LGP Stories

Personal Stories from DMINLGP

Aaron Peterson: Student Spotlight Bio Story

September 11, 2016 | no responses

Aaron Peterson

Aaron Peterson

Who is Aaron?
Aaron is a working priest.  Working priests are men and women throughout the world who pastor churches and hold jobs and receive an income outside of the church.  This photograph explains that.  Taken in Uganda while on a visit to bond with his 18 year old son, train church planters, deepen friendships, catalog and encourage Ugandan Vineyards, and conduct research for his doctoral program in Global Leadership, this picture truly is worth a whole bucket full of words.  This picture happened because of who Aaron is, husband, father, pastor, teacher, student, and friend of Jesus. (more…)

DMIN 748 Year-in -Review Story

September 11, 2016 | no responses

 

What a year to say the least. What has surprised me the most is that with all that has been going on I have been able to stay up with the program. I have taken on a lot more responsibility and some times I wonder if that is the right idea at this time. But I feel like it’s my job to take on this extra responsibility. It kind of adds spice to the whole thing. (more…)

Dawnel’s Hong Kong Visual Ethnography

September 9, 2016 | no responses

 

Whenever I travel someplace new and different, I anticipate what that place might be like. Experience has taught me that my impressions and assumptions about people and places are clouded when viewed through my American lens.   The Asian culture is one that I have only known from a distance. It is unfamiliar. Through visual ethnography, I can better observe and understand a culture different than my own, and can also more accurately reflect my experience to others. Before traveling to Hong Kong this year, my impression of the city and culture was based on American media. So, it was necessary for me to put aside my assumptions and to experience Hong Kong. I went to Hong Kong seeking, but not sure of the answers I was looking for.

Over the past year, my studies have touched on those things that impact global societies. We are living in a world today that is very much the result of a market system. In fact, some would even consider people a market commodity. It can be overwhelming to think about solutions to the inequalities that we see every day. The world continues to become more globally dependent on each other for goods, services, and economic stability. We are all susceptible to unrest and volatility.  Today’s modern lifestyle is moving at a pace in which people often find it difficult to have and maintain healthy social structures.  To me, Hong Kong presents a glimpse of what cities in America could look in the future, given growth and the migration of people back into the cities as they seek work opportunities. Hong Kong is a busy, growing city of over 7.2 million people.[1] It is one of the most densely populated places in the world. During my trip, there were times when I found my senses were overwhelmed and the pace tiring.

My reading this year of Collateral Damage[2], by Bauman, has raised my awareness of social inequality and the implications, or cost to humanity. Hence, I wondered about the conditions of those living in Hong Kong and social support systems to accommodate the volume of need. Bauman uses the term “collateral casualty” as he explains that marginalized people, or those living in poverty, are more susceptible to suffer from disasters or major issues. In the midst of this environment, I wondered how ministry leaders in Hong Kong respond to the volume of needs that they encounter. In America, the church seems to be loosing influence and failing to make a measured mark on social concerns.  The Council on Foreign Relations reports that China has seen a significant increase in Christianity, and if the current trend continues they will have the largest population of Christians by 2030.[3] Given this, I listened intently to the various Hong Kong leaders in hopes that I might gain insight into what is driving their effectiveness.

Scripture teaches to, “do you best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, ESV). I’m a goal-oriented person, who constantly seeks to solve problems. Thus, I approach every situation looking for answers. I tend to move from one project to the next, and work to solve one problem at a time. Accomplishments and milestones drive me forward. In Hong Kong, the needs seem to never end. Problems aren’t so easily solved. Vast amounts of wealth are evident, but many working class people struggle in poverty. 40% of the population lives in subsidized housing.[4] There is much, much need. I was taken in by the capacity of each leader and organization to handle the mass volume of needs. Through this observation, the Lord spoke loudly to me.

