Leaders of churches, teams, small groups, etc., need an upward, inward, outward, and forward direction in their leadership and discipleship.
This illustration fascinates me. I do not know where this originated, but I’m glad this illustration exists because it puts the groceries on the bottom shelf.
The top half obviously is an inward perspective of church. Notice the words used: protecting, collecting, building, competing. Assets, community, organization, and culture are inward and building-centric. Resources the primary way to find security in facing the future. The risk is that people are valued only as far as they help sustain the organization. Infrastructure is king. The wheels of a church runs administratively. There is a very business-y, bureaucratic systematization about church.
The bottom half is outward is an outward perspective of church. Notice the words used: releasing, mobilizing, building, collaborating. Assets, community, organization, and culture are outward and ministry/mission-centric. Resources are the primary way to invest in the Kingdom and the future. The recognition is that the organization is valued as a tool to help people know and grow in Christ. The wheels of a church run toward ministry and discipleship. There is a very missionary movement about church.
I’ll take the bottom half, thanks!
Former football player and coach Bill Curry lays down some excellent principles that directly connect to the Christian faith and how that faith is lived out.
More and more, we’ve understood the need to develop biblical, godly, wise leaders at ARBC. Like many churches, we found ourselves filling holes for our Nominating Team to fill. And like many churches, we found ourselves voting for team heads by those who drew the short straw (“Well, if no one else wants to lead this team, I guess I will!”)
Scripture mandates that leaders in the church be ones who are character-driven, competent, connected, concentrating, and confidential (when appropriate) leaders serving in their area of gifting. I’m looking forward to developing and exploring what this looks like for our church in 2017.
How does this look for your church?
Here are some helpful books to get this process started:
- Simple Church by by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger
- Designed to Lead by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck
- Start With Why by Simon Sinek
- The Leadership Pipeline by Ram Charan, Steve Drotter, and Jim Noel
- Leadership and the One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard
- The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
- Empowered Leaders by Hans Finzel
- Leadership Mosaic by Daniel Montgomery with Jared Kennedy