Collaborative Leadership

Moving towards relational paradigms in lay ministry development

by Ronald R. Rojas



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/8/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 220
ISBN : 9781414045696

About the Book

The business, non-profit and government sectors are becoming aware that not all models of leadership are appropriate for their respective sectors. Executives, managers, and course developers are challenging the assumptions underlying many of the popularized leadership models, as they assess leadership effectiveness against the organization’s core competencies.

Yet this awareness is absent from the Ministry sector. As more church responsibilities fall on the shoulders of the laity, there is an increased need for leaders fully engaged in the true meaning of ministry functions. Although in the last 40 years the Catholic Church in the United States has seen a 26% decline in the number of priests, there has been a 39% increase in lay membership. Accordingly, the Catholic Church can ill afford ministry leaders that unknowingly apply their workplace leadership techniques many times to the detriment of ministry intent.

This book is about creating awareness in the misguided use of secular leadership models in ministry and developing a leadership model more congruent with lay ministry intent. By bridging the gap between collaborative theory and the mission of the laity, a model of collaborative leadership is presented that is capable of contributing to a reversal of this potentially damaging trend.

About the Author

Ron Rojas was born in Washington D.C, and moved to Puerto Rico where he obtained a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Puerto Rico. He was commissioned as an officer in the USAF and went back to PR where he worked as the Chairman of Management and Marketing (Catholic University of Puerto Rico). He also worked as an executive for Intel Corporation, Gould Computers and ASCOM-Timeplex. He is currently the Managing Associate of PRISM Leadership Consulting Group. He has an MBA from Southern Illinois University and a doctorate from the University of Sarasota/Argosy (Florida). He has been a permanent deacon since 1987, is a full Colonel in the United States Air Force, and still lives in Tampa, Florida.