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The Integration of Preaching & Transformational Leadership

Convinced that preaching is the primary spiritual discipline for parish leaders and yet must be connected to effective leadership in other dimensions of congregational life, Mariann Edgar Budde, of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, pursued two projects during her sabbatical.

Convinced that preaching is the primary spiritual discipline for parish leaders and yet must be connected to effective leadership in other dimensions of congregational life, Mariann Edgar Budde, of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, pursued two projects during her sabbatical. First she asked how preaching reflects the relationship between the congregation and preacher and can set a tone for spiritual exploration and adventure within the community. At the same time, she studied how large congregations are structured to encourage growth and transformation. Her discoveries, outlined in her reflections here, have led to an integration of her preaching with transformational leadership. The work was made possible in part by a grant from the Louisville Institute.

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