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?
Did you ever have that moment in your life where someone told you that you were acting so grown up? It sometimes happened when you did a chore that your mom had wanted you to do for a long time. She sees you do it and she says “Wow that is so grown up for you.” I always remember my grandmother saying “Scott you are being such a grown up.” That comment was usually right after I had done something that showed some concern for someone other then myself. I heard a pastor this summer share that one of the major problems with the churches today is that they are full of spiritual BRATS. That to many of the so-called spiritual leaders of the church body are still just infants.
Hebrews 5:12-13 (NLT) You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things a beginner must learn about the Scriptures. You are like babies who drink only milk and cannot eat solid food.  And a person who is living on milk isn’t very far along in the Christian life and doesn’t know much about doing what is right.
Yes we are to start out like a baby but we are not to stay there in spiritual growth. We need to keep the awe and wonderment of a child, but we are to develop our attitudes about knowledge about Jesus to see more then ourselves. As we continue to gather biblical knowledge it does not on itself lead to spiritual growth. It is when we use that knowledge in our lives especially when it comes to our relationships. Notice it finishes the verses up by saying “Doing what is right.” As I read more and more of how Jesus developed His disciples it was by through giving them knowledge but then enabling them to experience it through life.
Are you a spiritual brat? Are you a person that has a lot of knowledge but never lives it out? Maybe what you need to do is get involved with others and start actually applying what is in your head and hopefully your heart. We will take a look at that even more tomorrow.