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Leadership Development via Social Media?

Carol Dettoni - Monday, June 27, 2016

Carol and I have been involved in some kind of leadership development most of our lives. As a senior at Wheaton College I was asked to provide leadership development for all incoming student leaders, including new student council officers and other student leaders at the college.  Even in high school Carol and I were involved in helping others to be effective leaders.  Yes, we learned early in our lives the critical importance of leadership development, and things have not changed since those days.

I must confess that neither Carol nor I see social media and the use of Blogs, Facebook and Twitter as the best interpersonal means of helping younger leaders to be effective leaders.  


  • Both Jesus and the Apostles helped to develop leaders by being with them and interacting with them over time.

  • Jesus took his followers on a “Three year hiking/camping trip” and taught them by both direct teaching, by having them watch him, by telling them parables and by sending them out to fulfill His calling to announce the Kingdom of God.

  • The Apostles, particularly Paul, went throughout Asia evangelizing and teaching about a relationship with God through Christ.  He wrote epistles after he was with those who now were by the power of the Holy Spirit, "called together ones" (churches) and he visited them several times.  Given transportation modes in the First Century, one marvels at Paul’s stamina to travel by land and sea to visit the churches in his part of the world.  (We’ve traveled almost 2 million miles since Chrysalis began in 1992—it’s tiring, for sure!)


In God’s Providential Wisdom, Chrysalis has to stop using interpersonal means to continue to accomplish the Mission of Chrysalis Ministries for a short time—we must stop traveling such as the Apostle Paul did, until we are in a better financial position. 


We do appreciate hearing from you via Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, and email!   Or stop by and visit us!


There is plenty to do with launching and providing the Legacy Project (providing Resource materials online on the website, Twitter and Facebook, and this interactive Blog).  Because Carol and I are relational teachers and leaders, and are not digitally-oriented people, we are slowly adapting to this way of leadership development for now.  We hope to continue to fulfill, albeit somewhat differently, the calling the Lord has placed on us.  Until we are out of financial debt!  We trust that we will once again be able to travel in 2017!


In the meantime . . . we value your input – and want to stay connected! We hope that the Resources on the Chrysalis Web Site – the Chrysalis Legacy Project—will be helpful for you.

             

Developing leaders and teachers for a rapidly changing world! (—trending social media!!)



Posted by John Dettoni




Remembering Ted Ward

Carol Dettoni - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

In MEMORY 

 

Dr. Ted W. Ward

 

Why did such a notable and outstanding leader such as Ted take time, along with his gifted wife, Margaret, to be on the Board of a small, Christian organization like Chrysalis Ministries, Inc. for over 24 years?  We were blessed, indeed.

 

Ted cared about people, relationships, and helping develop those of us in leadership positions to think outside of the proverbial box.  He challenged us to think big and bold, and in new paradigms.  He taught us to attempt things for the Kingdom of God that were well-thought-through, theologically and biblically correct, were developmentally sound, and related practically to the lives of those with whom we related, at all levels.  He was a change agent extraordinaire. (He was also a musician “extraordinaire”!) He challenged us to change the systems of parochial thinking to be fresh and contemporary and above all, true to our faith in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  

 

Ted's cross-cultural sensitivities were sharp and focused, and his love for people and love of life and adventure were contagious.  Seeing something through his eyes was like opening up new doors to colorful vistas!  He loved to tell stories of his adventures and they were indeed compelling.  (His "lost my-passport-in-Brazil" is a favorite story in the Dettoni house, particularly when told by "Uncle Ted"!)

 

Ted contributed helps and suggestions and life lessons to hundreds and thousands of lives . . . and he was beloved by those people in the Chrysalis Ministries sphere of influence.  Words that were shared 20 years ago with many Chrysalis Institute Participants are still quoted today.  "Remember, Ted Ward said . . .  " is a common conversation opener and “clarifier”.

