At the Global Leadership Summit 2019, we heard from leaders from business, churches and government. All of what they said has application to pastoral/ecclesial leadership and we’d like to share what we learned from this year’s Summit. This is a first post in a series of posts over the next few months.
Craig Groeschel, founding and senior pastor of Life Church with 10 locations across the country taught us three things:
- Bend The Curve (BTC)
- Burn the Ships
At some point your continued efforts result in a diminishing return for the investment, where as your resources increase, your progress decreases. What you want to do is Bend the Curve to do more with less. How often do you feel there aren’t enough volunteers, staff, money or spaces to hold meetings? Sometimes you CAN do more with less if you allocate resources differently. How do leaders BTC? They think inside the box. Now, that seems counter intuitive to common knowledge. But thinking outside the box can give you too many options to choose from, leading to analysis paralysis. Embrace the constraints you are working under. Constraints drive creativity. How can we get from A to B with our limitations? For example, maybe you don’t have catechists for a couple of your 3rd grade classes. You’ve already considered splitting them into the other 3rd grades but there are just too many for any one teacher to monitor. You don’t have staff to take over the classes. What to do? Perhaps you offer to support the families in catechizing their children in their own homes, thus allocating resources (parents) to do part of the work that is theirs to do, being the first teachers of the faith.
Creativity can get you there. “God guides by what God provides.” Following the leading of the Holy Spirit, you WILL have enough to get done the work that is yours to do. If Bending the Curve seems impossible no matter how hard you try, leaders have to ask themselves, is this the work God wants me to do?
Burn the ships. Eliminate the option to turn back. Commit to a vision. Do whatever it takes to fulfill the mission within the parameters set out by Jesus. To do this, you need to know to what you are called and why does it matter? Believe wholeheartedly in the answer to that question and stick with it. God will provide the “how.”
Step out of your fears, doubts and negative voices and step into your calling. Then you will be doing what God has tasked you to do.