Chrysalis Ministries, Inc.


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



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)


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