In his book, The Leadership Mystique, Manfred Kets De Vries states, “effective business leadership is never limited to the acts of one “heroic” individual; rather, it operates in a context of employees and of the business, industry, and larger social environment.”[5] In Hong Kong, Dr. Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, spoke to us about the role of a pastor. He reminded me that it is through the small, seemingly mundane actions that we can often make the greatest ministry impact. We heard from David Wong, the former CEO of the Bank of China. The Lord has worked through his leadership. Today, he works with professionals to find actionable ways to give back and to serve in their communities and in the world. Both professionals work in vastly different contexts. Yet, both revealed that ministry happens in the moment of our obedience. While achieving goals are important, our leadership effectiveness is gained through constant response to the Holy Spirit. It is the Lord who guides our steps and maps out our path, and the Holy Spirit who increases our capacity and effectiveness. Hence, two themes that emerged for me are that Christian leaders must have divine capacity and continuous discernment in order to be effective.

Hong Kong is a major port, bringing thousands of seafarers from around the world. Listening to Rev’d Canon Stephen Miller, we learned that many of the workers on the ships work in poor conditions as laws aren’t sufficient in their home countries to ensure they have basic employment protections. The ministry works to meet the pressing needs of seafarers and their families, such as providing a safe place for rest and sleep after long journeys and helping them to connect with loved ones through phone or internet services. Jackie Pullinger, of St. Stephen’s Society, shared her journey and how the Holy Spirit had guided her to work in the streets of Hong Kong, helping people to overcome addictions. The ministry has grown and the Lord has been faithful to provide sustenance and resources. Through her obedience to Christ and through the work of the Holy Spirit, many people have been healed from addictions. Both Seafarers and St Stephen’s Society have a defined mission.   They both serve the Lord and serve others, but they have a specific scope of work and a well-defined tasks. Their work efforts are focused. They don’t take a scattershot approach. To meet the needs of many, they stay focused on their specific role within the greater body of Christ.

Since returning from Hong Kong, I’ve reflected on the three themes: divine capacity, continuous discernment, and mission focus. Recently, I’ve felt my personal capacity stretched to the limit. The energy and wisdom shared by the many leaders that we met was impressive. I caught myself wondering how they manage to do so much considering volume of work all around them. In the noise of Hong Kong, the Lord spoke loudly to me. As I seek discernment from the Holy Spirit, He will give me my leadership cadence in the right place and moment.  When our resources are low, He restores and grows our capacity.

[1] 2015. Accessed November 22, 2015. http://www.gov.hk/en/about/abouthk/factsheets/docs/population.pdf.

[2] Bauman, Zygmunt (2013-04-18). Collateral Damage: Social Inequalities in a Global Age. Wiley. Kindle Edition.

[3] “Hunger Stats.” Feeding Hong Kong Hunger Stats Comments. 2015. Accessed November 22, 2015. http://feedinghk.org/hunger-stats/.

[4] “Hunger Stats.” Feeding Hong Kong Hunger Stats Comments. 2015. Accessed November 22, 2015. http://feedinghk.org/hunger-stats/.

[5] Manfred F R. Kets de Vries, The Leadership Mystique: Leading Behavior in the Human Enterprise, 2nd ed. (Harlow, England: Prentice Hall/Financial Times, 2006).

Hong Kong Visual Ethnography

September 3, 2016 | no responses

Visual Ethnography Learning Synthesis
‘Story’ Post Face-to-Face Advance
Hong Kong
By
Travis Evan Biglow
DMIN 737
November 25, 15
Jason Clark

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Personal Interests:
To begin, seeing a statue of Bruce Lee on the first day in Hong Kong was really a treat. Bruce Lee was a childhood idol I still love. Being in his hometown of Kowloon was something I will never forget. Other interests in Hong Kong were the churches and the Theological College we attended as well as the Island church.

