The recent cruise ship that overturned and sank in Italy was a startling reminder of the Titantic and just how critical the role and responsibility of the leader/captain is...Those of us who know the story and are students of history or have seen the modern day movie may already know why the ship sank. It was not the iceberg that caused the ship's disaster and doom. The real reality is, it was the lack of leadership...To those who are serving and pastoring congregations, whether your congregation is the size of a row boat or the size of a cruise ship, here are eight  noted leadership lessons that can be learned from a sinking ship.
Some would suggest, why aren't we addressing the social issues and ills that are plaguing our nation and the world such as: the economy, health care, the conflicts in the Middle East, the conflict with Libya and other important issues. While these issues are critical, our focus through this blog is on us and the enemies we are facing and fighting in our personal lives. Yes, we all need to be aware of and doing our part in the larger battles we fight together, but we know for many of us, the most important thing happening is not what is on the news, but the enemies we are dealing with in our personal lives even at this moment.
Dr Eddie Glaude, Jr., a professor of Religion at Princeton University, has sparked a heated debate regarding the Black Church. Dr. Glaude submitted a commentary that claims the Black Church is dead and no longer relevant. He supports his claim by suggesting: 1) the Black Church has always been complicated spaces; 2) the Black community is more differentiated today and 3)the Black Church witness has become just a routine voice.
The question is "How does the Black Church respond to this claim and show itself alive and well?"