Journal of Religious Leadership

Articles by Volume

Fall 2017 – Vol. 16 No. 2

Introduction Carson E. Reed and Stephen V. Sprinkle

Earth Stewardship and the Missio Dei: The Leadership of Integrating Congregations by David M. Carlson

The Growing Church: A Case Study in Leadership for Change by Courtny B. Davis Olds

Leadership in a Changing Transnational Context: With a Case Study of Korean-Speaking Young Adults in Korean Immigrant Churches by Jinna Sil Lo Jin

Augmenting Practical Theology Methods: Developing Competencies and Capacities in Aid Enactment by Drew Poppleton

Real Ministry: Leading Church Change by Turning to the Reign of God  by Jean Halligan Vandergrift

Leading Different Small Groups Differently in the Missional Church by David Werner

Spring 2017 – Vol. 16 No. 1

Introduction by Sharon Henderson Callahan

Leadership Amidst Institutional Pain by Sarah B. Drummond

Obstacles to Change: Overcoming the Hurdles of the State Apparatus in Higher Education by Jamin Hübner

Teaching Religious Leadership in the LGBTQ Community: An Exercise in Theological Formation for Ministry by Stephen V. Sprinkle

Anthropological Telos and Leadership Goals in Theological Anthropology by Michael Wilburn

Manuscript or Notes? Author, Audience, and Spirit in Writing for Preaching by Anne Elrod Whitney

Leading from Abundance by Theresa F. Latini

Fall 2016 – Vol. 15 No. 2

Academy of Religious Leadership Presidential Address: Engaging Sacred Texts for Religious Leadership by Kyle A. J. Small

Reading Both Books: Revisiting Augustine as a Model for Teaching Religious Leadership by David Forney

Matthew and Learning Communities by Mark Lau Branson

Holy Dissent: Teaching Religious Leaders to Preach AGAINST the Text by Erica L. Martin

Cultivating Response-able Leadership Postures: Ricoeur’s Hermeneutic Phenomenology and the Biblical Text by Scott Hagley

Spring 2016 – Vol. 15 No. 1

Introduction: Light and Leadership by William M. Kondrath

Emergent Fault Lines: Clergy Attitudes toward the Emergent Church Movement  by Ryan P. Burge and Paul A. Djupe

Toxicity in Clergy Leadership: An Emerging Phenomenon of Leaders’ Personal Power in the Pentecostal Charismatic Church by Lim Siew Pik

Becoming McChurch: A Case Study of a Black Church Organization’s Transition from Leading in the Local Community to Creating a Global Brand by Richard M. Smith

The In-Ministry MDiv by Sarah B. Drummond

Opposability: Unearthing Christianity’s Opposable Inner Logic and Its Capacity to Form Leaders for Adaptive Leadership in Contemporary Society by Dustin D. Benac

Fall 2015 – Vol. 14 No. 2

Introduction by Karen Dalton

Disruptive Innovations and the Deinstitutionalization of Religion by Dwight Zscheile

Fostering Space for Creativity in Religious Organizations  by Michaela O’Donnell-Long

Church Leadership as Adaptive Identity Construction in a Changing Social Context by Jack Barentsen

Innovation that Honors Tradition: The Meaning of Christian Innovation by Scott Cormode

Song, Poetry, and Movement–Creative Exploration of Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook  by Sharon Henderson Callahan

Spring 2015 – Vol. 14 No. 1

Spiritual Formation: Retrieving Perichoresis as a Model for Shared Leadership in the Marketplace by Michael L. Davis.

Quaker Contributions to an Integration of Spirituality and Leadership by Jay W. Marshall.

Transformative Potentials of Liminal Leadership by Andrew J. Orton and Lisa R. Withrow.

Lift Up the Lowly and Bring Down the Exalted: Gender Studies, Organizations, and the Ethiopian Eunich by Aaron Perry.

Congregations as “Multivocal” Mentoring Environments: Comparative Research Among Three Protestant Denominations by Charles E. Stokes and Penny Long Marler.

Fall 2014 – Vol. 13 No. 2

Anxiety, Emotions, and Encounters with Difference: Exploring the Roots of Conflict in Congregations by Leanna K. Fuller.

Developing Effective Competence Through Spiritual Practice by Sara Shisler Goff.

2014 Fall Introduction by William M. Kondrath.

Motive and Movement: Affective Leadership Through the Work of Preaching by Carson E. Reed.

Hope in the Wilderness: Addressing Compassion Fatigue in Professionals Who Work with Individuals in Crisis by Sandra F. Selby.

Feelings in the Bible: Tools for Religious Leadership Education by Lynda Z. Tyson.

