Brian Beckstrom

Campus Pastor

Office: Chapel

(319) 352-8217

brian.beckstrom@wartburg.edu

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The core conviction that guides my teaching can be summed up in the words of Vince Lombardi…“Leaders are made, not born”. I am passionate about challenging students to discover the leader within and nurturing their growth. As a Pastor I’ve been deeply influenced by the leadership of Jesus who spent three years forming twelve leaders to carry on his ministry. Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi who taught his disciples by using an action reflection model. He would model leadership for his disciples and then encourage them to go out and try it out on their own. When his students returned Jesus helped them reflect on their successes and failures, usually by asking them questions. Jesus rarely gave answers to his disciples because he knew that leadership isn’t simply about having the right information. It is about developing the capacity to manage yourself, see the systems at work, and mobilize action. You don’t have to be a Christian to appreciate the type of leadership Jesus modeled. These same principles can be found in contemporary leadership theory, particularly in the work of Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky, Margaret Wheatley, and Peter Senge.