Dear Friends of Leadership Foundations (LF),
One of the riveting images in the New Testament is Paul describing his ministry as a race reflecting, “I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Much of the appeal of this image is our inherent sense that there is effort involved, training is required, good work is rewarded, and there is such a thing as a finish line. While at times I have imagined St. Paul running this race as a heroic loner and/or the rugged individualist, I have come to believe the opposite to be true. Rather than something like a 100-meter sprint or even a marathon, what I suspect is really at play in Paul is a relay race. And if that’s the case, what then becomes most important in the race is the passing of the baton. That it’s all about making sure that you hand the baton off in such a way to ensure your team has the best chance of success.
It is with this image in mind and through prayerful discernment with the LF Global Board of Directors and Staff that we have initiated the baton pass to the next President of LF. This decision has come as a result of a strategic planning process to prepare Leadership Foundations for a stronger future as it continues to grow and serve cities around the world. And it should be noted that I undertake this transition this with a great deal of enthusiasm.
I am deeply grateful to the LF Board for their invitation to take a paid sabbatical beginning in April in preparation for a future thought leadership position with LF’s Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center. I am excited for the opportunities ahead to continue walking alongside the LF network as we work to make cities more like playgrounds.
Larry Lloyd brings a wealth of leadership experience and depth of knowledge to the role of President and I have the utmost confidence that he will continue to serve the Global Network well.
When I was asked to take the place of LF’s founder, Reid Carpenter, as president in 2008, I did so with the collective conviction that the organization was ready for a reappropriation of the initial charism that the Holy Spirit gave to Dr. Reid Carpenter—the remarkable gift of seeing the city as God’s playground instead of a battleground.
My job, over these past number of years, has been to steward this charism and imbue it with a level of rigor and discipline while protecting our network members’ innovative spirit and the great theological truth of cities as living, breathing organisms. In short, to create discipline around a common process (LF’s Wheel of Change) while celebrating the wildly diverse ways the Holy Spirit works in each city. As a result of this posture the LF Network this past year directly impacted 567,778 individuals through 188 different initiatives and programs; provided capacity building for 709 organizations and curated 1,788 partners and supported 1,003 staff and 13,106 volunteers. But these numbers don’t tell the whole story:
- We have expanded the LF membership into 48 cities around the world.
- Created network-wide initiatives like our Board Training Initiative, the Global Youth Initiative and Charity to Change.
- Developed a robust impact measurement platform to guide our members with a data-informed approach.
- Established the Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center (CCIC) to further look at best practices, partnerships, and policy recommendations on behalf of cities and communities.
In short, the LF Global Network is poised to be remarkably relevant and effective under new leadership for the future.
And all of this could not have taken place without the generous investment of your prayers, support, and resources. It has been thrilling for me to see the miracle of Jesus’s feeding of the 5000 play out in real ways because of your decision to share your “fish and bread” with LF. I hope you are as deeply encouraged as I am.
In closing, I want to express my immense gratitude for the support and confidence that you’ve shown the LF organization over these last 13+ years. It has been the honor of my lifetime serving as president and I look forward to more opportunities to collaborate in the future.
With best regards and sincerest gratitude,