Spring 2014 – Vol. 13 No. 1

Preaching as Christian Leadership: The Story, The Sermon, and the Prophetic Imagination by Truls Akerlund.

A Missional Church Processes: Post-Intervention Research by Mark Lau Branson.

The Pastor as Expert and the Challenge of Being a Saltwater Fish in a Freshwater Tank by Quentin Kinnison.

Discerning the Signs of the Times in American Catholicism: Parish Pastoral Councils and Parish Pastoral Research by Craig T. Maier.

A Grain of Wheat: Toward a Theological Anthropology for Leading Change in Ministry by Brad Eirik Hallesby Norheim.

Pastoral Role Modeling as an Antecedent to Corporate Spirituality by Clinton Parker III.

Becoming a Built to Change Congregation by Robert Stephen Reid.

Fall 2013 – Vol. 12 No. 2

2013 Fall Introduction by Sharon Henderson Callahan.

Ministry as Spiritual Practice: How Pastors Learn to See and Respond to the ‘More’ of a Situation by Eileen R. Campbell-Reed and Christian Scharen.

Be Opened: Social Connected Within and Beyond the Deaf Community by Nancy Anne Marie Delich.

A Hermeutic of Appreciation: Cultivating Encounters of Spiritual Experience Within Congregational Ministry by David Forney and Stuart Higginbotham.

Liturgical Hospitality Within Deeply Rooted Leadership: Possibilities and Pitfalls in “Eucharistic Indwelling Engagement” by Lisa M. Hess.

Integrative Decision-Making for Christian Leadership: Prudence, Organizational Theory, and Discernment Practices by Paul Kaak, Gary Lemaster, and Rob Muthiah.

Pastoral Spirituality in Everyday Life, in Ministry, and Beyond: Three Locations for a Pastoral Spirituality by Tone Strangleland Kaufman.

Umunthu and the Spirituality of Leadership: Leadership Lessons from Malawi by Harvey C. Kwiyani.

Ecology of the Learning Environment: Creating the Context for Spiritual Formation by Shelley Trebesch.

Spring 2013 – Vol. 12 No. 1

Pastoral Leadership for Police in Crisis in Crisis by Alex Evans.

Mapping Interfaith Leadership in Richmond, VA by Douglas A. Hicks and Rachel Templeton.

Leadership in Effective and Growing Australian Congregations: A Study of Three Cases by Ian Hussey.

The Theorist, The Tactician, and The Translator: Faith-Based Peacemaking and Leadership by Peter M. Sensenig.

A Theology for Transcending Culture in Leadership: The Mission of God in Conversation with the Cultural Dimension of Power Distance by Shelley Trebesch.

Fall 2012 – Vol. 11 No. 2

The Ecology of Vocation by Scott Cormode, Emily Click, Terri Elton, Theresa Latini, Susan Macos, and Lisa Withrow.

The Teaching of Leadership by Norma Cook Everist.

Learning Religious Leadership In Situ by Will Houts and David R. Sawyer.

2012 Fall Introduction by Kristine Stache.

Insisto Rector: Provocative Play for Serious Leadership Learning by Russell W. West and Robert K. Martin.

Spring 2012 – Vol. 11 No. 1

Identity God-Talk, and Self-Critical Reflection in Religious Leadership: Contributions from a Latino/a Perspective by Isabel N. Docampo.

Leadership: A Calling of Courage and Imagination by Sally Dyck.

Not My Fathers Seminary: Leadership Lessons for a New President by Katharine Rhodes Henderson.

2012 Spring Introduction by Deborah Kapp and Lisa Withrow.

Presence, Disjunction, and Intention: A Woman’s Reflection on Leadership by Ruth Anne Reese.

Religious Leaders as Facilitators of Meaning Making by Sandra F. Selby.

It Takes So Much Energy: Female Tempered Radicals in Christian Congregations by Diane Zemke.

Fall 2011 – Vol. 10 No. 2

A Practical Theology of Leadership with International Voices by Mark Lau Branson and Juan Francisco Martinez.

What Does it Take to Learn Leadership Across Cultural and Religious Boundaries? Perspectives, Observations, and Suggestions from a Cross-Cultural Location by Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi.

Embracing the Other: Toward an Ethic of Gospel Neighborliness by Kyle W. Herron.

Spiritual Leadership and Transformational Change Across Cultures: The SLI Leadership Incubator by Bryan D. Sims and J. Paulo Lopes.

Religious Leadership in Global Perspective: Learning Leadership from Our International Neighbors by Thomas Tumblin.

