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What mission drives Regent College?
Enabling Christians to live deeper,
better integrated lives in God’s service in every sphere of society. We
are focused on equipping the whole
person – heart, head and hands – to
participate actively and joyfully in
God’s mission to the world. For us,
such people are pastors, artists,
entrepreneurs, lawyers, scholars,
teachers, engineers, accountants…
How do you view Regent’s role within
North American Evangelicalism?
Regent has a place in the wider
spectrum of theological schools as
an example of theologically serious,
culturally engaged, transdenomina-
tional Evangelicalism. It has been a
pioneer in some ways as the first
theological school primarily in-
tended for the laity, and by develop-
ing an extensive, internationally
known summer school program.
Regent has also pioneered as an
evangelical thought leader in the
areas of Christian engagement with
the arts, in marketplace theology
and in spiritual theology.
You are leading in what has been
publicly acknowledged as a challenging
time in Regent’s history. What are you
learning right now about leadership?
It’s essential to face reality. Some-
times that means making very diffi-
cult or unpopular decisions for the
sake of an organization’s viability
and long-term flourishing. There’s a
natural tendency to want to avoid as
long as possible making budget re-
ductions when it means people will
lose their jobs. One major role for
the leader in such situations is to
absorb the community’s pain. Clear
and timely communication is the
biggest challenge. People appreciate
that I accepted personal responsib-
ility for the decisions made.
How do you take care of yourself as a
leader? What feeds you?
Like most leaders I am very aware of
the importance of self-care for busy,
under pressure people, but less than
perfect at taking proper care of myself. Even so, I have a strong commitment to keeping the Sabbath as a day
of real rest, and to spending time
daily in prayer and scriptural meditation, especially soaking in the
Psalms. I am sustained by the prayers of many people, and by the wise
counsel of a close circle of trusted
peers who have no connections with
Regent and who give honest feedback and valuable advice.
Top leadership book recommendation?
If I could choose just one, it would
be Henri Nouwen’s In the Name of
Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership (Crossroad Publishing, 1992).
What is your top leadership advice?
Listen. The most important leadership skill is listening well – to God,
to peers and mentors, and to the
people you are serving. Really listening helps to prevent the problem
of falling too much in love with
your own ideas or theories, or being
isolated from the real concerns of
the people you are leading.
Rev. John Stott (d. 2011). His integrity, humility, biblical faithfulness,
passion for Christ and global vision
of the Church are truly exemplary. /FT
Jeffrey P. Greenman is president and professor of theology and
ethics at Regent College, an “innovative graduate school of
theology” in Vancouver
Leading requires listening
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