A Re-commitment to Our Leadership Responsibility

Two years ago, at the Engage 21 Conference in Cleveland, TN, Raymond Culpepper articulated the truth about our individual roles in being responsible for the leadership trust and formation of the COG going forward.  I thought it would be beneficial for us to remind ourselves of this well articulated affirmation of the individuals who make up the COG to “rise to the occasion.”

Why is this important?  Because, from time to time…

  • People directly oppose and shame communication that isn’t only in the affirmative of present or predominant leadership consciousness.
  • There are subtle warnings and expressed social apprehension when the issues most needing to be discussed are discussed.
  • We forget that we are responsible for declaring paths toward a preferable future.
  • We sometimes lack the courage, the will, or the want-to to go forward in such a way that inspires people to want to follow.

Without a doubt some two years since this video, the denominational environment is less toxic and more permissive.  That is not to say that there aren’t social pressures encouraging us not to make waves or provide any sense of disruption.  With that said, in the face of shifting/changing denominational social expectations, what is the best response as people who want to influence direction and be a part of solution as Raymond Culpepper called us to do in the face of more subtle pressures to conform?

WATCH THE RAYMOND CULPEPPER 2008 ENGAGE 21 CONFERENCE VIDEO AND READ THE ENSUING COMMENTS HERE.

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