Spring 2011 – Vol. 10 No. 1

Prophetic Leadership: Engagement in Counter-Imagination by Walter Brueggemann.

Participants with God: A Perichoretic Theology of Leadership by Jim Horsthuis.

Revaluing “Self-Care” as a Practice of Ministry by Mark Miller-McLemore.

Role Negotiation and Congregational Leadership by Raymond A. Reddicliffe.

Successful Leadership in the Early Years of Ministry: Reflections for Leadership Formation in Theological Education by Kyle J. A. Small.

Fall 2010 – Vol. 9 No. 2

Using Charisma to Shape Interpretive Communities in Multiethnic Congregations by Craig Hendrickson.

Introduction: Charisma and Religious Leadership by Douglas A. Hicks.

Transitioning from Charismatic Founder to the Next Generation by William M. Kondrath.

Charismatic Leadership in the Church: What the Apostle Paul Has to Say to Max Weber by Rob Muthiah.

Charismatic Leaders as Team Leaders: An Evaluation Focused on Pastoral Leadership by Douglas A. Tilstra.

Spring 2010 – Vol. 9 No. 1

Learning, Changing, and Doing : A Model for Transformational Leadership Development in Religious and Non-Profit Organizations by Skip Bell.

A Calm in the Tempest: Developing Resilience in Religious Leaders by David G. Forney.

Improvisation and the Practice of Ministry by Deborah J. Kapp.

Shepherd or One of the Sheep: Revisiting the Biblical Metaphor of the Pastorate by Quentin P. Kinnison.

Fall 2009 – Vol. 8 No. 2

The Center/Margin of Leadership Dance: Integrating Experience in Education and Formation by Karen Dalton.

Transformational/Servant Leadership: A Potential Synergism for an Inclusive Leadership Style by Steve Echols.

A Mighty Fortress: Religious Commitment and Leading for the Common Good by D. Michael Lindsay.

Via the Broken Ones: Towards a Phenomenological Theology of Ecclesial Leadership in Post-Apartheid South Africa by Elizabeth Petersen and Jannie Swart.

A God at the Margins?: Marcella Althaus-Reid and the Marginality of LGBT People by Stephen V. Sprinkle.

2009 Volume Introduction by Lisa Withrow.

Spring 2009 – Vol. 8 No. 1

Interpretive Leadership During Social Dislocation: Jeremiah and Social Imaginary by Mark Lau Branson.

The Integrity of Ministry: Communicative Theology and the Leadership of Congregations by Michael Jinkins.

A Contemplative Empiricism: Methodological Musings for an Artisanal Theology in Religious Leadership Formation by Lisa M. Hess.

Reframing the Economics of Pastoral Leadership by Douglas A. Hicks.

Culture American Feudalism, and the Conundrum of Leadership by George B. Thompson, Jr.

Fall 2008 – Vol. 7 No. 2

Leading in the Midst of Change: A Theologically Grounded, Theoretically Informed Hermeneutic of Change by Terri Martinson Elton.

Improv in the Streets: Missional Leadership as Public Improvisational Identity Formation by Scott J. Hagley.

Christian Leadership as Communion Imagination in the Public Networking of Organizational Companionship by Jannie Swart.

Gaining Perspective on the Theme of Change by Craig Van Gelder.

Change: Exploring its Implications for Religious Leadership – A Pedagogical Inquiry by Lisa R. Withrow.

Spring 2008 – Vol. 7 No. 1

Church Leadership in the New Testament and Today: An Interview with David L. Bartlett by David G. Forney.

Speaking Grace, Making Space: The Art of Worship Leadership by Kimberly Bracken Long.

Threats to the Formation of Pastoral Leaders in Theological Education: Insights from the Tavistock Model of Group Relations by Kenneth J. McFayden.

First Love and Second Loves: Revisioning a Paradigm of Hope for Pastors by Michael McNichols.

Fall 2007 – Vol. 6 No. 2

Betwixt and Between: The Power of Teaching from the Perspective of Immigrants by Alan Ka Lun Lai.

In the Market of the Cupid Vendors: Foucauldian and Post-Foucauldian Critique of Ecclesial Power and Leadership by Stephen V. Sprinkle.

The Trinity Applied: Creating Space for Changed Lives by Thomas F. Tumblin.

Defining the Issues Related to Power and Authority in Religious Leadership by Craig Van Gelder.

Success and the Prosperity Gospel: From Commodification to Transformation- A Wesleyan Perspective by Lisa R. Withrow.

The Trinity, Leadership, and Power by Dwight J. Zscheile.

Spring 2007 – Vol. 6 No. 1 

Learning Leadership, and Rapid Change by Sarah Birmingham Drummond.

