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Learnings from the EHS Leadership 2013 Conference

Posted on May 7th, 2013

Participants came from 17 different countries and 30 states, from the largest church in one state to urban storefronts in another, from the Congo to Germany. What struck me, nonetheless, was how similar we are, and how our struggles in leadership are universal. Three major insights emerged, for me, out of our conference: 1. Sabbath-Keeping as a spiritual formation practice is countercultural and extremely difficult for leaders in all cultures and contexts around the world. It truly is the starting point to slow down our lives. 2. Truth-telling is rare in all cultures. One of our pastors modeled “Climb the Ladder of Integrity” out of the Emotionally Healthy Skills 2.0 curriculum. His public admission, and correction, of a simple lie with a New Life coworker shook the conference. 3. The Western church has much to learn from dialogue with the African, Latino, and Asian churches. I was deeply challenged, for example, by the Liberians who are seeking to apply EHS to their nation. They were ravaged in unthinkable ways during a 14 year civil war. I watched YouTube videos on their history one evening after the conference so I could enter their struggle and questions around the integration of emotional health to biblical spirituality. If you were at the conference, what might you add?

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