You Can’t Lead Beyond the Leader

Cape Resurrection
Cape Resurrection (Photo credit: DCSL)

Last week, someone shared with me an insight that they had gained serving as a volunteer at Resurrection.

You can’t lead beyond the leader.

If you are not ultimately responsible for a ministry area, worship service, congregation, or nearly any other grouping of people there is always some limit on what you can implement. The leader has to make space for engagement, different perspectives and empower those that are being lead.

As a leader, equipping others is one of the most important things that I do.

As a follower, patience, encouragement and service are valuable in making progress.

Leadership Institute 2011 #li2011

It is Leadership Institute time again at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. This year there are over 2,000 church leaders from 700 churches, 46 states, Brazil, Scotland and South Africa here for 2-3 days of teaching, inspiration, worship and community.

I love these days. There is something that is powerful when there are hundreds of leaders from across the denomination that at some level are seeking the same thing – new life in their congregation and community. Personally, it is fun to see colleagues and peers who I know from seminary, social media or the annual conference.

If you are at Leadership Institute this year or have been in the past, what did you find to be most helpful about the experience?

Scripture Monday – Psalm 46:1-3

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God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3, NIV)

These powerful verses remind me of God’s providence. Lack of fear in the face of the turmoil that is described here is amazing. It reminds me that what I face day to day may not be as dire as I sometimes imagine that it is. More importantly, God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Thank you, God!

Speedlinking – June 18, 2010

2010 #kswumc – Ordination Service

It was a great day yesterday. I was ordained as an elder in the Kansas West Annual Conference at the Service of Commissioning and Ordination last night at the Bicentennial Center. We had a rehearsal at lunch time and got ready to go for the evening. After the afternoon plenary session, I went out to the car to pick up my robe and some slacks to replace my jeans. Dinner was with family and the others who were being ordained and commissioned courtesy of the catering team at the Bicentennial Center. Then to get ready for the service. Photos with family, the ordination class and the bishop came next. After the processional we moved through the service. A few of the meaningful experiences from the day:

  • Speaking on the phone with my sister, Kristin, from England first thing in the morning.
  • Sharing the evening meal at the table with my sister-in-law, Melissa.
  • A time of quiet just before the service to share a few moments with God in prayer.
  • Swinging my niece, Katie, walking in early to the arena.
  • Seeing the IT Director at Resurrection, Clif, livestream the service with his webcam.
  • Sensing the Holy Spirit upon me while Bishop Nhiwatiwa prayed before the elders were ordained.
  • Feeling the weight of hands on my head and shoulders while being ordained.
  • Looking into Bishop Jones’ face as he me commanded me to “Take thou authority…”
  • Having my stole placed over my head by my dad, Mark, followed by a powerful hug.
  • Linking fingers with my mom, Joyce, during the final hymn.
  • Sharing a conversation with my brother, Jonathan.
  • Hearing words of support and encouragement from aunts and uncles.
  • All the encouragement from social media from friends far and near.
  • Care and support from my wife, Nicole, throughout the day.

Thanks be to God.

The Leadership Summit 2009

This will be the third year that I am going to be a part of The Leadership Summit at Resurrection, which is serving as one of the satellite locations.

This is a two day event that originates from Willow Creek’s central campus in the Chicago area. Resurrection will receive a live satellite feed as will multiple other locations. It is generally an encouragement and I appreciate the opportunity to receive encouragement and some good leadership principles.

I hope to tweet some of the event using the #tls09 hashtag.

Will you be attending The Leadership Summit this year? Which location?