoughts on “B.H. Carroll Theological Institute and Buckner International

  1. Thanks to Dr. Gene Wilkes, President of the BH Carroll Theological Institute and David Gusewelle, Doctoral student for allowing Buckner Leaders from the Rio Grande Valley, Dallas, Peru, and across our Support Services Center to listen in on this insightful summary of the GLOBE Studies. Several of our colleagues came away from the call wishing we had more time to discuss and ask questions that apply to our work at Buckner. David Gusewelle, Singles Minister at First Baptist Bryan, Texas did an excellent job summarizing over 1,800 pages of two GLOBE (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness) Studies that shift the perspective of Cross-Cultural Leadership in organizations from an American perspective to a global perspective. Excellent work David.

  2. Thank-you Dr. Reyes and Dr. Wilkes for the opportunity to share my thoughts on both of these books today. The principles introduced in these works are very important because they help us to understand and anticipate how to communicate with other cultures, overseas or in our own community. In our ministry to single adults at FBC Bryan, we have men, women, Angelo, Hispanic, African American and Asian members. Reading these works has pointed out to me that I struggle with communication and many times say and do things that could be interpreted as culturally insensitive. This is an excellent place to start learning about and appreciating different cultures.

    Again, Thank-you Dr. Reyes, Dr. Wilkes and BH Carroll Theological Institute for allowing me this opportunity.


    • David, thanks for your note. You did an amazing job of condensing 1800 pages into 4 pages of summary for our discussion, and then you covered the material in 20 minutes. Well done. I am so encouraged that this learning experience helped you see your blind-spots in Cross-Cultural ministry. That is the first step to becoming a better cross-cultural leader. The truth is, I recognized some of my own during our conversation. I am so proud of your work. Keep leading. Albert

  3. Great conversation yesterday! It is so important for global organizations and companies to create space to wrestle with cultural dynamics, geographical dynamics, and more. Thank you, David, for your hard work and insight, and thanks to Dr. Reyes and Dr. Wilkes for inviting us into the conversation. My favorite take-away: In the future, you must be bilingual and bi-cultural or…you will be by yourself!

    • Allyson, it was a joy to have you in the conversation. I am so encouraged you were helped by listening in and participating in the conversation. As we mentioned, the ends of the earth have come to us, so it is incumbent upon us all to learn how to navigate and lead in this new context, to learn how to adapt, adjust, and relate. To learn the language and the culture of the people we want to serve and lead is a top priority for effectiveness.

  4. Thanks to Mr. David Gusewelle for his summation of the aforementioned studies as they were quite lengthy. Additionally, thanks to Doctor’s Reyes and Wilkes for hosting the webinar that yielded some very interesting observations regarding the role of leaders in varies cultures. I was especially interested in the further comments made by Dr. Reyes as they relate to the border region/s. It is an unspoken belief that these areas are countries unto themselves. One question I had wanted to ask was related to Dr. Reyes’s comments on “cultural mentors”, specially as this concept relates to the increasing role of technology within the global village. What role does “media” have in defining a societies culture? For example, in the US, my perception is that the media is one of the most influential “mentors” of the culture. Is this true for other regions or do religious beliefs have a stronger impact, as pointed out in the webinar where Islam was a binding force for participative leadership in the Middle East. The definition of “media” is not limited to the CNN’s or FOX’s of television, but all forms of technology by which the societies’ “cultural norms” are disseminated.

    • Great questions! It would be interesting to also see some research into the role of social media. Specially in regions of the world where censorship is strongly present.

    • Brad, so glad you joined the call. I am intrigued by your question. The “cultural mentors” I referred to is a reference to Dr. Thom Wolf’s WV3 Theory for reading global cultures. Every culture has a predominant mentor or prototypical person. All types of media in any country is used to broadcast the worldview of the culture. The media is not the mentor but reflects the view of the cultural mentor. Just this evening I heard a fascinating presentation by Dr. Tim Keller about our cultural context in the USA. In previous generations, television shaped and influenced us; today all forms of media shape us, especially social media, with the average young person on social media an average of 4 hours a day. The “media” today is bombarding and influencing our generation with a distinct worldview. This worldview, according to Dr. Keller, has four beliefs: be true to self; live any way you want; we have no right to tell others how to live; and we must strive to be happy. So, here is a question for another day: Does this sound familiar or foreign to The Way?

  5. Such an important conversation given the diversity of the people whom we serve and the people whom we serve alongside. As a Brazilian immigrant to the US, Baptist University of the Americas alum and a current “borderlander”, cross-cultural interactions is a constant part of my life. It is refreshing to see that Buckner is strategically working (and positioned) to lead these conversations and utilize data and research driven frameworks to serve vulnerable children, families, and senior adults. Also, a big plus that we are taking the time to develop leaders who will be ready to succeed in our ever interconnected world. David did a great job in succinctly presenting the information on the two texts. Input from Dr. Wilkes and Dr. Reyes were practical and sparked curiosity for further conversations.

    • Thanks Diego! Buckner does lead the way with BH Carroll to engage critical topics in cross cultural leadership, especially in the places where we serve in Texas, the Western Hemisphere, and Kenya.