 

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I enjoyed the lectures and learning about the Theological College we attended and what was really interesting was the cost of the land of this basketball court. The value of the court was the same price of the Staple Center in Los Angeles California. It was interesting to find out how expensive China was. Being a contractor and seeing all of the high rises going up was an eye opener. Because of the unavailability of land, they are forced to go up just to be able house the millions in China. Seeing is believing and

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I love architecture and construction and can concur with the words of David Morgan in his book Sacred Gaze. He said, “Seeing is helpfully understood as a great variety of visual practices, forms of engagement with oneself, with others, with the past, with the world engaging viewers as viewer look at them in one manner or another.” Never being in Hong Kong made me able to engage in the architecture and building in a new way.

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New Knowledge and Synthesis:

Some of the new knowledge I received had to do with relationships and leadership. Many of the leaders of churches and organizations in Hong Kong were from the United Kingdom and they were able to continue to stay true to their language and still be effective in their churches and businesses. “Leadership is defined by the relationship crafted between a leader and the people who decide to follow that person – happily or unhappily.” And I found that there was a relationship bonded by Chinese Leadership and British leadership. I thought that was quite unique. “People are products of their past.” And sometimes people don’t want to move forward because of it.
“Business is no different it too –is built on relationships.” They keep doing business together and that was some new knowledge I needed to gain. Because many people in the United States let the past be an obstacle for new dialogue in the 21st Century. Also reuniting with my cohort gave me new insight into what they were thinking and what they were dealing with in regards to school and their thesis.

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The new cohort and the faculty brought new insights into the program and global awareness of ministry within the Hong Kong context. Just being in Hong Kong was a new experience because I never have been there. The advance has made me sharper on some of the things I want to include in my thesis, primarily having more of a missional concept when it comes to leadership and the 21st Century.

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Practice:
Since the advance I have been reaching out more to my church in regards to going to them rather than just having them come to me. I am more aware of the importance to understand your culture and context and relate to it just the way it is. I have put into practice some things I think fit my context as a church planter. I have engaged in ministry outside of the Sunday service and have extended ministry to meet the needs of church members who cant attend regularly. I was not doing this as much as should have. I think the advance made me feel much more liberated to do this.

Application:
A. Minister in your context.
B. Form Relationships outside of your denomination.
C. Have an open mind for ministry.
This advance let me see a new way of doing ministry. When we went to the Island Church in Hong Kong I saw how you could meet the demands of a different culture in that context and not leave yours. I liked that concept. And then the Island Church and the college we went to were able to deal with the different cultural settings surrounding Hong Kong and they were able to form relationships without forcing them to change from some of their customs. And to do this requires having an open mind to ministry because you cant shove your religious beliefs into anyone you have to be opened minded to their religious up bringing and beliefs to at least have dialogue to introduce yours.

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Finally it was a joy to experience this cultural experience with my wife. It is easier for me to talk about the Advance because she was with me. As we both go forward in ministry the Hong Kong advance has built upon our worldview because we experienced it together. It takes weeks and months to completely digest the experience which makes it even that more of a life changing event!

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Bibliography
Li, Charlene. Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You
Lead. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.

Morgan, David. The Sacred Gaze Religious Visual Culture in Theory and Practice.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

Vries, Manfred F. R. The Leadership Mystique: Leading Behavior in the Human
Enterprise. 2nd ed. Harlow, England: Prentice Hall/Financial Times, 2006.

A Listening Ear

August 28, 2016 | no responses

Author’s note.  In place of visual elements, I have opted for audio only.  As one who deals with the reality of diminished vision myself, I am keenly aware of the challenges faced by people who have diminished or no sight.  I thought it to be a worthy endeavor to capture a few little pieces of this sound-rich world and share them in the context of this synthesis. 

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(These metal strips are inserted into every sidewalk in Hong Kong.
Designed to assist visually impaired people find their way around.  Kind of like brail for your feet!)

 

The sounds of Hong Kong.

We are studying the interplay of economics, church leadership and culture.  I am particularly interested in whether or not the presence of the church makes a substantive, measurable difference in the economic landscape of a culture.  Is it a contributor or a consumer?  I am hoping to find that the church contributes to physical and spiritual well-being for the individual in this life, not only in the life to come!

