I recently finished reading Seven Lessons for Leading in Crisis by Bill George. This is a short book that explains basic leadership lessons as described in the names of each chapter:
- Face Reality, Starting with Yourself
- Don’t Be Atlas; Get the World Off Your Shoulders
- Dig Deep for the Root Cause
- Get Ready for the Long Haul
- Never Waste a Good Crisis
- You’re in the Spotlight: Follow True North
- Go on Offense, Focus on Winning Now
I found the first three chapters to be particularly helpful. I have a tendency to try to take all the responsibility for getting things to turn around if I am part of a team that is facing a crisis. It was helpful to be reminded to be honest with myself, share responsibility and look for the root of the problem. While the focus of this book is on business leaders, I found solid parallels with leadership in the church. The guidance is illustrated well by narrative examples of leaders who have performed well or poorly in crisis. I found this to be a helpful technique.
I recommend this book to people looking for an easy read that provides pithy guidance on leadership.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher.
What is a correct relationship between the Son / Holy Spirit and me? Who can I depend on for strength in time of weakness?
I believe that it is faithful to consider yourself a child of God the Father, a sister or brother of God the Son and as one living with God the Holy Spirit alive within you.
Can I depend on God the Father or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit in time of weakness? I believe the answer to this is yes. We may find ourselves in different times of crisis relating to God in different ways, but I believe that all persons of Trinity are in relationship with us and offer strength in the times of weakness or crisis.
I encourage you to chose a few passages below and reflect on your relationship with God. What are your thoughts? How do you most often relate to God?
Child of God the Father
- Luke 20:27-39
- John 1:1-13
- Romans 8:1-28
- Galatians 3:23-4:7
- Hebrews 12:4-13
- 1 John 3:1-10
- 1 John 5:1-12
- Revelation 21:1-8
Sister or brother of God
- Jesus interaction with his family
- Matthew 12:46-50
- Mark 3:20-34
- Luke 8:19-21
- Jesus urge to the women to tell his brothers the news of the resurrection
- Matthew 28:1-10
- John 20:1-18
- Hebrews 2:5-14
God the Holy Spirit living within you
- Romans 8:1-17
- 2 Corinthians 2:12-3:6
- 1 Peter 2:4-9
This question came out of a young adult small group taster last Sunday morning in which I taught about the question “What is the Trinity?”