Kelly Steinhaus, the founding director of UniteBoston, attended LDI’s Foundations of Shared Leadership workshop in January. Below, Kelly reflects on how LDI’s teaching on collective leadership has allowed UniteBoston to live into its values more completely.
"We are better together."
This is a motto that I embrace in my work with UniteBoston to build bridges across Christians. However, at LDI's Foundation of Leadership course in January, I realized that UniteBoston's leadership structure was not as strong as it could be. We have an awesome team of volunteers, but as the founding director of the organization, I tend to place the burden responsibility of tasks and execution on myself.
What actually brings our UniteBoston team together? It's not our organization's programs, but rather our common value to share and serve God's bigger purpose throughout Boston. LDI's training gave me tools to have conversations with our team around our purpose and why we are here. We crafted a purpose statement for our May 6th BostonServe event, with various people stepping in to "own" the secondary outcomes to accomplish our goals.
I was impressed by the intentional structure of the LDI's Foundations of Shared Leadership training, which incorporated large group teaching, small group workshops, and individual reflection. It has given me incredible tools to further God's work through our ministry. Because of LDI, I am invigorated in my work with UniteBoston and am enthused at the future of the Christian Church, because none of us are meant to do "church" alone.
Paul writes, "From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work" (Ephesians 4:16). As the body of Christ connects across lines, we learn to recognize the value of each community, which results in a mutual strengthening. In a world characterized by division, it is imperative that the Christian community embodies and shares the reconciling love that each of us has received. Truly, we are better together.