As I venture into more diverse cultures and societies, I am discovering some general principles to be true.  People are:

-vastly different yet in many ways the same

-mostly hopeful but struggling to have that hope sustained

-dreaming of a better future while managing the numbing sameness of present reality…

These can be clearly seen in an urban context where a massive volume of people are pressed together into a limited space.  While any major city around the world would serve to illustrate these points, Hong Kong seems to stand as quintessential.  Skyscrapers rise higher and higher as the population swells upon finite land space, there really is no where to go but “up!”  The struggle for sustainable life is real.  Surely here, surrounded by opulent buildings and smoggy air (signs of progress…), the human population would be advancing steadily!  Poverty must be close to being eradicated and the brotherhood of humanity will be on display, right?  Each one caring for his fellow man, laboring for the good of all…

Progress…

Do the sounds of progress reach the ears of those wondering where the next meal will come from, or where they will sleep?  Does the hustle and bustle of prosperity sound the same to the young woman openly selling her sexual services as it does to the traveling businessman who purchases those services from her?  Does a bourgeoning economy translate into overall human flourishing?  Today, we can travel to all points on the globe with remarkable ease, effectively blurring nationalistic lines but are we any better off for it?

(Close your eyes and press “PLAY”)

 

Where is the church in all of this, do we steward our economies to facilitate transformation?  Is there place in Hong Kong (and other urban centers) for a “balance[d] approach to evangelism and social action that is modeled after Jesus’ example of not only preaching about the coming kingdom of God but also ministering to the physical needs of the people they encounter?”1  If there is, it is not easy to find amidst the sea of humanity where hard work is rewarded with more hard work and even the popular art of this “multi-directional, hybridized”2 people has become techno-oriented.  The most popular public display of artistic creativity is the synchronous lighting of their skyscrapers facing the harbor each evening, a monument to their economic might.

It seems that Hong Kong is dead set in their desire to prove to the world that they are a global city with global aspirations and word-class economic systems.  But do these economic advances trickle down (out) to the average person on the street?

(Close your eyes and press “PLAY”)

 

Again where does the church fit in all of this?  It seems that instead of influencing the world’s economic systems toward providing fuel for community transformation, using financial resources to elevate the downcast, we have adjusted the other way.  Our “leadership” studies are anchored in the teachings of Collins, Friedman and Maxwell instead of Jesus, Paul and Peter.  We have modeled ministry in the church after prevailing economic systems.  Think about the typical gathering of the religious for a moment.  We show up (wherever “there” may be), pay some kind of admission price (tithes or other), observe the proceedings from the safety of our chairs, then go back about our lives.  It is the height of consumerism!  But do the communities around us look measurably different as a result?  While there are exceptions (Jackie Pullinger and St. Stephen’s Society come to mind), for the most part, the sad answer is no.  The sounds of the church don’t seem to reach much beyond the stained glass and polished wood of the chapel.  And how are those sounds much different than the Taoist shaking her fortune sticks?  “Bless me!”  “Show me!”  “Give me!”  These are the prevailing themes that occupy the prayers of the faithful…  In any language…

 

(Close your eyes and press “PLAY”)

 

Do we, among the clamoring noise, listen to hear the sounds of the people?  The hurting, broken and lost are surrounding us in greater numbers every day!  How will we make use of our freedoms to leverage these ones up out of the depths?  As global leaders, we must use the gifts of economic prosperity, capacity for travel and ease of global communications to make whole those who have been shattered by the effects of sin.

What remains to be seen is, will we?


