Sunday, October 10, 2004

Leaders, Can You Hear Me?

Len Hjalmarson emailed me recently with this challenge:

"Rob, you have one hour to tell 25 pastors and leaders what they need to know about leadership in this transitional time.

"What are you going to ask them?

"What things do you want them to know?"

Because I really like the example of Jesus, I think I'd respond to any questions by asking more questions. Even if I could get something condensed down to one hour, why would a talking head (especially mine) be helpful? Questions that would make them think, long after the hour was over, would be preferable (admittedly, these are just a wee bit on the "pointed" side).

Assorted Questions
  1. Are you listening to me? Really listening? (Matthew 11:15, The Message)

  2. Are the emerging generations (teenagers & 20-somethings) attracted to your church, or are they leaving?

  3. If they're leaving or have already left, to what do you attribute this?

  4. Have you actually asked any of them?

  5. On what Scripture passage do you base the idea that "leaving our church = falling away from God"?

  6. Listen to the following quote from a 20-something friend of mine in Winnipeg; she is articulating a common theme:
    "I am not really interested in where the church is going per se, but if there is a safe place for my parched and weary soul."
    (a) How would you respond to her statement?

    (b) When was the last time you read the Parable of the Lost Sheep
    (Luke 15:3-7)?

  7. Have any of you created a flowchart or diagram to demonstrate your effectiveness as a leadership team in living out the following verses?

    • "Jesus called them together and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave -- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.'" (Matthew 20:25-28)

    • "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." (Philippians 2:3-4)

    • "When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. 'Do you understand what I have done for you?' he asked them. 'You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.'" (John 13:12-15)
  8. Are you listening to me? Really listening? (Matthew 11:15, The Message)

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