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“Cruciform Excellence” in the 21st Century Church

The world changed dramatically in recent decades and, as such, what is expected of clergy and church life also changed. Unfortunately, churches and most clergy have been slow adapters. In this address Jackson Carroll borrows the word “excellence” from secular business models and adapts it to the unique dynamics of ministry and church life. Excellence in this context becomes “cruciform excellence,” and is related to the Gospel values of proclaiming Christ, welcoming the least among us, pursuing holiness, and negotiating our own mixtures of sin and grace, skill and frailty. Carroll expands the notion of “cruciform excellence” as a mission of contemporary congregational leaders that sees ministry as a communal enterprise, clergy resiliency in the face of setbacks, reflective leadership, and a willingness to avoid isolation by staying connected. Read this stimulating essay at http://pulpitandpew.org/sites/all/themes/pulpitandpew/files/Claremont.pdf.



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