 

  1. Donald E. Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori. Global Pentecostalism: the New Face of Christian Social Engagement (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007), 212.
  2. Kam Louie, ed. Hong Kong Culture: Word and Image (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010). loc. 220

A Shared Experience (Year in review)

August 21, 2016 | no responses

In a few months I’ll turn 50, a number that is high enough to mean I’ve crested the hill and I’m proceeding down the other side. Why in the world would one take on another responsibility, another degree, when the majority of my professional life is already behind me? What’s the point? Adding to such tension is the all around angst that has for me always come with academics: some people are better equipped for and enjoy academia than I am.  I came into this Doctoral program with such tensions and the weeks prior to the first Advance in Cape town only served to amp up the stress. I can still remember my first Amazon order with Bayard’s book on “How to talk about books you haven’t read” with its postmodern perspective and suggestions that seemed ethically ambiguous at best and unrealistic – was this some kind of joke? Pink’s writing didn’t calm any nerves – while ethnography sounds cool, something I’d enjoy, but her vocabulary was so academic I had to constantly go to my dictionary to sort through a paragraph. What in the world had I signed up for – heading to my first advance I was seriously considering withdrawing from this program. (more…)

A Bricolage

August 11, 2016 | no responses

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Bricolage, by definition, is forming something through the use of various materials or ideas, seemingly unrelated at first, but then creates a new understanding through their connection. It’s a new word for me, a “loanword” from the French, used for various disciplines.  With the revelation of the word, I find a way to articulate my experience this year with the readings, coursework, and interaction among my cohort.  A patchwork of materials, seemingly unrelated, form me through a transformative process. The ongoing integration creates something new in me, while built on what is, through the various disciplines of theology, evangelism, culture, leadership, and virtue ethics.  I’m a piece of artwork, a bricolage, shaped by the interaction of knowledge, head-to-heart dialogue, and community.

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Being in a liminal place…

August 7, 2016 | one response

We often say that life goes by too quickly. This past year has been a challenge in terms of time and capacity, but it is also an opportunity for growth and discovery. We all enter any program of study to move forward in our life journey. Most of us entered this doctoral journey not knowing how the program would shape us, but understanding that change would be involved. When I began the program, I knew that the Lord was moving in my life and the life of my family. One of my favorite new words that I learned this year is “liminal,” which indicates the state of transition or being both in the old realm and at the threshold of something new.  I know that my doctoral journey is shaping and sharpening me, and I can see that the Lord is molding my skills and knowledge for His work. (more…)

Communism and Christianity – a learning experience

August 4, 2016 | no responses

I headed to Hong Kong with a 12049324_10207152521638854_4478515330668186165_ndifferent perspective than our Cape Town advance. My heart and mind was filled with expectation of being with dear friends. I knew we’d be learning and experiencing fantastic things but it paled in comparison with the camaraderie and intellectual stimulation of friends—if not family—crazy uncle and all.

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Year in Review – Phil Goldsberry

July 25, 2016 | no responses

Anticipation” is rather healthy word to describe embarking on a DMin.  “Guarded Anticipation” is more descriptive of the reality of beginning a DMin at a school that you have never visited in person but only spoken to a few of the professors.  “Ecstatic Anticipation” is present reality after one year of being at George Fox Seminary and a part of the LGP6 cohort.

Every time you change institutions you have to “feel out” what the expectations for you as a student and what are the expectations of the staff back to the student.  Will this be experience be strictly academic and sterile or will it seek to embrace a holistic approach to the whole person – spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and educationally? (more…)

A Year In Review – Jason Kennedy

July 20, 2016 | no responses

Time Flies in a Doctoral Program

One year down and two more to go on this fast paced journey of doctoral work.  As I approached this time last year, there were many things changing in my life.  We were interviewing for a new position and anticipating a cross-country move, getting our house ready to sell, and preparing our kids for a new adventure.  On top of all of this, I had entered into a doctoral program.  While I was convinced that I needed to pursue this educational goal, I was not sure if I had what it took to finish the program.  Truth be told, I am still not convinced that I have the right stuff to finish. (more…)

Jason Kennedy: A Student Spotlight

July 20, 2016 | no responses

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Who is Jason Kennedy?  Hailing from Texas, but rooting for the Oklahoma Sooners, Jason Kennedy is the youngest of 3 children born to Dean and Sandie Kennedy.  Jason grew up in a nuclear family where his mother and father have never divorced and instilled a work ethic into him.  The Kennedy’s were pretty typical in their lower middle class neighborhood in Mesquite, Texas (a suburb outside of Dallas) devoting themselves to work, family and God.

