Since I do not believe that leaders are “born,” but developed, I find it an aspect of the judgement of God on the Episcopal church that traditional Episcopalians often simply do not and have not stepped forward and acted as leaders, even when they have been given immense opportunity, gifts, and encouragement. But on the other hand, there is no doubt that leadership is very hard. So I enjoy learning about this subject.
Gordon Conwell offers a package of material that was developed from a three-year, Lilly Endowment sponsored study on leadership, as a part of the reading. For the course, we were to complete various assignments and one of them was to conduct an interview with a Christian leader on the subject of leadership, covering various issues, including call, competence, character, and community aspects of leadership and then present that interview to the class.
Needless to say, the first person that I thought of as I pondered the exciting possibilities was someone whom I believe is one of the great leaders in our denomination. So I contacted Kendall, and asked him if I could interview him and to my delight he said yes. On Holy Saturday this year, I drove down to Summerville, set up the camera, and we talked—early that morning—for two hours.
Each segment—nobly edited and uploaded by the StandFirm webmaster, Greg Griffith—is about 15 to 20 minutes long. This is the first of a 5-part series. In this section, Kendall speaks about his early years of formation and leadership.
I hope that this video series will offer an opportunity for reflection and encouragement for all reasserters in whatever denomination or on whatever little stone bridge you find yourself. - Sarah Hey