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  • Roots of the Emerging Church

    Peter Drucker

    Business / management guru.

    Peter Ferdinand Drucker (November 19, 1909–November 11, 2005) was a writer, management consultant and university professor. Drucker's writing focused on management-related literature. Peter Drucker made famous the term knowledge worker and is thought to have unknowingly ushered in the knowledge economy . . .

    Heavily influenced by the writings of Kierkegaard:

    And it is this real Kierkegaard who is meaningful for the modern world in its agony. We have neither Saint nor Poet to make whole the shards of our experinence; in Kierkegaard we have at least a prophet.

    Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a prolific 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian. Kierkegaard strongly criticized both the Hegelianism of his time, and what he saw as the empty formalities of the Danish church. Much of his work deals with religious problems such as faith in God, the institution of the Christian Church, Christian ethics and theology, and the emotions and feelings of individuals when faced with life choices. His early work was written under various pseudonyms who present their own distinctive viewpoints in a complex dialogue. Kierkegaard left the task of discovering the meaning of the works to the reader, because "the task must be made difficult, for only the difficult inspires the noble-hearted". Subsequently, many have interpreted Kierkegaard as an existentialist, neo-orthodoxist, postmodernist, humanist, individualist, etc. Crossing the boundaries of philosophy, theology, psychology, and literature, Kierkegaard came to be regarded as a highly significant and influential figure in contemporary thought.
    Kierkegaard primarily discusses subjectivity with regard to religious matters, however. As already noted, he argues that doubt is an element of faith and that it is impossible to gain any objective certainty about religious doctrines such as the existence of God or the life of Christ. The most one could hope for would be the conclusion that it is probable that the Christian doctrines are true, but if a person were to believe such doctrines only to the degree they seemed likely to be true, he or she would not be genuinely religious at all. Faith consists in a subjective relation of absolute commitment to these doctrines.

    Drucker was also influenced by the writings of panentheist/mystic Martin Buber:

    "Mankind needs the return to spiritual values, for it needs compassion. It needs the deep experience that the Thou and the I [from Buber's book, I and Thou] are one, which all higher religions share."

    from Landmarks of Tomorrow
    Peter Drucker
    Martin Buber (8 February 1878 – 13 June 1965) was an Austrian-Israeli-Jewish philosopher, translator, and educator, whose work centered on theistic ideals of religious consciousness, interpersonal relations, and community. Buber's evocative, sometimes poetic writing style has marked the major themes in his work: the retelling of Hasidic tales, Biblical commentary, and metaphysical dialogue. A cultural Zionist, Buber was active in the Jewish and educational communities of Germany and Israel. He was also a staunch supporter of a binational solution in Palestine, instead of a two-state solution, and after the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel, of a regional federation of Israel and Arab states. His influence extends across the humanities, particularly in the fields of social psychology, social philosophy, and religious existentialism.

    Drucker established the Leader to Leader Institute in 1990.

    Established in 1990 as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, the Leader to Leader Institute furthers its mission—to strengthen the leadership of the social sector—by providing social sector leaders with essential leadership wisdom, inspiration and resources to lead for innovation and to build vibrant social sector organizations.
    Leader to Leader Institute, with our partner Jossey-Bass/Wiley is committed to bringing leadership resources from all sectors to nonprofit readers. Our books and videos bring together practical insights on the challenge of leading in an age when the old rules and conventional boundaries no longer exist. Our award-winning quarterly journal, Leader to Leader, offers cutting-edge thinking on leadership, management, and strategy written by today's top thought leaders.

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    Bob Buford

    Bob Buford is a business leader and social entrepreneur who co-founded Leadership Network in 1984, became founding chairman in 1988 of what was initially called The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, and popularized the concept of Half Time through several books he authored.

    Bob is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and of the Owner Managed Program at the Harvard. He has played active roles in Young Presidents' Organization and World Presidents' Organization and serves on the board of the Hauser for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard. Center Business School.

    Bob was the recipient of Christian Management Association's 2005 Christian Management Award. Bob and his wife, Linda, live in Dallas.

    Buford cofounded the Leadership Network in 1984:

    Started in 1984, Leadership Network serves as a resource broker that supplies information to and connects leaders of innovative churches. The emerging new paradigm of the 21st century church calls for the development of new tools and resources as well as the equipping of a new type of 21st century church leader, both clergy and laity. Leadership Network serves the leadership teams of large churches, as well as leaders in the areas of lay mobilization, denominational leadership at the middle and regional judicatory level and the next generation of emerging young leaders.
    Leadership Network is a nonprofit that helps innovative Christian leaders increase their impact. Leadership Network's main office is located in Dallas, Texas. It has also been less precisely described as "a non-profit church-growth consulting firm", "research group and consultant", "a church-growth think tank", and "a church consultant group".
    Leadership Network fosters church innovation and growth through strategies, programs, tools and resources consistent with our far-reaching mission: to identify, connect and help high-capacity Christian leaders multiply their impact.

    Leadership Network’s “DNA” is to work directly with pioneer churches who are testing and implementing the new ideas that will drive the Church in the future.

    Buford's relationship with Peter Drucker:

    Leadership Network would not be the same-in fact, might not exist at all-were it not for Peter Drucker.

    Before Bob Buford and Fred Smith Jr. co-founded Leadership Network in 1984, Buford consulted Drucker for advice. As a testimony to Drucker's profound influence on Leadership Network, Buford has observed, "Peter Drucker is the 'intellectual father' of most all that guides my approach to philanthropy. I've long since ceased trying to determine what thoughts are mine and which come from Peter."
    Both Drucker and Buford recognized the potential of these churches to re-energize Christianity in this country and address societal issues that neither the public nor private sectors had been able to resolve. Drucker was quoted in Forbes magazine as saying, "The pastoral megachurches that have been growing so very fast in the U.S. since 1980 are surely the most important social phenomenon in American society in the last 30 years."
    Beyond the personal pleasure it gives me to be in the company of such noble souls, my two great wisdom figures in this life, Peter Drucker and Lyle Schaller, tell me it is the most important thing I am working on.
    In 1988, Dick Schubert, Frances Hesselbein and Bob Buford convinced Peter Drucker to lend his name, his great mind, and occasionally his presence to establish an operating foundation for the purpose of leading social sector organizations toward excellence in performance. Bob serves as the Founding Chairman of the Board of Governors. Through its conferences, publications and partnerships, The Drucker Foundation is helping social sector organizations focus on their mission, achieve true accountability, leverage innovation, and develop productive partnerships.


    • #3
      The Leadership Network

      Mark Driscoll
      Andrew Jones
      Tony Jones
      Dan Kimball
      Brian McLaren
      Doug Pagitt

      The Leadership Network gave birth to the Young Leaders Network:

      Emergent grew out of the Young Leader Networks, which was launched in the mid-90’s by Leadership Network, a Dallas-based foundation. Doug Pagitt, Chris Seay, Andrew Jones, Brad Smith, and others were involved before I was, and they did a great job of setting a tone and direction for the emergent conversation.

      Rick Warren