As a son of a church deacon, Jason gave his life to Christ early, but it did not stick until the summer of his senior year in High School in 1994.  From there, he felt a call to the ministry and has been pursuing it ever since and even preached his first sermon before he was nineteen, which he admits is the worst sermon he has ever heard, and led a small group and high school youth group before he was 20.

Jason is passionate about God, the church and education although education was pursued more vigorously in his late 20s.  Jason has been in ministry for 20 years and has done everything from children’s ministry and youth ministry to being an executive pastor and now currently serves a small congregation in Grapevine, Texas (a suburb in the Dallas-Ft Worth Metroplex) as a senior pastor which is something Jason swore he would never do, but he now realizes this is truly what God has gifted him to do.

Along his ministry journey, Jason met and married a beautiful doctor who is way out of his league.  Her name is Rachel and he met her while he was serving a church in Tulsa that her grandparents attended.  They have been married for 13 years and have two of the greatest little girls on the planet, Clara age 9 and Ellie age 6.  While Jason is not chasing his girls around the Metroplex, he is playing golf, reading, watching the Sooners, Stars, Cowboys, Rangers or Mavericks.

As Jason progressed through ministry, he realized that the church is the hope for the world.  It is God’s primary vehicle that carries the responsibility to equip the saints to spread the Gospel to all the world.  The church and God’s word has been Jason’s passion.  He has a desire to teach and preach the Bible in a way that engages people’s hearts and heads as well as challenges them to spread the message of Christ to everyone they meet. He truly believes that the word does the work in people’s lives.  It is for this reason that he takes the word of God as the authority and believes it must be preached.

In 2007, Jason began pursuing higher education.  Interestingly, Kennedy never had a desire to attend college when he started ministry.  It is his mother who reminds him quite often of this fact.  Despite the slow start, Jason has received a Master’s in Organizational Leadership, a Master’s of Divinity equivalency and is now pursuing a doctor of ministry degree.  The more Jason studies, the more he is thankful for not giving up on a higher education, and he has a desire to teach and train the Word of God to other ministers around the world.

While there are many more things that can be said about Jason Kennedy, the most important is that he has a deep desire to know God.  He knows that Christ has saved him and redeemed him, and it is his faith that is at the center of all he does.  Whether it is fun, family life or church, Jason earnestly attempts to make God the focal point of his life.

 

The Gift: Year One

July 19, 2016 | no responses

Launching fireworks is one of my favorite ways to celebrate our country’s Declaration of Independence. With The 4th just a couple of days away, I can’t stop thinking about an important Chinese holiday called National Day. I learned about National Day last October 1st, while witnessing the largest fireworks show in the world. This Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership and Global Perspectives Program is a God given gift to me. That night, sipping wine and eating expensive cheeses while feeling the boom of the colorful explosions on the penthouse balcony of the Mariners Hotel overlooking Victoria Bay, is just one of many experiences this past year that have helped transform my life and leadership. (more…)

Year-in-Review Story (Pablo Morales)

July 16, 2016 | no responses

Year in review 1About a year ago I was flying to Hong Kong to start a new stage in my education. Since then, the many concepts learned in my doctoral program have helped me gain better understanding as I lead Ethnos Bible Church. Deepening my understanding of God, of my context, and of myself have sharpened some of my perspectives in pastoral leadership. So far my studies have helped me grow in those three areas. I had never done a self-assessment to learn about my personality type or leadership style. I had never studied the repercussions of a capitalist system or reflected on the local implications of globalization. Previous to my research I did not understand the American struggle with segregation and its impact on the dynamics of a multiethnic ministry. Now words like “consumer culture” and “glocal” are part of my vocabulary. (more…)

