Inaugural, Commencement, Installation, and Convocation Addresses

Inaugural Adresses

Education for a Lifestyle of Service

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The Inaugural Address of E. LeBron Fairbanks, fifth president of Mount Vernon (Ohio) Nazarene College, was presented on March 2, 1990. It articulates his core convictions about Christian higher education.

Summarized are his leadership style, curriculum commitments and a perspective on “Education for a Lifestyle of Service.” The address outlines the foundation for such a perspective, a model for it, and the results of a commitment to it.

 

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Theological Education for a God-Called Ministry

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The Inaugural Address of E. LeBron Fairbanks presented on the occasion of his installation as the 2nd president of the Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines.

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Commencement Adresses

The Leadership Gift of Biblical Contentment

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The graduation address at the Seminary of the Americas (SENDAS), November 2010, San Juan, Costa Rica, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Seminary. Discussed are the Irony of Contentment; the Barriers to Contentment; and the Secret of Contentment.

The God-centered character of gratitude is anchored in an unshakeable trust that there is a God who is sovereign and whose providential care guides His people. Contentment does not make us grateful; rather, it is gratitude that makes us contented.

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New Beginnings-Renewed Commitments

E. LeBron Fairbanks

 The 2010 Commencement address for the Caribbean Nazarene College, Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago. The theme of the presentation focuses on a quote from a colleague: “Life is too short not to live together kindly, compassionately and forgivingly.” The address explores this quote through the lens of Ephesians 4:32.

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Essay

Creating Space/Making Room

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The December 2009 Commencement address for Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon Ohio. The theme of the address focuses on biblical hospitality, as “creating space and making room.” Hospitality, biblically understood, challenges us to relate to others as if we were relating to Christ Himself. It is a way of life for the Christian leader. For the strange and the stranger, the disenfranchised and lonely, and to our family members and friends, creating space and making room is the essence of hospitality, biblically understood.

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Essay

The 'Grace Gift' of Tenacity

E. LeBron Fairbanks

 The October 2009 Commencement address for the Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, England. The theme of the address focuses on the need, pain and gift of tenacity, building on St. Paul’s words in Colossians 4:17 to Archippus, “Do not walk away from the assignment God gives to you.” The real test of a person’s character is what it takes to stop her or him. The temptation to quit our assignments when the pressure is on is discussed. The address concludes with reflections on tenacity and contentment – a profound gift from God to us and in us.

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Essay

The Measure of Greatness

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The May 17, 2008 Commencement Address at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. The theme of the address is “…not brilliance in the classroom, money in the bank, status nor position. But, caring for others…is the measure of greatness.” The address discussed six characteristics of “Caring Leaders.”

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Essay

Legacy of a "Worthy" Leader

E. LeBron Fairbanks

This Commencement address was given in March 2010 at the graduation service of the Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College, Bangladesh Extension Center.

A record 194 students received their diplomas in the service from SEANBC.

The focus of the address is on leaving a legacy of an Ephesians 4:1 “Worthy” leader…who is Christian leader, a servant leader, and a Spirit-filled leader.  

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Essay

Installation Addresses

Caring for Others...!

E. LeBron Fairbanks

This brief address was given on September 2, 2019 during the Korean Nazarene University Inauguration Ceremony of Dr. Ki, Kyungsoo (David) as the new KNU president on the magnificent campus in Cheonan, South Korea. 

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Essay

Leadership Vision for Southern Africa Nazarene University

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The October 22, 2010 Installation address on the occasion of the launching of the Southern Africa Nazarene University in Manzini, Swaziland and the installation of Dr. Winnie Nhlengethwa as the first Vice-Chancellor of the university.

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Essay

Convocation Addresses

Questions "Decisive" Leaders Should Ask Themselves

E. LeBron Fairbanks

This presentation was given in 2013 on the campus of the Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, Manila, Philippines. The Keynote Address was presented on the Leadership Convocation Day during the Seminary’s 30th anniversary celebration.

As much as leaders want to be known as decisive, with decision-making marked by firmness, and action by certainty and conclusiveness, even more critical in leading others is a distinctively Christian quality of caring and depth of communication.

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Essay

The Role of Education in Leadership Development: The Character Quality of Acceptance

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The Convocation address, “Cultivating the Character Quality of Acceptance,” was presented in September 2009 at the South India Biblical Seminary, Bangarpet, India. The address speaks to the role of education in shaping the Christian character quality of acceptance in the leaders and the led.

The paper highlights the vitally important character-shaping biblical value of ‘acceptance’ (Romans 15:7) in leadership development.

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Essay

The Global System of Nazarene Education

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The presentation, “Global System of Nazarene Education,” was the concluding address in June 2009 of the International Higher Education (IHEC) conference. The material was later printed in booklet form for Nazarene educators.

The global system of Nazarene Education is explored as well as the International Board of Education for the Church of the Nazarene, including its mission. The role and relationship of the Regional Education Coordinators (RECs), Regional Educational Councils and the Consortia of Nazarene institutions are discussed.

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Essay

Big Dreams! Great Faith!

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The November 2008 Re-dedication Service of the Fairbanks International School of Communication was held on the campus of the Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary. The occasion was the 25th anniversary of the “Fairbanks Media Center,” now enlarged and expanded and in a new location on the APNTS campus.

A PowerPoint presentation to accompany this address is also available.

 

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Essay

Moving From Vision to Action to Results

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The address was given in April 2009 during the Plenary session at the Africa Regional Conference on the campus of Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi, Kenya.

The presentation discusses the joys and pain of leadership, especially when good and godly people, including a younger generation of leaders in the church, often differ on how to reach mutually desired goals.

Sometimes, these good and godly people collide with the leader, and a faith community is divided, and the Kingdom of God suffers. When this happens, the pain in leadership is even more intense.

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Essay

Mentoring and Modeling Leadership Character

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The plenary address was given at the National Association of Christian College Admission Personnel (NACCAP) annual meeting in June 2003 on the campus of Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. Three vocational vision affirmations are discussed for NACCAP members.

The thesis of the paper is this: “For the students you recruit, you can become leadership role models who exemplify, in word and deed, the very character qualities and values you most admire in others.”

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Essay

Servant Leadership for a Servant Community

E. LeBron Fairbanks
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Sermon

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