LTS President Receives Reflective Leadership Grant from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity

Nov. 15, 2018 – Lexington Theological Seminary President Dr. Charisse L. Gillett has been selected to receive a 2018 Reflective Leadership Grant from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

The $15,000 award will support a period of reflection and targeted activities between January 2019 and June 30, 2020. are designed to assist President Gillett with thinking carefully and deeply about her work and ministry at LTS and how best to help the organization sustain its progress and momentum.

This is the first year of the Reflective Leadership Grants, and the adjudication process was competitive. Leadership Education at Duke Divinity is funding 20 proposals from a mix of lay and ordained Christian leaders serving in established or emerging institutions. These proposals clearly articulated why this is a pivotal moment to reflect, learn and discern next steps.

Leadership Education aims to create lasting change in U.S. congregations by supporting Christian leaders and the institutions they serve. Leadership Education designs educational services, develops intellectual resources and facilitates networks of institutions that cultivate a coherent vision of Christian institutional leadership and form Christian leaders.

“The Reflective Leadership Grant at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity recognizes and supports the faithful and innovative work of lay and ordained Christian leaders who find themselves at a pivotal moment in their ministry,” said Victoria White, Leadership Education’s managing director of grants. “Using Harvard professor Ron Heifetz’s language, we want to help leaders experience ‘balcony time,’ which allows them to move from the dance floor to the balcony to gain a broader picture of their work, organizations, communities and trends. We want to encourage grantees to continue to develop their leadership capacities in ways specific to their work and context. For some, this might look like attending interdisciplinary conferences, and for others it might look like observing similar work in different settings. We are excited about the interest in this grant program from both traditional and non-traditional Christian leaders and we look forward to learning alongside them and their communities.”

“I am deeply grateful for this honor and the opportunity to reflect upon a period of intense institutional reinvention and creativity at Lexington Theological Seminary,” said Dr. Gillett. “I believe as president of Lexington Theological Seminary, I am called to reflect upon what we have accomplished as a community of faith and the ways in which I must grow – indeed, the ways we must grow together – to encourage movement from crisis to sustainability in our collective work and ministry.”

Leadership Education is a non-degree-granting initiative of Duke Divinity School. It is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and based in Durham, N.C.