Posts Tagged ‘ Leading ’

Continuing to Unpack (Catalyst 08)

A Golf tournament and frustrating sermon prep have helped me to continue the break down process from the Catalyst Conference.  I played in a captain’s choice tourney this morning with 3 guys that I thought would carry our team to victory.  Each one of them is above average as a golfer and as a team we should have finished with a ton of Birdies, BUT we didn’t!  My evaluation of what happened: our focus was not on winning!  We laughed, joked and had a great time, but at the end of the day we were only 2 under…that is pathetic.  I did not finish my sermon until just little bit ago.  I am usually finished by Tuesday!  In the rush and frustration of not being done, little things about our service started piling up and I got mad!  I mean I was really pissed off?  I typically just handle things and strive under pressure, but tonight I found myself in a different state of mind.  My evaluation: some of the team lost focus and as the leader I chose to dump my frustration with myself onto their situation.  

The unpack is this, it is not enough to just have the right people on your team.  The value is added when the people have the focus and drive to accomplish the vision!  Also, as the leader it is vital for me to constantly be on top of my responsibilities in order to keep others motivated and focused on the vision.  I cannot lead others effectively in their role when I am playing catch up on mine!  Catalyst filled my head and my heart with info and zeal, today God used golf and lack of prep to begin showing me how it plays out?


Called to Lead…Learning to Trust

I was listening to a message by Mark Driscoll the other day and he said something that really peaked my interest.  I can’t remember it word for word, but the theme of his statement is what penetrated my heart.  You can give all the resources and money to a person that is not qualified to lead and regardless of how much they have, they will fail.  On the other hand, it has been proven that people that are called to lead will succeed regardless of their resources because they will find a way to make it happen.  I began to think back over my life and my 10 years of full time ministry through this filter over the past few days.  Many times I have survived on nothing with no one around me to help.  Many times I have seen great things take place out of a simple and seemingly scarce plan.  I have lead large groups and small, each with great outcomes.  I have failed more times than I can count along the way, but each time I got back up and learned how not to make the same mistakes.  

After reflecting on Driscoll’s statements I would say that God has called and equipped me to be a leader!  I would add one very important fact from my own experience to his statement.  I have never made something out of nothing without God coming through and providing a way.  Whenever I am following his perfect plan for me, He always comes through in mighty ways.  Today was one of those days.  It seems that God has always taken me to a place of total dependence before He comes through to rescue me.  He has never rescued me only to put me back where I started.  Every time He provides the way it is always more spectacular and grandiose than I could have ever imagined.  Much larger than my simple ways could ever comprehend.  Giving me everything I need and all the things that I would have never known to ask for!  His ways are mighty and his favor makes me stand in Awe!