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Jul
19

Foundations and Practices of Collaboration: Shared Values and Practices

Last week, we talked about the foundations and practices of collaboration by looking at how dis-integration in an organization creates barriers to collaboration and partnership. If an organization isn't designed to practice holistic integration, it will struggle to work with those outside its walls.

Jul
12

Foundations and Practices of Collaboration: The Integrative System

Last week, we began a conversation on a new way of collaborating. It is a great place to begin conversations about collaboration. It reminds us that we are not competing with anyone – there is no competition in the Kingdom of God. We are invited to join others as participants in God's mission.

Jul
05

1 Corinthians 3:1-9: Collaborating in a New Way

Last week, we began a series of blog posts under the broad heading “A New Way of Collaborating.” In this new series, we will spend time looking at the practices, values, and purposes of collaboration in the context of Kairos as well as in the various ways that organizations are collaborating with Kairos.

Jun
28

Intro: A New Way of Collaborating

In July of last year, we began a series of blog posts under the broad heading “A New Way of Being.” You can read about it toward the end of this post. Our conversations about a new way of being were rooted in Romans 12:1-2. David Williams walked us through several posts that explored how the passage invites us into a journey of transformation.

Jun
21

Team-Based Mentoring: Mentoring that Produces Mentors

It was a day in spring when historically most students would have been focused on and stressing about exams. My conversation was different this day in that the student I was talking with had just completed a master assessment with her mentor team and she asked me, “How do I get to serve on a mentor team?

Jun
14

The Importance of Peer Accountability

When people ask us about Kairos or Sioux Falls Seminary, I like to think we provide candid and transparent responses in which we describe some of the great things that God is doing in and through Kairos as well as share some of the areas in which we think we need to grow. Sometimes, we have the opportunity to see if the stories we tell are what others see.

Jun
07

Diversity and Unity

Today we finish our series on the practices of the Kairos community by looking at diversity and unity. If you have been following along for the past year, you have noticed several references to the global and diverse nature of Kairos. Students and mentors, spread out around the world, represent over 70 denominations. Participants are following Jesus in a variety of vocations.

May
31

Localized Global Engagement

In a recent In Trust article, Karen Stiller recently wrote that Kairos, “Has touched down on six continents, lives out in four languages, and educates nearly 1,000 students through an outcome-based, highly individualized educational experience that is deeply and personally contextual for each Kairos student.” She went on to write that Kairos is ...

May
24

A Movement, Not an Institution

While earning my MBA, I spent a lot of time studying organizational systems and how they are formed, changed, and led in light of specific goals. One of the aspects of this area of study that always bothered me was how formulaic it seemed. While it is true that certain practices can create somewhat predictable results when it comes to working with people...

May
17

Theological Hospitality

In the Kairos Project, we talk a lot about “theological hospitality.” It is one of our defining practices and is essential for us to do the work God has called us to do. In this post, we are going to dig deeper into theological hospitality to correct some potential misunderstandings and to better understand just how important the practice is. Let’s begin with what theological hospitality is not.

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