Rhythm In Twenty is an interesting approach to developing young leaders. It’s a two-year program for church leaders age 25-35 that takes a group of twenty on a number of spiritual retreats and formative experiences that create new rhythms of faith and leadership. I don’t know enough about the program to vouch for it, but it’s an interesting approach. Right now, leadership development in the ELCIC is tightly defined, hierarchical and generally quite linear. Committees choose candidates, move them through several years of education, bestow titles, and connect them with a church. But we live in a world requiring a complex adaptive approach to the discontinuous change our churches face. Do we need a more dynamic approach? We need to educate leaders well, but education alone does not a leader make. What if we created new approaches to leadership that helped people (clergy and others), explore the ways God is working in their lives and shaping them for service. Maybe it’s a one year intensive experience like Vantage Point 3, perhaps it’s a two year series of retreats like Rhythm in Twenty, perhaps it’s a degree from a seminary, or maybe a mixture of experiences. Whatever the case, we would do well to re-imagine leadership development in our context.
What if…we trained leaders in new ways?