Jason and I have a lot in common: same age, both of us pastor churches that have transitioned, we both now lead churches that our dads led for many years, and.......we're both Mac users!
Can't beat that, 'eh?! (Jason - the 'eh was just for you....a little Canadian flair...)
Anyway...Jason and I had a great conversation earlier today that was definitely a wonderful shot in the arm for me (and hopefully for him too.)
So all that to say...... Surround yourself with great people! People who are AHEAD of you on the journey.....BEHIND you on the journey.....and who are trackin' pretty close to where you're at. Be intentional about it! You won't regret it.
P.S. You can check out Jason's blog here. He's a guy who should be on your radar if he's not already!
Why I am so fussy about this word is because I believe it
carries the full weight of the hope for the church in the West. I
wholeheartedly believe that the recovery of the missional idea of God
and Church is critical to the survival, let alone the growth, of
Christianity in the West. Much is at stake here!
Missional church is a community of God’s people that defines itself,
and organizes its life around, its real purpose of being an agent of
God’s mission to the world.
The mission of God flows directly through every
believer and every community of faith that adheres to Jesus. To
obstruct this is to block God’s purposes in and through his people. (From his book, The Forgotten Ways)
in my opinion what is expressed through Emergent, the Alt-Worship movement, and what has been called Post-Evangelicalism, is not by-and-large a missionary movement, but is rather what I would call a renewal
As for me, I am happy to call the so-called ‘emergents’ friends and fellow travelers, I personally do not feel the need to question the inherited theological tradition as many of its adherents do.
Emerging forms of the church must always be subservient to the missional purposes of the church. My advice to ‘emergents’
is therefore, don’t emerge before you have a mission.
My advice to all you folks on both sides of the debate that mix up the term, be warned!
What you are doing is only making it harder for the Church to come to
grips with its deepest sense of call and purpose in this time and
place–no less! For God’s sake, be clear in your use of the term or can I suggest that you stop using it.
To guard against a further degrading of the word, I want to suggest (as I did in The Forgotten Ways) that we combine the term ‘missional’ with the associated term ‘incarnational’ to come up with the term missional-incarnational.
If ‘missional’ carries the sense of being ’sent’, then ‘incarnational’
gives definition to the nature of that ’sentness.’ If ‘missional’ means
being thrust into the world as witnesses to the redemption that is in
Jesus, then ‘incarnational’ shows us that we ought to engage the world
in the same way that God did in and through the Incarnation of the Word
in Jesus the Messiah.
Mission always sets our Agenda and Incarnation must always describe our Way.
Ok - I want to see your INFO CENTER setups for your church. (I know, this is probably the nerdiest post I've done in a while....) But seriously! Share 'em. The good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly....
I love the responses that I got from this post asking you to share what you've been learning about leadership in whatever context you are leading in right now. Here are a handfull of the responses that really stuck out to me:
If you don't train your leaders right-it will cause massive growing
pains for the church and a lot of extra work for the pastors. Chris Marlow
COMMUNICATION, COMMUNICATION, COMMUNICATION! One of the HARDEST things for me to do is find the medium and the
occasion to cast vision and direction for our church. John Baw
Vision must be communicated with clarity or people will decide what the vision is for themselves, amidst the confusion. Matt P.
A test of one's leadership is not how well one leads when they are in
charge, but how well one serves when they are NOT in charge. Ted
You lead out
of who and what you are. If you are not growing then whatever you are
involved in will not be growing. If you are in conflict in many areas
of your life then the thing you are responsible for will be in
conflict. We can
go to conferences and get methodology but what works for one leader
works because it is flowing out of there essence. Tory
No copy and paste...just listen to God and obey....sure you use other
leadership tools and learn best practices, but real vision comes from
God. Dale Schaeffer
It amazes me what a phone call,
post card, voice mail, a written note can do to encourage a team
member. (E-mails don't seem to have the personal touch.) Joy Spencer
I'm learning that even if there is frustration with the leadership you
are under...God is working and using it grow you and make you better. Shane
As with Joshua, be CAREFUL to do the small things God tells you to do. Stephen Gibbs
I keep learning that it's incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to
lead young women (or older women for that matter) who don't seem to
respect and honor their own husbands. The two issues seem to go hand in
hand for some reason. Samantha Connour
It's impossible to follow Jesus and
lead a reproducing movement without being intentional about personally
making disciples. Jay Hardwick
I must be consistent. Confident in my mission. Able to act without
swaying to resistance...or my kids will walk all over me, they will not
learn the lesson at hand, and they will not trust me to make the
correct decision next time. Joni
I was reminded this week to not pigeonhole people by their personality
or abilities. That when I've been mentoring, sometimes people are ready
to go to the next level, and I need to give them the opportunity. God
is growing people, and sometimes, they/He can surprise us. Kim Martinez