Author: Tod Bolsinger

Tod Bolsinger is the Executive Director for the DePree Center Church Leadership Institute, and the author of Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, and the newly released, Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change. Click here to view Tod's profile.

How NOT to Waste a Crisis–The Delta Variant Edition

It has been a year since I wrote this article commending the Church Leaders that I have worked with for their resilience and creativity…

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Hybrid Course: Forming Leadership Resilience

Based on Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed for the Crucible of Change, this course is for leaders who know that their capacity to…

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Surviving the Heat of the Crucible of Leadership

In blacksmithing, through a slow, deliberate, repetitive—and sometimes dangerous—process of heating, holding, hammering, and quenching, steel becomes a tool that is both beautiful and useful. And leaders go through a similar process.

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Vulnerability, Resilience, and Partnership:
Formation for Confronting Injustice

Tempered resilience comes through a formational process that is vulnerable, relational, and often feels very costly for the leader.

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Future Church Summit: A Guided Planning Retreat for Becoming the Congregation of Tomorrow

The crises of 2020 have accelerated the need for churches to “future-fit” for our new world.

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Webinar: Resilience, Race, and Resistance

Webinar with our partner Missio Alliance, hosted by Tod Bolsinger.

Our country has awakened to the need for racial justice, but the work has just begun.

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Webinar: A View from the Mountaintop: Leadership in the Ultimate Liminal Space

Webinar with Jim Toole, hosted by Tod Bolsinger.

In this webinar, they discuss the leadership lessons that come from reaching the moment where you must prepare your people to go into the future without you.

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A Leadership New Year’s Resolution: A New Resilience Rule of Life

and Relating—
all for developing a critical leadership characteristic that is in short supply right now: Resilience.

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Why Lead at All?

Leadership is hard.  But finding the motivation for enduring when it is particularly challenging is a key to forming resilience. 

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Grounded for Good

Leadership is hard.  And because it’s hard, sometimes we are particularly hard on ourselves when things don’t go well.

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Dr. MLK Jr. and others during the March on Washington

Resisting a Failure of Heart

Leadership is hard. Actually, what is really hard—we are learning—is leading people in times of uncertainty.

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The True Test of Leadership

The real test of leadership is not the challenges that we face outside our organizations, but the resistance to the changes necessary to face that challenge inside the organization.

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Conversing Podcast: Tod Bolsinger on Leadership Formation

We have an honest conversation about what it’s like to struggle with mental health at work.

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Online Course:
Tempered Resilience

An Online Course on Fuller Formation Do you find yourself facing leadership challenges that are hard to define or the solutions to them do…

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Webinar: From Surviving to Thriving

Webinar by Tod Bolsinger.

This webinar discusses the insights from Tod’s new book, Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change.

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