Year in Review Norwood

July 12, 2016 | no responses

IMG_8729It seems like is was forever ago that I boarded a plane to go to Hong Kong.  Fortunately, I knew I was meeting friends in this foreign country to start a new journey.   One we had agreed to do together.   But we were going to be meeting new people, meeting new professors and new advisors.   This was the start of a new adventure to become a doctor of leadership and global perspectives.   Who knew what in the world that meant?  I remember getting off the plane in Hong Kong and seeing things in English and was really surprised at how easy it was to navigate to the city center and take in the sights and sounds of this new place for me in the world. (more…)

A Hinge-Pin

July 11, 2016 | no responses

A hinge-pin. That’s the best word I can think of to describe the last two years’ work in the DMin, Leadership with Global Perspectives. A hinge-pin for my life and vocational ministry. This program is the swing point from what was into what will be. And more specifically, the last year has been the hinge-pin’s hinge-pin, tightening my focus even further. The reality of a shrinking/flattening globe has been foregrounded into clear focus in ways that I could have never forecast when I began considering this program three years ago. There are a few specific areas to which I will direct some comments. (more…)

Year-in-Review – Colleen Batchelder

July 11, 2016 | no responses

In the midst of political turmoil, religious upheaval and economic uncertainty, I’m brought before the presence of God – I’m brought to a place of identity – a place of surrender. As the world spins and my generation convenes on the steps of cathedrals and coffee shops, I’m challenged to lean into the cries of my culture and understand their heartbeat. Steven Bevans, author of Models of Contextual Theology, reveals, “Christianity, if it is to be faithful to its deepest roots and to its most basic instinct, must continue God’s incarnation in Jesus by becoming contextual.”[1] In the midst of societal degeneration, leadership deterioration and church failure, I have been challenged to be the contextual incarnation of Christ. (more…)

Year-in Review Blog Story Post – Amazing Grace

July 11, 2016 | no responses

At the close of one year of the Doctor of Ministry, Leadership Global Perspective studies, I think back to how elated I was when I got accepted into George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Since I don’t fit the usual profile of the candidates for this program, I am especially grateful to the faculty for affording me the opportunity to participate in this exceedingly innovative program. It enables me to swim in the same deep waters of the well-accomplished, highly esteemed, big fish of my cohort 6. But, they are also gracious and do not gobble me up, but gently move me along with them. I acknowledge that it is only by the grace of God that I got accepted into this program, and it is only by the grace of God that I will be successful in earning my doctoral degree. The journey thus far, has been exhilarating, challenging, thought-proving, and humbling.

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Garfield Harvey’s Year-in-Review

July 10, 2016 | no responses

2015-09-26 17.49.17Well, my first calendar year of this doctoral program is complete. Each semester was a little different but strategic in preparing us for the next semester. I knew so much about Hong Kong (theoretically) before visiting, and as I write this blog, I feel like I have already visited London. Everyone is qualified to be in the program because IMG_8724of our previous graduate degree or degrees. However, we quickly learned that the more we learn, the more we realize that we do not know. This is a ministry degree, but it is not a church degree program. This doctoral program embraces global leadership with ministry context in 2015-10-02 02.40.15 - Copyevery facet in that my mentor lives in London, and my advisor lives in Australia, while the program directors live in Oregan. Most blended programs (online and face-to-face) limit their writings to discussion boards, but George Fox used a combination of blogs to help us create an online social community without the academic jargon. Writing blogs gave us an opportunity to develop our confidence as leaders, while exposing us to a world of public critique and preparedness to defend our writing. (more…)

Martineau: Year-In-Review

July 9, 2016 | no responses

It is amazing how fast these past two years have gone by. When I started the George Fox DMIN LGP program I wasn’t sure if I could make it. Now I’m not sure how I made it this far in ministry without this program. This program has broadened my ministry approach and given me a greater footing and security as I lead those around me.

When choosing the George Fox DMIN program I was looking for a school that would provide an affordable and excellent education. I was looking for a program that guiding me towards forming my own beliefs instead of just telling me what to believe. I was also looking for a program that would be challenging and help me in my current role as a Pastor. (more…)