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Leadership from the Inside Out

James P. Bartz

While varying slightly from diocese to diocese or province to province, the Anglican Church has a formation process for leadership based heavily upon the creation of “one-size-fits-all” clergy. An accidental by-product of the outside-in process is a failure to honor the unique giftedness each leader presents for leadership and, ultimately, to capitalize on his or her gifts. This process sits in contradiction to the stories of emerging leaders from Scripture and the history of the church. In order to position ourselves for leadership in the present and the future, we must turn our attention back toward the unique gifts of each emerging leader while remaining acutely aware of the context from which he or she emerges and in which he or she serves.

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