"Preparing Adaptive Leaders" Is Topic of July 24 Panel at CDSP

President W. Mark Richardson joins former presiding bishop Frank Griswold and scholar Mark Jordan

BERKELEY, Calif., July 20, 2012 -- Church Divinity School of the Pacific presents an evening discussion on "preparing adaptive leaders" on Tuesday, July 24, featuring three Christian leaders:
 The Very Rev. Dr. Mark Richardson, President and Dean, Church Divinity School of the Pacific
; The Right Rev. Dr. Frank Griswold, former presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church
; and Dr. Mark Jordan, Professor of Humanities at Washington University, St. Louis.

The panel discussion, "Adjusting the Lens of Mission: Preparing Adaptive Leaders for the Body of Christ,"  will be from 7:30 - 9 p.m. at Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley, Calif. The event is free and open to the public.


In recent years, Christians have been examining the mission of the Body of Christ in a post-Christendom world. The Anglican Communion has defined its Five Marks of Mission:
 1)To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom. 2)To teach, baptize, and nurture new believers.
 3)To respond to human need by loving service.
4)To seek to transform unjust structures of society.
 5)To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

The panel will examine the preparation of church leaders in the context of mission. How can we preserve the richness, wisdom, and genius of our heritage in an adaptive way? How do we pass on our complex Christian tradition given the present culture in which many haven’t been raised in any religious tradition? How do we prepare leaders to adjust the lens of mission appropriately in response to context?

© 2012 Church Divinity School of the Pacific