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

"For This We Stand", Values Document

E. LeBron Fairbanks

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A Commitment to Excellence: Strategic Agenda, 1999-2009

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The 1998 document, “A Commitment to Excellence,” is the second of three strategic plans prepared during the 18-year tenue of E. LeBron Fairbanks as president of the university. As with the original document, the Board of Trustees’ members and approximately 60 campus representatives were involved in the process that resulted in the 1998 revision. The results of this collaborative analysis, review, thinking and discussion were eleven strategic initiatives outlined in the document.

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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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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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Character Counts, Really Counts!

E. LeBron Fairbanks

The 2009 Commencement address for the Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi, Kenya. The address focuses on Christian character formation and character development. The character question is asked, “What sort of people ought we to be?” The reply in 2 Peter 1:3-12 provided the answer: “Men and women of good and godly character.” The address discusses three assertions regarding Christian character.

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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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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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Five Non-negotiables for Local Church Board Health

E. LeBron Fairbanks
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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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Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully! Reflections and Markers

E. LeBron Fairbanks
Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully!

 

Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully! Reflections and Markers is a multi-ethnic, undergraduate level text on leading decisively and faithfully in Christian communities. The book reflects convictions to which leaders remain captive while living and leading as maturing disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Leading the People of God - Faculty and Student Guides

E. LeBron Fairbanks
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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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Living Together in a Diverse Christian Community Ephesians 4:1-3, 25-32

E. LeBron Fairbanks
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APNTS Chapel Service

Edward LeBron Fairbanks, President Emeritus

August 24, 2017

Cobb Worship Center

11:00 AM

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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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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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My Journey with Nazarene Higher Education

E. LeBron Fairbanks
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Journal article

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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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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Servant Leadership for a Servant Community

E. LeBron Fairbanks
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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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