Leading with Wounds: A Liability or Gift? by David Goodman.

Theological Interdisciplinarity and Religious Leadership by Lisa M. Hess.

The Secret of Marketplace Leadership Success: Constructing a Comprehensive Framework for the Effective Integration of Leadership, Faith, and Work by Mark L. Russell.

Spring/Fall 2006 – Vol. 5 No. 1 & 2

Roman Catholic Polity and Leadership by Sharon Henderson Callahan and James Eblen.

2006 Volume Introduction by David Forney and Craig Van Gelder.

To the One Outside the Gate: A Missional Approach to Polity by David Forney.

From Connection to Corporatization: Leadership Trends in United Methodism by Thomas Edward Frank.

Doing the Unspeakable: Identifying, Developing, and Supporting Leadership among Quakers by Thomas H. Jeavons.

Ordination Procedures in the Lutheran Church by Connie Kleingartner, Richard H. Warneck, and Richard N. Stewart.

Understanding Polity in Relationship to the DNA of Denominations by Craig Van Gelder.

A More True “Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society”: Toward a Missional Polity for the Episcopal Church by Dwight Zscheile.

Spring/Fall 2005 – Vol. 4 No. 1 and 2

Leadership Studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary by Steve Echols & Joe Sherrer.

Integrative Church Leadership: Columbia Theological Seminary’s Approach by David Forney.

Teaching Leadership at Asbury Theological Seminary: The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (MACL) by Rick Gray

A “Sense of Reality”: How Austin Theological Seminary Teaches Leadership by Michael Jinkins

Teaching and Learning Leadership at McCormick Theological Seminary by Deborah Kapp

The Teaching of Leadership at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education (Union-PSCE) by Kenneth J. McFayden

Serving the Promise of Our Mission: Leadership at Luther Seminary by Sheila Strobel Smith

Teaching Leadership at the International Theological Center (ITC) by George B. Thompson, Jr.

Addressing the Question of Canon in the Teaching of Religious Leadership by Craig Van Gelder and Lovett H. Weems, Jr.

Theorizing Religiously-Based Organization Leadership: Mapping the Intersections by Russell W. West with John Stoeckle

Theological Curriculum at Methodist Theological School in Ohio by Lisa R. Withrow

Spring/Fall 2004 – Vol. 3 No. 1 and 2

Sensemaking, Discernment, and Religious Leadership by Lisa R. Berlinger and Thomas F. Tumblin

Constructing Faithful Action: Inculcating a Method for Reflective Ministry by Scott Cormode

Getting Our Bearings: A Schema for Three Ways of Knowing by David G. Forney

Dwelling in the Divine Life: The Transformational Dimension of Leadership and Practical Theology by Robert K. Martin

“Mind the Gap”: Closing the Distance Between Theological Method, Theological Education, and Practical Theology for Religious Leadership by Robert K. Martin

Method in Light of Scriptures and in Relation to Hermeutics by Craig Van Gelder

The Hermeneutics of Leading in Mission by Craig Van Gelder

A Reflex Model of Leadership Development- A Concept Paper by Russell W. West

Fall 2003 – Vol. 2 No. 2

The Behavioral Competency Approach to Effective Ecclesial Leadership by Lisa R. Berlinger

Leadership in Ecclesial Contexts: Integration of Art and Competence by Sharon Henderson Callahan

Writing Cases in Leadership: An Occasion for Pastoral Reflection by Thomas Edward Frank

Five Loaves for Five Thousand: Practices of Abundance for Religious Leaders in Situations of Conflict by David G. Forney

Leadership and Theory: A Practitioners Reflection by Michael Jinkins

Christian Practices, Congregational Leadership, and the Priesthood of All Believers by Robert Muthiah

Church-Based Theological Education by Russell W. West

Spring 2003 – Vol. 2 No. 1

Fall 2002 – Vol. 1 No. 2

Becoming a Leader of No Reputation by R. Scott Rodin

Chaos Theory and Paul’s Organizational Leadership Style by Richard S Ascough

Docents in the House of Wonder by Michael Jinkins

Gender, Power and Leadership by Norma Cool Everist

Multi-Layered Leadership by Scott Cormode

Spring 2002 – Vol. 1 No. 1

Discourse of Leadership and the Practice of Administration by Thomas Edward Frank

Encountering God in the Image of Christ by Robert K. Martin

Shifting Images of Church Invite New Leadership Frames by Sharon Henderson Callahan

The Practice of Christian Governance by L. Gregory Jones

Toward a Redemptive Organization by Thomas F. Tumblin