Britton speaks with bishops on preparing entrepreneurial leaders

Berkeley Divinity School Dean Joseph Britton spoke on the theme of “entrepreneurial leadership,” sharing the model that Berkeley Divinity School has developed to prepare leaders for the church, at the March 25-30 spring meeting of the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops held at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC.   

Britton highlighted the school’s Leadership Colloquium, which has developed over the past few years, as a key initiative. The theme of the most recent colloquium series was “Behold I am Doing a New Thing: Transforming Discipleship in the 21st Century.” The colloquium sought to engage students in experiencing a parish, school or other ministry where some one thing, done really well, has transformed the community.  Students read David Gortner’s book Transforming Evangelism and engaged with church leaders and with each other in small groups exploring creative ministries and progressive evangelism.  Students also visited local sites where new and creative ministries are flourishing, including St. Martin de Porres Academy, a tuition-free, extended-day Nativity-Miguel middle school where they met with the founder, Jay Bowes, and heard from two students about the gift of this school and its leaders in their lives.

Other speakers for the BDS Colloquium series included: Peter Stebinger ’80 M.Div., rector of Christ Church in Bethany, CT, a small rural parish that raised close to half a million dollars to build a residential school for AIDS orphans in Nambali, Kenya; Harold “Skip” Masback ’94 M.Div., pastor of the Congregational Church of New Canaan, which has over 300 young people enrolled in its youth programs; and the Rev. Monique Ellison, from Listening Hearts in Baltimore, MD, who spoke about drawing from community organizing practices to build relationships and listen for the needs of a community.

The goal of Berkeley’s annual Colloquium series is to support students in their growth and formation so that they can discover the leadership abilities and gifts that God has given them.  As a seminary, Berkeley seeks to identify new and innovative ways to assist students in the journey of “inner transformation” so that they will grow into courageous, creative leaders, building up the Body of Christ.

Posted: 05/02/2011