Over the last 10 weeks I have been working with about 20 guys when it comes to our Spiritual Fitness Process at Elevation. It has been an amazing opportunity for these guys to get to know one another and for them to get to know what it means to be a follower of Jesus that makes followers of Jesus. So one of the recent weeks we began to talk about what is most important when it comes to helping people volunteer and work together as the church. It was a conversation that you could tell was creating energy in the room and was really starting to gain ground in each of the guys minds. So for me being a visual learner I started putting what they were talking about to a graph on the wipe board. (The Picture Above) When we were done this is what was fleshed out.
Now here is the thing. I believe that what we walked away writing out does not just pertain to a church community but to business as well. Here are the bullet points to the idea that we came up with:
- Most leaders are Baby Boomers or Gen X. so they are looking for tasks to be completed. Is the job getting done?
- Most Millennial’s or Generation Z (See this book.) would be looking for a relationship to happen with the person they are working with. Are we working together?
- So what we said was that if the job is not getting done, then the leader is going to get frustrated. If there is no relationship then the follower is going to get frustrated.
- The big idea for both to grow is that there is supposed to be talking/teaching while the tasks are being completed. (The idea: you watch, I do, we talk.)
- Then the leader and the follower grow and the opportunity for business or church growth happens as well.
What are your thoughts about the idea? What do you think is missing? Where do you feel the most frustration as a leader and as a follower?
This year part of my hope as a leader is to help the other leaders around me develop as well. So one of the things that we have done as a team is to make sure that we are developing ourselves. We have taken the challenge to read 15 books in the next year. (I am a book-aholic) These are books that we want to help us make an impact in how we lead now. They are also books that we want to help us continue to grow spiritually healthy. The other part of our challenge is to view or listen to 52 videos or podcasts in the year. Each one of us made a list of some books to read and shared it with each other. We also then created a list that where we are going to keep track of the videos and podcasts that we are using. We don’t want to ask people to go where we are not willing to go ourselves. We want to make sure that we are becoming the best leaders that we possibly can be for the people that we are leading.
What are some ways that you are challenging yourself to grow in this year?
This year at Elevation we are seeking to really develop the people on the inside but we want to prioritize for the people on the outside.
So what does that look like for the team at Elevation? How are we going to apply this to what we are doing?
Here are some of the things that we are planning to develop and do:
- Develop the leaders that are leading teams currently by equipping them spiritually and practically. (In our prayer, our purity, our purpose, our planning, our preparation, our practice, and our performance. Matthew 20:26)
- Seek to develop new leaders that are willing to take things and go further then we are now. (Our best is yet to come. Acts 12:25)
- Connect people to the abilities and strengths that they have been given to honor God. (Everyone has a place to play. Exodus 31:3)
- Prepare for the leaders that are going to arrive and thrive on the team at Elevation. (Leadership Development)
It is our prayer that we will be equipping the team to lead and multiply as we move forward in this year. The question is what are you doing to develop yourself as a follower of Jesus and a leader in your home, neighborhood, school and workplace?
One of the greatest things that I get to each week is lead a leadership event with the Rangeview Raiders Football team here in Aurora. I have about a half an hour with over 30 players that have chosen to be there each week. One of the things that we did was start out by defining what leadership was going to be for this team. Here is the definition that we chose to use:
“Leadership is mobilizing others toward a goal shared by the leaders and followers.” by Gary Wills
The intent is to enable the men of this team to see that leadership is so much more then yelling at their teammates to get things done. So we are unpacking what it means to be a leader and what it means to be a leader that is mobilizing others toward a goal that is shared. So each player took the time to set three goals for themselves:
- A goal that has to do with their athletics or season.
- A goal that has to do with their academics.
- A goal that has to do with their character.
It is so exciting to see these incredible young men take the time to be a part of this get together. But most of all it is exciting to see them take the responsibility to set goals for themselves and for the people that are on the team.
The question is what are you doing to become to be a better leader? Let’s list some of them here so others can see what they might be able to do as well.
EveryOne needs to grow (leadership development)
This is an area that I think we need to make a priority as we want to be a church that is enabling people to do ministry and lead others to Christ. That as we look around at the people that Jesus brings into this church body we could have the next Steven Spielberg (movie), the next John Elway (Bronco reference is important, sport), the next Dave Matthews, or Kanye West (music), the next Barrack Obama (politics) right there with us. When I talk about leadership development I am not just talking about the business leader idea all though that is important as well but that every believer is called to be a leader in an area where God has gifted them. Wouldn’t it be awesome if the body of Christ was equipping and releasing people to lead in areas of culture instead of trying to just fight it. Wouldn’t be awesome if we were encouraging our children that being a leader in theatre was just as great a calling as going to a foreign country. (Come on I have been to Hollywood, that can be pretty foreign) It is my deepest prayer that we will be encouraging and equipping people to be leaders in various areas of life.
Hebrews 6:1-3 (Msg) “So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God;  baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment.  God helping us, we’ll stay true to all that. But there’s so much more. Let’s get on with it!”
I love the way that this is put, “Grow up in Christ”. I pray that we get people to the place where they are able to say, “Let’s get on with it!” That the people in the church are not grown ups acting like children, crying out feed me to the pastors of the church. YOU NEED TO GROW UP! But they are seeking out Jesus Christ and seeking to be His child on their own. Let’s get on with being the leaders, developers, and people that are setting the pace for reaching people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Where do you see Jesus asking you to “Get on with it!” in your life?