Leading a Christian university has got to be one of the most challenging jobs in our changing society. Innovative and inspirational leadership is certainly critical for these Christian higher education institutions to not only survive, but thrive and develop the next generation of Christian leaders.
So what are some of the breakthrough strategies that are working?
Today, we have the pleasure of talking with Dr. Roger Parrott, who is in his 20th year as president of Belhaven University, located in Jackson, Mississippi. Being a university president was like joining the family business for Roger. He is a third-generation college president, and was one of America’s youngest college presidents at age 34.
Belhaven has received some of the top scores of any Christian higher education institution to take the BCWI Employee Engagement Survey. Tune into today's interview to discover the secrets to fostering an engaged faculty.
Find the full show notes at http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/51-roger-parrott-belhaven-university.
Cross-cultural mission workers are some of the hardest-working people in the world, facing challenges such as living overseas in a very different culture, often with a family and responsible for raising their own support. And that’s just the start. All of this raises the question, how can we provide the organizational support necessary to help these Kingdom workers and their ministries thrive?
Now, with new research from GMI and BCWI, Ken Harder and James Nelson join us today to discuss simple but powerful leadership practices to overcome these challenges.
James has an extensive background in statistics and analytics, dedicating himself to provide ministries with actionable research. He has also served overseas as a missionary.
Ken is the co-author of the book Help Your Missionaries Thrive: Leadership Practices That Make a Difference. Ken serves as a consultant to leaders in missionary-sending organizations, and he has been the project leader as we customized the BCWI staff survey for cross cultural missionaries. He has served all over the world and lived in Kenya and East Africa for a time.
Find the full show notes at http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/50-ken-harder-james-nelson-gmi.
What is the role of the Board of Directors when it comes to stewarding the health of a Christian non-profit’s employee culture? To help us with this question, our guest today is board governance expert Bob Andringa.
A respected leader in Christian higher education, Bob was president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities for 12 years and had a significant impact on governance in Christian higher ed. CCCU is the association of 175 distinctly Christian colleges and universities in 24 nations.
Some would say he retired 10 years ago, but Bob says he has “refired” as he coaches nonprofit CEOs and their boards. Adding to his “refired” life, he has also founded a new organization called Network Life, which is fueled by his passion that Christian students in secular universities to live and learn together as Christ-followers.
Find the full show notes at http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/49-bob-andringa.
How do we develop the kind of Christian character that builds a healthy, even flourishing, organizational culture? This is the question we are often asked by executives in Christian organizations who want to build their ministry’s inspirational leadership.
Today, we’re going to talk with a leader who looks to answer that question every day. Doug Nuenke is the U.S. President of The Navigators, a large ministry known for establishing life-on-life discipling relationships and equipping people to make an impact on those around them for God’s glory. He’s also the author of the books Making Waves: Being an influence for Jesus in Everyday Life and Five Traits of a Christ-Follower.
Find the full show notes at http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/48-doug-nuenke-navigators.