About Fieldnotes

Fieldnotes is an online magazine published by the Max De Pree Center for Leadership in 2012-2015. Today, our new online content is available at Life for Leaders and Insights for Leaders. But, the previously published articles in Fieldnotes continue to speak with relevance to leaders in 2016. So, we invite you to explore the Fieldnotes collection. You can browse by themes or dates (see right column) from this page. Or you can search for particular words using the “Search Fieldnotes” box to the right. We hope you find Fieldnotes to be helpful as you think about the connections between faith, work, and leadership.


“Fieldnotes,” according to the sociologist Robert M. Emerson, are “accounts describing experiences and observations the researcher has made while participating in an intense and involved manner.”

Fieldnotes provides examples, stories, and practical wisdom from men and women who are intensely involved in the day-to-day work of managing businesses, non-profits, churches, and other organizations. It seeks to inspire and help emerging leaders to do their work better, manage their relationships, and discover what faith means for the way they lead their lives in the workplace.


The Magazine

Fieldnotes has published articles that explore the connection between theological imagination, work and organizational life, human flourishing, and practical experience. We’re interested in answering questions like these:

  • How does this theological or Scriptural principle help us live and work?
  • How does it help us take our life’s work seriously?
  • What have you learned from a mistake you have made? What would you do differently?
  • What are the specific things you do in your line of work that help you live and work better?
  • What does this current in or instance of culture tell us about what people are longing for in their work and organizational life?

This is just a sampling; take a look at our departments (by clicking below or in the menu tab under Fieldnotes) and browse our archives for more.

Fieldnotes Magazine is a publication of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.