I sat through Laurel Buckingham’s lecture, well Q&A, this morning and appreciated the reflected discussion. He’s been a very successful pastoral leader. So that was a good experience.
He shared these four keys to success:
1. Be on time.
2. Do what you say you are gong to do.
3. Finish what you start.
4. Say please and thank you.
It struck me that all these things deal with respect. Respect of people and respect for The Church – His Bride.
We talked today about metaphors for the church in the Scriptures; you will think about the body, the bride, a royal priesthood, the family, friend of God, a chosen people, the sheep of His pasture… you will think of more I’m sure. Then we talked about the imagery of the leader. Think of priest, prophet, teacher, apostle, teacher, evangelist, king, shepherd… again there’s more.
Here’s the question that got me thinking. What imagery do you have in mind when you envision your leadership? And then how does that inform your leadership style? Your leadership outcomes?
It dawns on me that I’ve grown up in the tidal wave of leadership material that has formed much of my thinking about how to pastor. It raises the question if we have managed to shape a generation of pastoral leaders around a very narrow image of what it means to lead God’s people?
It’s worth considering.
The Apostles Creed
I BELIEVE in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried;
He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.