If you’re not familiar with Seth Godin, he’s a blogger/entrepreneur/programmer/marketer/genius who daily challenges what you think about everything.
Seth, as far as I know, is not a believer in Jesus. But what he writes is brilliant and you would have to write off much of the book of Proverbs in order to not pay attention to what he writes. Often I take one of Seth’s business or marketing thoughts and apply it to my walk in the Kingdom. The parallels are uncanny.
Anyways, jump over today and read Seth’s short post entitled “In and Out.” It’s worth the read. Basically Seth asks the question: “How much information do you need before you begin to do revolutionary things?”
Let me rephrase it a little differently, in light of our shared Kingdom priorities:
How many healing conferences are you going to attend before you start to pray for people with cancer?
How many times will you read through the Bible before you start a 2 & 3 or LTG with someone?
How many books on evangelism will you read before you go and start talking to lost people?
Or, if you want to get personal about it: How many house church books and conferences am I going to go to before I start planting and multiplying house churches?
The thing is, in the West, we prefer to know everything and then obey a little. Jesus would prefer us to obey all of the little we know.
So here’s my impromptu exhortation to you today. In what area do you know way more than you should but are doing very little with the knowledge? Obviously we want to wait for God’s sending and there are character issues that need to be addressed. But is that what’s really holding you back?
Or is it fear?
We’ve been talking a lot in our house church about what the future looks like. What does it mean to be a church made up of more than one house church? What does leadership look like in an environment like this?
“Brian McGaffigan writes,
The job of facilitator/change agent was described by Ifor Ffowcs-Williams when he asked the question: ‘Would you like a job that offers no formal authority; a high degree of uncertainty; no regular hours; and you will need to earn respect from skeptics; be proactive when the limelight fades; work with energy drainers; lead from behind – no ego tripping. The upside of the job is that you can break patterns; cross boundaries; build bridges across your community; be a hero finder uncovering talent; make things happen through others; influence people in and beyond the cluster; satisfy your hunger for Action; and make a dent in the universe?'”
Obviously there are a lot of character qualifications and Kingdom mandates left out of this description. But if you marry the kind of person Scripture says should lead with these characteristics, I think you get a much clearer picture of what Kingdom leaders look like.
What about you? What would you add to this list? How is this different than leaders you see in the world?