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Tod Bolsinger

Leading into the uncharted territory of a post-christendom age.

Updated: 2015-11-24T12:35:59-08:00


What happens when you are a canoer who runs out of water?


Intervarsity Press created this video introduction to my book on Christian leadership in uncharted territory. Related articles Google and Jesus Agree on At Least One Thing Of Collaborators and Winter Coats

Leading into Uncharted Territory


If leadership experts, missional theologians, pastors, CEOs of Christian organizations, Christian leaders in the marketplace and higher education all converged to hear the adventure story of Lewis and Clark and discuss what it means for leadership today, this is what they'd say... "When Fuller Seminary decided to launch out...

Of Collaborators and Winter Coats


By Tod Bolsinger “No one would live in Boston without owning a winter coat. But countless people think that they can exercise leadership without partners…” -Ronald Heifetz “I’m going to need new clothes,” my daughter warns me. “It’s just a weekend trip,” I remind her. “I mean, if I go...


Living and leading in the light of a Christmas surrender. “What we are all searching for is Someone to surrender to, something we can prefer to life itself. Well here is the wonderful surprise: God is the only one we can surrender to without losing ourselves. The irony is that...

Google and Jesus Agree on At Least One Thing


Google might be on to something. But then again, Jesus had it long before Google did. Earlier this year in a New York Times article, a top Google executive said the company’s hiring had moved from typical resume highlights toward something more abstract. “Intellectual humility,” they called it. Without humility,...

Community and Necessary Things


“So, Charlie, when are we going fix that wall that’s falling down?” My good friend, Charlie heard the voice from the yard next door. Frankly, he hadn’t noticed that the wall was falling down. Charlie is not the kind of guy who notices these things. But, Jim, the next door...

Seminary Grads Give Schools all “D”s.


“Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him…” Ephesians 4:15 In my new role at Fuller Seminary, I have been trying to follow the example of our faculty. Academic Dean and Leadership Professor, Scott Cormode teaches his students, “Leadership begins in listening.” And Scott...

A Cure for Denominational Depression


I’m a pastor in a denomination that is in the middle of (yet another) divide. I sat through another discussion about exiting churches at our Presbytery meeting a couple of weeks ago. It was like being part of a divorce negotiation with a couple that still loves each other yet...

Partners in Failure


We sat together at a coffee shop in Pasadena. Me, a bit nervous. He, warm and kind. He had committed to fund the spiritual formation work I will be doing at Fuller Theological Seminary for the next three years. I wanted to buy him a cup of coffee as a...

The Whisper that Made Me Leave My Church


It was the whisper that made me leave my church. It was the one line that I heard over and over again in the five years that I traveled across the country first in leading a commission for my denomination and then as a consultant in organizational change. “Why didn’t...