Author: Scott Cormode

Scott Cormode, PhD, is a senior fellow at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership and is the Hugh De Pree Associate Professor of Leadership Development at Fuller Seminary. The Hugh De Pree faculty chair was established by the family of the late Hugh De Pree, an accomplished leader and former CEO of Herman Miller, Inc., and brother of Max De Pree.

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The Weary Worker Rejoices

I am weary and so are you. I learned why from a treasured mentor. “The pandemic was not one crisis,” he explained, “it was four crises. We experienced a health crisis, an economic crisis, a racial crisis, and a political crisis all at the same time.” The crises washed over us like waves.

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The Christian Practice of Vocation

I need to figure out what my people’s needs are and then cultivate the strengths to address those needs—whether or not those strengths come naturally to me.

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The Innovative Church: How Leaders and Their Congregations Can Adapt in an Ever-Changing World

The Innovative Church: How Leaders and Their Congregations Can Adapt in an Ever-Changing World The church as we know it is calibrated for a…

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Graffiti of Jesus with a crown of thorns

Mental Models

The best leaders change the way that we see the world by changing “mental models” – just as Jesus did.

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A field of wheat

God Gives the Increase

Christian leadership is like farming.  There are no guaranteed outcomes.  All we can do is create the environment for growth and then pray that God gives the increase.

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Enlightened Eyes

The Apostle Paul prays that not that God will do anything new, but instead that the Ephesians will see what God has already done.

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A tumbleweed in the middle of a road


Christian leaders do not have followers; they have people entrusted to their care.  And sometimes God rolls those people into our lives like tumbleweeds.

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The Meaning of Christian Leadership

We Christians spend our days and nights like farmers; we are tending the people whom God has entrusted to our care. But we cannot make the people grow.

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With Ideas, Quantity Creates Quality

Ideas are like saplings; you measure them in quantity, not quality.

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Christian Leaders Transform Mental Models

Transforming mental models is so powerful because the new mental models change the way people act in the world.

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MLK in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. The purpose of the march was to advocate for the civil and economic rights of African Americans.

Mental Models, MLK, and Christian Innovation

Mental models define how we think things “should” be.  They create, without our knowing it, the boundaries of what is possible in our minds.  The genius of Dr Martin Luther King, among other things, was his ability to create new mental models.

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How to Learn to Listen Well

This little piece will offer an analogy for how to learn to listen so as to be transformed. Then it will offer some steps to help yourself and your congregation learn to listen well.

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Webinar: Innovation for Vocation

Webinar by Scott Cormode, hosted by Michaela O’Donnell Long.

This webinar described how Scott’s research on innovation can help us reinvent the Christian practice of vocation.

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Webinar: The Innovative Church

Webinar by Scott Cormode, hosted by Tod Bolsinger.

This webinar describes a process for innovation that any congregation can adapt to their own context and setting.

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Calibrated for a World that No Longer Exists

There is no time, however, to wait to figure things out.  By the time that the church figures out how to respond to this social change, a new one will be upon us.  We cannot wait for things to settle down before responding to change. The tune keeps changing just as we learn the rhythm.  We must figure out how to recalibrate on the fly.

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