Leadership is a team effort
Passionate leaders who discipline themselves according to their hard-won mutual agreements are key to accomplishing great things.
Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt from it
Read Philippians 3:12-21
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
More thoughts for meditation
Paul’s leadership was crucial to the spread of faith in Jesus. In the passage for today, his passion is striking. He assumes everyone will come to their rendition of his kind of passion. If they don’t, he expects God will shine His light on why they haven’t. He is content that people should at least live up to what has already been given to them, even if they are not as ambitious as he is for the fullness of life in the Spirit.
Paul’s thinking is characteristic of how leaders serve the church.
- They trust God for clarity.
- They hope everyone will give what they have been given.
- They stay out front encouraging everyone.
- They stay behind helping people to keep moving.
- They expect people to live in the light they have.
The leader relies on the mutual agreement we all have with God. He or she does not create faith or supply spiritual motivation. Christians live together in love and truth by their mutual agreement as people who are gifted with the Spirit of God. Our agreement holds us together. Agreement is a description of an action, not just a name for a document. Our ongoing, mutual dialogue in Christ forms and shapes our mutual understanding and direction. That agreement is a key factor in how much difference we make.
So we often talk about our agreements when we describe our relationships; and we try to be careful to write them out so we know what we are talking about.
- The whole church creates a yearly agreement; we call it “The Map.”
- Each cell spends some time inventing the agreement that will lead them.
- The covenant members at the heart of the church live by their covenant.
- Our staff works by agreement; we call them “covenants for service.”
- The compassion teams and mission teams are defined by their agreements.
Our agreements lay out what we have “already attained.”
Our agreements are practical expressions of our passion for one another and our common mission. They are not contracts or laws; they are like the membranes around a cell that gives the cell its character while still allowing for growth and change. The leader is a catalyst who activates and monitors the movement of all we have agreed to be and do.
Suggestions for action
Pray: Give me passion to pursue the prize.
Spend some time praying for your leaders: pastor, cell, team. If you have the time, pray for their leaders: the Cell Leader Coordinators, The Core Teams, and yourself, the Council. Pray especially that we live up to what we have already attained.
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