Thursday, November 02, 2006
I like the programme lost, I am currently watching series 2 on DVD.
The word lost is an interesting one, I heard Brian Mclaren say once that it's probably Christians who are lost. Using the analogy that if you have a message to give to someone and it never gets there, its lost.
Lost: I have lost my way on occasions, physically and spiritualy.
Actually my last post is really about leaders who are lost.
A number of good quality leaders are lost to churches that they maintain and get stuck with, they spend their days in offices surfing the net, studying for Sundays sermon, having pastoral meetings, trying to sort out the youth work, etc.. During this time stagnation creeps in were once they felt passion and had a sense of direction they now feel lost. This feeling of lostness causes them to find outlets; properties, business ventures, affairs, book writing, conference speaking, and a load of other challenges, these suddenly become a lot more appealing than maintaining church.
Frustration has led to distraction, distraction has led to new action. There is a perception that grows within the leader that says "the only place that new action can be found is outside of everyday church leading life." This is not actually true but believe me it exists within the minds of leaders, hidden, buried, but there.
By the way if your church leader has new initiatives and ministry ideas every few weeks, he is also lost and probably has to much time on his hands to read books and go to new conferences. If he says he keeps having new ideas because he is a visionary he's lying, he's bored and he's kidding himself.
Does financial stability hold people back from stepping out into new ventures? They call it diversifying or something like that, basically church leaders want the new ventures whilst having the financial benefits of leading a church, so they try and do both. Justifying one at the expense of the other.
What if say 50 of the guys who are leading comfortable churches in the UK, guys who once pioneered church, gave it up and moved to, say, mainland Europe to start new expressions of church. Do you think they would be okay? Do you think the churches they left behind would be okay?
You see no ones indispensible, maybe they have forgot that the church is bigger than any one man or woman. Maybe they have been doing the same thing so long that they are trapped, tangled up in and ensnared by church leadership. They feel a sense of obligation and duty to their "flock" which holds them back from stepping out into any new life giving venture. They need to remember its not their flock.
Maybe it needs to happen. LOST LEADERS rediscovering a LOST WORLD and pioneering new ways of connecting with and influencing it.
at 9:13 AM