Last night, I was delighted to join with the leadership community of KidZ At Heart International for a time of spiritual discernment. (I am blessed to have the greatest of teams!) We were (and are) consulting the Lord about his desire for our lives and ministry. As we evaluate our ministry mission, equipping people to reach and teach kids for Christ within their own culture, we want to know…
- Is our mission his mission?
- How would he desire for us to accomplish it?
- How does he want us to follow him today…and tomorrow?
If you’ve ever been through a corporate spiritual discernment process, you know how special it is. You also know that when you are asking God a question, sometimes he gives you back more questions. (That was definitely our experience last night!) God is “all about” process! And hs is most concerned about relationships – ours with him, our leaders with each other, and of course, our ministry team members with those we serve and wish to serve. He is faithful, but not always in a hurry, to reveal his will!
One of our team members shared a quote that was recently released by the North American Mission Leaders Conference in their case statement article. Their conference theme this year strikes a chord with us: Reset: Mission in a Context of Deep Change.
Here is a poignant quote from the article: “Deep change thrusts leaders into a perfect storm of urgency, uncertainty and vulnerability…Yet there is an upside to this perfect storm…Exponential and irrevocable change opens a window of unprecedented opportunity. Leaders fortunate enough to lead during deep change almost always have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to modify structures and “bet the farm” on innovative strategies that would otherwise never be considered, much less embraced.” http://www.themissionexchange.org/downloads/resetMag.pdf
Are you leading through deep change? I am. And I totally understand the “perfect storm of urgency, uncertainty and vulnerability. Maybe you do, too?
This morning I read a passage that brought me peace and excitement about that “once-in-a-generation opportunity” that we seem to be living through. “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men” (John 1:3-4).
Remember to lead…as he leads you.