I am beginning a new series of posts based on Daniel James Brown’s book The Boys in the Boat. As written, this book has nothing to do with the church, and yet, as you read it, you will see that it has everything to do with church and leadership. Craig Barnes, president of Princeton Seminary wrote in The Christian Century: Daniel James Brown has written The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. I just gave copies of this extraordinary story to the vice presidents at our seminary. We’ll use our Christmas retreat to discuss the book’s insights about what it takes to weave individual stories into an effective team.
Get the book. Read the book. I will be reflecting on these boys in the boat and what it means for the church.