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  • Preparing For the Crossfire:Equipping Evangelical Administratorsfor Service in Public Schools
  • At church on Sunday you hear…“The Church systematically, seemingly withoutguilt, turns one generation after another ofchildren over to a pagan, godless, seculareducation system that turns them from thefaith.” Ken Ham & Greg Hall, Already Compromised, p. 101
  • At work on Monday you hear…"These people have serious anger-management issues. From thespeakers’ podium, one hears a constant blast of hate directed atthe enemy du jour: gays, feminists, non-religious people,university professors, liberal elites, evolution, Democrats, themedia, Muslims, Keith Olbermann, Hollywood, progressiveChristians, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, public schools, globalwarming, France, etc….Yeah, I know the Religious Right claims tolove the sinner and hate the sin, but after listening to two days ofthis, I usually conclude that the movement’s followers don’t loveanyone who fails to agree with them.” Rob Boston reporting on “Values Voters Summit” in Wall of Separation, September 17, 2010) Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • How well is your programpreparing Evangelical leaders to deal with this crossfire?
  • EITHER:IGNORANT“…did not know what ‘evil forces’ were at work inyour school…” OREVIL“…acting as a tool of evil forces even though yousay you are a Christian.” (Adler, 1996)
  • Program Possibilities TEACH THE CONFLICT MODEL THE VISION ANALYZE EVANGELICALS CONFRONT COMPARTMENTALIZATION TARGET SUSTAINABILITY
  • TEACH THE CONFLICT Long history Facet of multiculturalism Conflict as opportunity
  • MODEL THE VISION Cosmopolitanism (Appiah) Convivencia (Hicks) Common Good Servant Leadership Social Justice
  • ANALYZE EVANGELICALS Unique importance in American culture Practical importance as leader Window to other faiths
  • CONFRONT COMPARTMENTALIZATION Starts with the leader “Secular Spirituality” (Flintham) Mine faith traditions for resources Check for role conflict Practice of “faith at work”? (Miller)
  • TARGET SUSTAINABILITY Wounded Leader (Ackerman & Maslin-Ostrowski) Reservoirs of Hope (Flintham) Tempered Radicalism (Meyersen) Adaptive Change Leadership (Heifetz, et al)
  • PROVIDE“Campfires” and “Caches”
  • Gary Sehorn:gsehorn@georgefox.edu