Winebrenner Theological Seminary is continually organizing and reorganizing around mission and strategy. During a recent presentation to the Administrative Council of the Churches of God, General Conference (CGGC), I mentioned that Winebrenner is currently working through multiple personnel changes simultaneously. While I’m tempted to say that “we’re in a time of transition” I don’t want to suggest that once this season of transition is “over” that we’ll settle into a sense of permanence and stability. It’s worth repeating to let the reality sink in…in order to be adaptive to a rapidly changing environment, we are continually organizing and reorganizing around mission and strategy.
However, there are ways in which we can provide continuity in the midst of rapid and continual change. I’m excited to announce that Winebrenner will be hiring an Executive Director in a newly created role. I will work closely with this position to keep Winebrenner’s mission, vision, and strategy moving forward. In an overly simplistic description, I will work primarily with our Board of Trustees and external stakeholders such as collaborative partners, while the Executive Director will work internally to implement and execute our mission and strategy. Together, we will provide a steady presence that permits the necessary care for the mission and those who work tirelessly to carry it out as well as the needed engagement with the chaotic world in which we fulfill our mission.
You can learn more about the position by clicking here.
If you are interested or intrigued by the model of President/Executive Director, I encourage you to read Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman and Mark Winters. This book, along with Traction and a few others, outlines what Wickman calls the “Entrepreneurial Operating System” (EOS). EOS uses the terms “Visionary” and “Integrator” instead of President and Executive Director, but the goals are similar. In the coming months Winebrenner will be talking more about how the EOS can assist in our overall approach to theological education.
Let me know if you would like to talk more about this position or how it will allow us to better carry out God’s mission for Winebrenner! We are moving forward in an intentional and deliberate manner – if you, or someone you know, may be interested I encourage them to let me know as soon as possible so that we can discern next steps.
- Brent C. Sleasman, President