August 6, 2019
Predictability and transparency help people know how to do their work and why decisions have been made. And they set the stage to create a sense of agency, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. We need institutions, and they disappoint us. That puts all of us in a bind. We depend […]read moreabout What makes an institution trustworthy?
May 14, 2019
Pastors operate in highly complex social systems, and even with formal authority may not feel empowered to lead change. The key to building their sense of agency is to build trust among stakeholders and cultivate habits of care. Pastors serving in congregations have much more freedom in their daily work routines than teachers in classrooms or […]read moreabout The path to increased pastoral agency
March 19, 2019
Effective evaluation is about learning from one’s work, not judgment. It is a process that must be in place from the beginning of a project and be done in community, writes the director of the Evaluation & Communication Project at the Center for Congregations.read moreabout Reframing evaluation
September 5, 2017
Clarifying mission is just the first step. Leaders must then align strategies with the desired impact, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.read moreabout Name your mission, develop strategies and then evaluate impact