E. LeBron Fairbanks

E. LeBron Fairbanks, Author

Edward LeBron Fairbanks retired in October 2011 as the education commissioner for the Church of the Nazarene. In this assignment, he served as the administrator of the International Board of Education (IBOE), a consortium of 52 denominational universities, colleges, and seminaries on campuses and learning centers in 120 nations.

Dr. Fairbanks authored the book, Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully! Reflections and Markers. The book has been translated into seven languages. He co-authored the 2008 leadership text, Learning to be Last: Leadership for Congregational Transformation and co-authored in 2012, Best Practices for Effective Board. He created the teaching video, Building Better Boards: A Conversation, produced in 2012, now available in English, Spanish, and Burmese. In addition, he has written numerous books and articles, including the ministerial course of study text, Leading the People of God: Servant Leadership for a Servant Community.

Dr. Fairbanks earned his bachelor’s degree at Trevecca Nazarene University. He also earned three master's degrees— M.A. from Scarritt College, M.Div. from the Nazarene Theological Seminary, and M.Th. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

He was designated a Fellow in Pastoral Leadership Education by Princeton Theological Seminary and earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Dr. Fairbanks completed the summer program at the Harvard University Institute of Educational Management and was a Research Fellow at Yale University Divinity School.

Dr. Fairbanks became Academic Dean in 1978 for the European Nazarene College near Schaffhausen, Switzerland. In 1984, he was elected President of the Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines, where he served until accepting the presidency of Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in July 1989. He served MVNU as university president for 18 years, retiring in 2007.

In retirement, Dr. Fairbanks writes, consults and speaks to governing boards and their leaders. His assignments have taken him in retirement to Australia, Philippines, Cuba, Costa Rica, Germany, Portugal, South Africa, Kenya, Argentina, Italy, Korea, Myanmar and the United States. He also serves as adjunct professor at Trevecca Nazarene University.

He and his wife, Anne have one son, Stephen. Dr. Fairbanks can be contacted at lfairbanks@boardserve.org. His blog/website address is www.boardserve.org.

Works by this author

Language: English

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.

English
Type: 
Essay

Servant Leadership for a Servant Community

E. LeBron Fairbanks
English
Type: 
Sermon

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.

English
Type: 
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.

English
Type: 
Essay

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.

English

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.”

English
Type: 
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.

English
Type: 
Essay

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.

English
Language: Español

¡Liderazgo Decisivo! ¡Liderazgo Fiel! Reflexiones e Indicadores

E. LeBron Fairbanks
¡Liderazgo Decisivo! ¡Liderazgo Fiel! Reflexiones e Indicadores

Me veo identificado de manera profunda con los seis indicadores del liderazgo decisivo. Creo que deben ser cuidadosamente vertidos, estudiados, y examinados. Su implementación requerirá disciplina llena de oración e intención. Su efectividad requerirá compromiso continuo de parte de todos aquellos que trabajan con Lideres.

Spanish
Type: 
Book
Language: Italiano

Conduzione decisa! Conduzione fedele!

E. LeBron Fairbanks
Conduzione decisa! Conduzione fedele!

(English: Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully!)

Italian
Type: 
Book
Language: 한국어

확고하게, 신실하게 이끌어 가기: 적용과 지침 Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully (Korean)

E. LeBron Fairbanks
확고하게, 신실하게 이끌어 가기: 적용과 지침

(English: Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully!)

Korean
Type: 
Book
Language: Português

Liderança Decisiva! Liderança Fiel!

E. LeBron Fairbanks
lideranca-cover

Identifi co-me profundamente com os Seis Indicadores para a Liderança Decisiva. Estes devem ser cuidadosamente considerados, estudados e ponderados. A sua implementação implicará disciplina intencional imersa em oração. A sua efi cácia exigirá envolvimento constante com aqueles com quem o líder é chamado a trabalhar.

Este livro pode bem durar os próximos cinquenta anos como um instrumento vital para o ministério cristão. A sua verdade é intemporal, e a sua abordagem é envolvente. Recomendo-lhe o livro como um recurso que irá aprender a valorizar.

Portuguese
Type: 
Book
Language: 简体中文

坚定地带领! 忠实地带领! Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully (Chinese)

E. LeBron Fairbanks
HAN - LDLF - Cover

(English: Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully!)

Chinese, Simplified
Type: 
Book

Pages