“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
I love leadership stuff! I enjoy it in just about every known media – books, magazines, dvd’s, web-sites, blogs and especially anything with an iPhone application. Of course, this has translated into some creative leadership meetings, retreats, visioning sessions, etc over the years with my lead teams. Why do I like this stuff? I really don’t know. Perhaps I’m just hoping some of it will eventually rub off… that some of the characteristics of the great servant leaders I follow will actually become a part of my leadership DNA. Regardless, I just love leadership stuff. However, with my passion to equip, inform and inspire in the arena of Christian leadership, there exists a potential down-side. It is this down-side that is the leader lesson for today.
Be a Logos Leader. In other words, don’t forget the WORD! Now, I can’t actually recall seeking to lead my teams without referencing God’s Word. However, the temptation is to treat the Word as a supplement to whatever I am using otherwise to equip and inspire… that article, video, book, etc. If I’m not intentional, the Word of God becomes something held in reserve, just in case I need a little something extra to support my agenda. No, what I need to be reminded of is that it was, is and will forever be the Word of God that serves to awaken, empower, refresh, renew, correct, instruct and position all of us as servant leaders. Without it, its just more stuff in an ever increasing pile of mass media for the masses seeking to get ahead while collectively clamoring for the latest and greatest. Here’s my challenge to you as a servant leader:
- Get back to basics. Show up to your next leadership meeting with just a Bible.
- Select a passage and read it… slowly, deliberately.
- Have prayer and ask for insight.
- Spend a 1/2 hour or more just talking about what God’s Word is saying to you as a lead team.
- Repeat at next meeting.
Have no fear. Later in the day or week you can send an email to your team with a host of attachments leading them to some of the most creative and innovative stuff out there, assuring them that you are still a cutting edge, hip, with it, cool, relevant, missional, professional, blah, blah, blah kind of leader. Until then, remember what God’s Word says about the power of God’s Word…
“For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing sould and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) Now that’s “cutting edge!”
Log on to the Logos,