 

Ted was humble, yet confident.  He would not allow people to call him “Dr.” – “Just Ted”!  He loved his family – his 4 sons and one daughter, and all of his grandchildren.  The many times we had meals together or spent time together, we heard glowing reviews of recent accomplishments.  Ted never gave up, and although he struggled with many serious health issues for a number of years, he pushed through with the loving care from Margaret, and he was a role model for serving the Lord no matter what.

 

Ted and Margaret together faithfully served on the Chrysalis Ministries Founding Board of Directors for over 20 years, and they are beloved by those who have known them as a vital part of the ministry.  Ted's wisdom, guidance and loving support in all ways has made the ministry a vital part of the work of the Kingdom of God.  He was a dearly beloved friend, mentor, colleague, and confidante.  He and Margaret and their children have been a part of our lives since 1970, and we are the richer for this blessing from God.

 

We miss Ted, but know his life continues on through the people whom he touched and taught.  A special repository of Ted’s many writings and contributions is being completed by colleagues, and we will post this when it is available.

 

Many of you reading this Blog are a part of Ted's Legacy of leadership development.  May we all remain faithful to our calling to serve God. We can all thank God together for bringing Dr. Ted Ward into our lives!

 

Do watch the following video clip of John's words at Ted' Memorial Service.  (cut and paste link) 

https://youtu.be/NnxbPNXIwW8


 

Stephen Ward, one of Ted and Margaret's sons, has put together a beautiful video you will enjoy. 

https://youtu.be/rWcYFgArJEc  (cut and paste link)

 

So thankful for those special friends that God gives us.  Ted (and Margaret) will always be a part of our lives.

Update regarding teaching at ACSI, Indonesia

Carol Dettoni - Friday, May 13, 2016
Please check out the pictures and report of teaching in Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia.  (You may need to copy and paste in your browser)

https://sway.com/AVF41dvN4X5n68SL


So much has happened!

Carol Dettoni - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Due to technical difficulties (like ongoing illness, "upgrading to Windows 10!", computer and other hindrances) we're behind in posting and using this new Blog and Website effectively.


BUT we're on the upward slope of the learning curve!  Thanks for bearing with us, and we hope that you will get an overview of the experiences of the past few weeks in 2016.  We promise to keep up in the future!


Beginning at the beginning 2016.

  

At the invitation of the Association of Christian Schools International, Indonesia (ACSI-I), for several years John has offered his services to teach in several areas of his expertise and doctoral emphases:  Curriculum research and development (curriculum defined as "program"). and other such related courses in leadership development.  We've met so many gifted, committed, highly educated and wonderful educators in Bandung, Bali,Jakarta, Pontianak, and Surabaya with educators from all parts of beautiful Indonesia!


To get an overview, we've listed the promotional flyer for the courses offered by ASCII each year
for the hundreds of Christian school administrators and teachers. These intensive courses help complement the professional educational endeavors in a certificate program offered annually.   





So what is Chrysalis Ministries?

Carol Dettoni - Friday, February 19, 2016

So, you may ask:  "What is Chrysalis Ministries?"


The Chrysalis Ministries Mission Statement says it well:



Chrysalis Ministries, Inc. Exists To Equip, Empower, and Encourage Existing and Emerging Christian leaders and teachers, throughout the rapidly changing world, to become more effective in their various God-given ministries.   

 

This mission is accomplished by teaching, mentoring, consulting, speaking, writing and producing the appropriate materials.

 

This says it all!  

 

And every situation is different.  

 

But one thing remains the same: Our God is great!  And He has allowed Chrysalis Ministries--John and Carol Dettoni--to share with some pretty amazing young leaders throughout several parts of the world (Eastern and Central Europe, the Balkans, parts of Southeast Asia (the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, East Malaysia), Haiti, and a few other places.  The deep and growing relationships have been built because we all belong to Jesus Christ, are pretty incredible, and we value them.  So whatever Chrysalis is or has been, To God be the Glory, great things He has done!   We anticipate what He will continue to do through many younger . . . and aging! . . . leaders! 

 

So friends, please feel free to contact us if you would like to share on this Blog.  We want to learn from each other, although we're spread across many miles!

 

Please check back frequently, since we want to make this a helpful place to share about "Leadership that is Christian."