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.
Hope shines here!