Well, if not easy, it is alot simpler than we often make it out to be. At least church leadership anyway.
I really like alot of what Perry Noble has to say. One thing he says alot is “Leadership is as easy as listening to God.” I would add, “and DOING IT!” Sometimes we make this whole leadership thing excessively complicated and confusing. (For example, we make it into 21 Laws.) But it is simply hearing from God the direction to go, and having the cahunas to go that way. So, it may not be EASY, but it is simple.
By the way, I think it is Biblical. Moses heard from God and lead the Israelites where they needed to go. He is heralded as the greatest leader in Israel’s history. Even Jesus, who was God, said that all he did was what the Father was telling Him to do. (John 5:19)
So, agree or disagree: “Leadership is as easy as listening to God.” And why?
Some things that I am pretty pumped about right now:
- My kids. I am loving watching my three kids grow and learn and serve. What a freakin’ awesome adventure parenting is.
- My wife. ‘Nuff said. No one compares!
- VBX. Denton CC is taking VBS to a WHOLE ‘NUTHA LEVEL this Saturday! Gonna be OFF THE CHARTS.
- Sermons! We are in the middle of a series called “God is….” and have been exploring some different attributes and characteristics of God. It has been pretty exciting.
- The Vickios. My good friends, Chris and Emily, are beginning the last leg of their prep to go to Tanzania with Pioneer Bible Translators. You really should keep up with them here. (and send them some money!)
- I am really pumped that my old college roommate is coming to the East Coast for a visit in October. Woo Hoo! (His blog)
- Haiti. I am making a return voyage to Haiti in January to do some encouraging and teaching for some of the local preachers there.
- The youth @ DCC. I got to spend about 4 hours with a few of the youth yesterday. They are some pretty rockin’ kids.
I honestly am seeing and believing that God is “able to do abundantly more than we can ask or imagine.”
What is getting you pumped these days?
We talk ALOT in the church about the things we know for sure. (AND WE MUST!) But we also need to remember some things we DON’T know yet. I guess I think like this: what we know gives us faith and trust. What we don’t know gives us imagination.
For example, 20 years ago, who would have imagined using a projector and screen to display video/lyrics/ other creative elements in church. (I hope someone IMAGINED it!) And 10 years ago, who thought that churches would be claiming the interwebs for the Kingdom through online “church” experiences. And what is coming 10 years from now, that we don’t know yet? (But maybe we can imagine…)
How about leaders? How many times do we think we can pick the next great leader? How many times has someone we never imagined stepped up to be God’s leaders? We just don’t know who the next great leaders are going to be. (But we can dream.) Maybe they sat next to you Sunday morning. Maybe you passed them on the street yesterday looking for their next fix.
I want to hear from you. What does the Church not KNOW yet?
Recently in a conversation, the term “shadetree mechanic” came up. (Which is a pretty sweet term!)The fella I was talking to mentioned that he used to fiddle and fool around with cars, (ie. shadetree mechanic) but in recent years decided that he was better off leaving that to the people who knew what they were doing and focus on more important things. (Funny note: at this man’s stage in life, one of those more important things was his golf game!)
This got me thinking about how many of us go around life as shadetree mechanics. We focus our time, energy and effort on WAY too many things. We spread ourselves so thin, do so many different things, that we don’t do any of them well. One of the greatest leadership principles I am learning (but far from mastering) is that I need to decide the area where I am especially gifted and talented and focus there. That way, my best can be best, and I can leverage all the potential God has given me.
Tony Morgan writes about this very principle in his book Killing Cockroaches, which I haven’t read yet, but will soon. (and from all accounts, you should too!)
So, fill in the blank: I have allowed being a shadetree _________ distract me from focusing on my giftedness.
Today is an open Friday! Ask me anything you want to know in the comment section. If it is a quick answer, I will reply there. If it is more in depth, I will write a new post. If it is more personal, I may email you.
So, what do you want to ask?
This Sunday @ Denton Christian Church we are continuing our God Is… series with a message called “God is….Forgiving!” We are going to look at the Bible’s most famous half-told story, Jonah. The forgiving, 2nd chance God gives Jonah much grace and forgiveness, even if he had to spend 3 days in a fish!
But the part of the story we don’t often tell is that once Jonah goes to Ninevah, they change their ways and God forgives them! This royally ticks off Jonah who was hoping to see a good ole’ city-wide bonfire!
Jonah recieves forgiveness, but refuses to transmit it! Dang! Is that not a picture of our lives so often?
Be here Sunday to hear more about becoming a People of the 2nd Chance!
So, give me your best 2nd Chance/ Forgiveness Story in the comment section!