Is Leadership Developed from the “Inside-Out” or “Outside-In” or Both?

How does a community develop leadership?

There is a bias toward specialization which means that those who are insiders or those with  “special knowledge” are given the authority to make decisions and implement change. Leadership in the church community, however, can also occur when outsiders are empowered to lead.

The Iona Project is a study of leadership. The Iona Project is a study of flow…does creativity in the church flow from the “inside-out” or the “outside-in” or in both directions simultaneously?

The Mendocino Presbyterian Church Session believes that the core values of the Gospel are understood by all people. We do not believe in “hidden knowledge” or knosis. Instead, we believe that the grace of God is available to all people. We reject the premise that the love of Jesus is only available to “some people”; instead we lift up the Gospel stories which call us to work for justice, peace, and love transforming community.  In this regard we will connect with the Iona Community which is a dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace and social justice, rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship. At the same time, we are thankful that the Iona community is not about a bunch of “isms” whereby people becomes pushed to the side and marginalized. The Iona community embraces partners who “actively and urgently seek to work in partnership with all people of goodwill who share our commitment to just and non-violent action, irrespective of nationality, religion or political creed.”


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