Daily Archives: March 29, 2008

Leadership and Religion Part 4


In conclusion, the “Living System” of the Church is an organization that builds the community and identity by the way of constellations that are generalized to the church and allow individual contribution and benefit. This organization also translates passions into something useful, using the community, networking, and common knowledge needs.

Holt, D.T., Armenakis, A.A., Feild, H.S., & Harris,S.G., (2007). Readiness for Orgainzational Change The Systematic Development of a Scale. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Vol. 43 No. 2, June, 232-255.
Klenier, A., (2007). Organizational Ciculary System An Inquiry. OD Practitioner, Vol 39, No. 3.
Milton, L.P. & Westphal, J.D., (2005). Identity Confirmation Networks and Cooperation in Work Groups. Academy of Management Journal. Vol. 48, No. 2, 191-212.
Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of Practice, Learning, Meaning, and Identity. Cambridge University Press.
Wenger, E., McDermott, R., & Snyder, W. (2002). Cultivating Communities of Practice. Harvard Business School Press.

Leave a comment

Filed under Black Leadership in America

Leadership and Religion Part 3

Holt, Armenakis, Feild, & Harris (2007), discuss the readiness for multidimensional organizational change. The Church may say “What Change?” How we interact with people, “The World”. We are in the world and “not of the world”, the way we interact with youth guides the future leadership of the world. They youth now are more mature, have more knowledge due to the Internet and other media access, and want people to explain issues and concepts that most do  not want to talk about.

 An example is when “sex education” entered the school system. Parents did not want to discuss this so local government put it in the schools. These youth will one day become adults. I would like them to become “responsible adults”.

Leave a comment

Filed under Black Leadership in America

Leadership and Religion Part 2

The Building Up Of Identity

Milton and Westphal (2005) see a positive association between identity confirmation – based networks and cooperation and performance in work groups. Identity confirmation is the extent that others in a group support them, whether personal (based on individual characteristics or abilities) or social (based on membership in categories of people or roles) (Milton and Westphal, 2005).

The church has a social identity that allows members to bring personal identity (freewill). As members of the social church identity, how well do we promote the development of positive associations for personal and social confirmation.

There are three dimensions of translating passions into something useful:

The Key Domain

  1. The Community
  2. The Issue it faces is defining the scope of the domain in a way that elicits the heartfelt interests of members and aligns with important issues for the organization as a whole.

The Key Community

  1. Networking
  2. The Issue is finding people who already network on the topic and helping them to imagine how increased networking and knowledge sharing could be valuable

The Key Practice

  1. Common Knowledge Needs
  2. The Issue is identifying common knowledge needs (Wenger, 2002).

Leave a comment

Filed under Black Leadership in America

Leadership and Religion Part 1


Gareth Morgan, Peter Senge, and Eric Trist have an idea that organizations are “Living Systems” (KLeiner, 2007). The Church is an organization and “A Living System” for the “Living God”.

The Building Up of Community

Many religions have practices. The term constellation refers to a grouping of stellar objects that are seen as a configuration even though they may not be particularly close to one another, of the same kind or of the same size (Wenger, 1998). This concept can be seen as multiculturalism for people. The reasons for forming constellations by communities of practice are:

The Reasons For Constellations

  1. Sharing Historical Roots,
  2. Having Related Enterprises,
  3. Serving a Cause or Belonging to an Institution, and
  4. Facing Similar Conditions.
  5. Having Members In Common,
  6. Sharing Artifacts,
  7. Having Geographical Relations Of Proximity Or Interaction,
  8. Having Overlapping Styles Or Discourses, and
  9. Competing For The Same Resources.

Generalized To The Church

  1. Jesus Christ,
  2. Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
  3. The Church, and
  4. The Faith.
  5. Church Members,
  6. Sacred Writings and Art,
  7. Building Locations,
  8. Church Rule, and
  9. Souls For God.

Individual’s Contribution Or Benefit

  1. Common Good,
  2. Community Interaction,
  3. Leadership Opportunity, and
  4. Knowing We Are Not Alone.
  5. Support,
  6. Education and Culture
  7. Opportunities For Support,
  8. Order, and
  9. Missionary Work (Wenger, 1998)

This causes a single community of practice. An example is the United States of America and “The Melting Pot” theory turning into “The Mosaic” theory. The “sharing”, “having”, “serving”, “facing”, and “competing”. We no longer give up our old heritage to belong. With our interactions we now bring culture with us, to “share” with others, “serve” in charity, “facing” our differences, and “competing” through economics.

Leave a comment

Filed under Black Leadership in America