Welcome to part 3 of 8 in “Confessions of An Anxious Leader or Chasing the Leadership Dragon.” In each of these posts I’m listing how systems thinking affects how I think about leadership. I now think about leadership as a matter of maturity.
What systems theory has taught me is that we grow and mature as we shift focus or emphasis in several categories of life. Some of these categories apply to individuals, some apply to congregations, some apply to both. I list these shifts or directions in no particular order. Today we look at item number two.
2) Maturity stresses adventure and direction towards these goals rather than safety. The Kingdom of God is out in front of us, not in recovering the distant past. Once salvation ceases to include sanctification, and the journey, we’re done.
Our current context is challenged on multiple fronts. One temptation in the face of these challenges is to see Church as a survivalist bunker. If instead we adopt the spirit of an ocean-crossing explorer, or a pilgrim, hunkering down becomes only a temporary measure before striking out again. Shrinking budgets and attendance patterns must propel us forward into the adventure where we fail, where we improvise, where we are driven by something greater than the impulse for safety, comfort, and the alleviation of anxiety. We are on the greatest adventure possible: God’s mission into the world.
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