One evening when our adult kids were home for Christmas, we entertained ourselves with Google translate by translating phrases back and forth to see how they might change. Communicating clearly and effectively is both important and challenging for church and ministry leaders. How often have you conveyed a key message and then been shocked at how it was misunderstood by others? Probably far more often than you would like.
Over the years, I have often heard the phrase, “It’s quicker if I just do it myself.” But is that really true when it comes to leadership? The problem with this approach is that it does not take the long view. It saves time only in the short term. You accomplished in a few seconds or a minute or two what it might have taken you half an hour or more to train someone else to do, but you have trapped yourself. Can we use those extra minutes to invest a bigger opportunity?
Like the hyperdrive on Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon, there are leaders who propel their churches forward at breakneck rates, helping them journey great distances and achieve impressive results. In the leader’s mind, the idea of being a “visionary” excuses their obsession with results and the tunnel-vision that accompanies their success. When this occurs, a hyper-driven leader creates vision-weary people and may be authoritarian, autonomous, and even downright mean.
Why would otherwise great leaders act in such destructive ways?
If I were to ask the people of your church, “Why do you do what you do?” I’m sure I would get a gospel-related response. But the true litmus test of the Great Commission motivation in a church is less about whether or not we make disciples as a matter of obedience—which is good. Instead, it's more about if we're making disciples out of genuine urgency and concern that a person's life be radically transformed by the grace and mercy of their Savior—which is better. I have been challenged by this idea in recent months, and this experience has helped me firm up my “why” for UBA and our churches.
If Janis Joplin’s song title, Me and Bobby McGee, makes you flinch, you might be an English teacher at heart. When it comes to little old “me,” we seem to have lost our way. As communicators of the gospel, the way we write, speak, and teach matters. So, for the sake of good communication, the grammarians are here to help you out!
Identifying, developing, and supporting rising young leaders is an important part of any organization and no less for the church. Robert Kidd, Director of Spiritual Care & Values Integration for the Methodist Hospital System, delivered a paper on this topic at a recent conference for Chaplains. UBA believes that pastors and mentors in the church must be alert to identify and nurture the next generation of leadership. Excerpted here are five points from the seminar for both mentors and rising leaders to consider.
¡Solo no se puede! Muchos en el ministerio sufren del síndrome del llanero solitario, comienzan y terminan solos, pero irónicamente, aún el llanero solitario necesitaba un compañero. ¿Conoces el principio 2+?
We can’t do it alone! Many in the ministry suffer from the lone ranger syndrome—they begin and end alone. Ironically enough, even the “lone” ranger needed a companion, though. Do you know the 2+ principle?