As a leader I’m constantly looking for opportunities to grow, to learn and to better myself in how I work, what I do, when I do it, etc. I’m conscious of my strengths and believe that I have a healthy understanding of my weaknesses. It’s in light of this self-awareness that I have long studied blogs and articles and sermons and conversations with other leaders, all in an effort to honor God and others by being the best me that I can be.
This morning was no different. I read a great blog by Ron Edmondson that addresses two things that good leaders do; they say, “yes” and, “no”.
I invite you to take a couple of minutes and read through Ron’s blog and to consider how you do in these areas as well as how you encourage and enable your team to do the same.
Posted: 11 Dec 2013 04:10 AM PST
Help their team say no
They can’t do everything. They are limited. Everyone is. And all of us can easily get distracted by seemingly good things and fail to do the best things. Good leaders give their team the authority to say no.
And, when there is backlash for the decision, they defend them. Every time.
(I hear the pushback. Some team members will take advantage of this…they will always say no. That’s true. And, in those cases, we handle the problem with the person. We don’t change the rules for everyone else.)
Help their team say yes
Good leaders give their team the freedom to dream. They empower the team to take their ministry in new directions. They make sure they aren’t so distracted with mindless and burdensome tasks that they can’t pursue the things that spark their interest, or to move swiftly when change is needed. They encourage the team to be proactive rather than reactive.
And, when team members do things different than the leader would, the leader looks to see if the vision is being attained, and, if it is, then submits to the leadership of the team member.
Leader, does your team have freedom to say yes and no? What could you do to help them more?
In a culture and society that is big on picking through bargain bins, sale racks, and custom orders whether online or in person, many people take this same approach to their faith and their relationship with God. In this series we are taking a sober look at the idea that you can’t put God in a box. In other words, God isn’t negotiable; His qualities and characteristics aren’t something that we can simply sift through, picking and choosing what we want and putting those things in a box while putting the rest of God back on the shelves.
Need more than a word picture? Check out the bumper video for this series.
This last week we set the foundation for the series. God is so much more than something that we can choose what components or pieces or parts we want to include in our faith while forgoing those that we aren’t as partial or excited about. Yet this is the approach, systematic or not, to much of the human existence. We are so used to choices. Don’t believe it? Stop and take a minute to consider how things are marketed to us:
- “Have it your way right away at BK” (Burger King)
- “That was easy” (Office Max)
- “I’m lovin’ it!” (McDonald’s)
- “YOLO” (You Only Live Once)
- “It’s your world. Take control” (American Express)
- “Your world. Delivered” (AT&T)
- “Business without boundaries” (Nortel Networks)
These are just a few of the many ad campaigns and slogans that are designed for us, the consumer; a consumer with options. Still don’t buy it? I invite you to consider how we eat: made to order, buffets, countless options of restaraunts, etc., all with you and me in mind. But wait! There’s more…
Don’t like your spouse? Divorce him/her. Don’t like your car? Trade it in or a new model or consider a lease for even more options. Like your dog, but tired of cleaning up after it Throw it on Craigslist or take it to the pound. These are just a few more examples of how we have choices in life, choices designed to make us happy. We can take what we want and leave what we don’t. And why options and choices in and of themselves aren’t necessarily a bad thing, we cannot have this approach to our faith and relationship with God. Let me overstate it. I am NOT suggesting that options and choices are a bad thing. I hate onions more than any other food on the planet, even more than guacamole. If I go anywhere and order anything to eat, I will always order it without onions. I’ll take the rest of the food, but leave out the onions. That’s because onions are absolutely disgusting!!
While choices aren’t a bad thing, this concept simply isn’t how it works with God. You don’t pick and choose the characteristics of God that you want as though you are moving through a buffet line. ”Umm…I’ll have some grace and a bit of mercy. Oh yeah! Extra prosperity and blessing. I think I’m gonna pass on the judgement and humility today. Just not really feel’n it.”
That sounds ridiculous, right?! Absolutely! Yet this is the approach of countless men and women who claim the name of Christ every day.
I’m excited for this series and looking forward to all that God does in and through it. I hope you’ll stay tuned and join us over the next few weeks as we discover, together, what it looks like to try and order a “God In A Box” as well as what we are called to in terms of a relationship with God.
Stay tuned for more…
A great blog from a good friend of mine, Carrie Guarrero, on a message that she shared with Illumination Church this past weekend. In her blog, Carrie addresses 3 things for us to consider when it comes to “love”.
Check it out!