Leadership: Introducing CDEL


I am thrilled to have taken on the role as Assistant Director of the Center for the Development of Evangelical Leadership (CDEL) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Charlotte, NC campus in October 2014. I am excited about this new opportunity and we are already progressing in our initiatives and partnerships to ensure that the vision of the center is fully realized.

CDEL is the premier center for training, coaching, and conferencing in:

  • Multi-ethnic Leadership
  • Discipleship & Spiritual Formation
  • Missional Leadership in the Marketplace

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Book of the Week: A Call to Action

A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

A Call to Action book coverWhy I picked up this book:

President Jimmy Carter is the author of this book, and I watched several of his promotional interviews for its release. He is a fellow Naval Academy graduate and has never been shy about his Christian faith. Due to the content his background and current work, I could hardly wait to read it.

Who Should Read A Call to Action:

This book is an important read about challenges women face all across the world, and the great work being done through The Carter Center to fill gaps and offer solutions where the challenges have gone unmet in 80 countries.

What’s in Store for You:

Through his writing, President Carter briefly shares the abuses against women, some of which result from the misreading of sacred texts like the Bible and Quran. His includes personal stories from his own life, and how his faith and convictions have grown and changed over the years. The issues raised include abortion of female fetuses (or the selective murder of girls, also known as female gendercide or femicide), rape on college campuses, wage equality, human trafficking, polygamy, genital cutting, disease and health care, sexual harassment in the military, and child marriage. He also includes sentiments about the disconnection between what people of faith claim to believe and what they actually practice, particularly when it comes to their relations with poor, women, people of color, and those who are handicapped.

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Black Christian Leaders Changing the World

My friend, Rev. Mae Elise Cannon, is senior director of advocacy and outreach for World Vision USA. She is also author of several books, including her most recent release, Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith which she co-authored with Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, and Soong-Chan Rah.

View More: http://meredithmacy.pass.us/natasha-robinsonIn her Huffington Post Religion column this month, she is raising awareness about Black Christian Leaders who are changing the world. Her first installment included leaders: Rev. Doc. John Perkins, Lisa Sharon Harper, Rev. Leroy Barber, Dr. Christena Cleveland, and Dr. David Anderson.

This week’s installment includes: Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinners, Rev. Adam Russell Taylor, Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, Rev. Efrem Smith, Princess Kasune Zulu, and yours truly. I am humbled and honored to be in such great company!


Take this opportunity to learn about these leaders and their work!