How are you going to lead this year?

Jackie doing his thing…

This is a picture of Jackie doing what Jackie always did best.

Stealing home.

If I were to do anything this year, I’d like to be the guy who is always trying to steal home. I want to be the kind of leader that is willing to risk and not be afraid of getting thrown out. Isn’t this what leadership is about? It means being prepared and ready for anything and everything. There are risks of course. Obviously, no one likes being thrown out. You risk letting your team down. You risk having those who look to you to lead being disappointed. There’s also the possibility of grabbing that base and helping your side win. Thank God for Youtube. It had to have been an amazing moment to watch Jackie Robinson steal a base.

Let’s face it. This is how the local church needs to position itself, if the local church is going to make any kind of difference in the world when it comes to loving our neighborhoods and being people of the new commandment.  It’s not rocket science and it doesn’t mean we have to invest in any kind of quick fix solution to do what Jesus commands us to do. If we’re going to remain viable, we can’t give up, and we need to run the bases like theres no tomorrow. It means we need people who are willing to run the bases as well. Faithful, Christ loving people, who aren’t afraid to run. It’s not a one person job and unfortunately, what has killed lots of pastors is the impression that the burden for loving as Jesus loved falls on the shoulders of the pastor or even worse, the pastor looks at themselves as if they’re the only one on the team and it’s no wonder pastors are burning out by the second.

It’s my first day back in the office after being off for a little vacation with the family. I’ve stayed away from the office since Christmas Eve services. It’s nice to be back. A buddy of mine says,  as a pastor, coming off of vacation, in some ways is like reentering earths atmosphere and you pray that some of your tiles don’t fall off. I have lots to do this year and I’m convinced that I can’t do it alone. I will need to look for some base runners. I will need to be in shape myself both spiritually, emotionally, as well as physically. I will also need to lean heavily on the peace of Christ.

No matter what the larger church is going through today, I’m convinced with out a doubt that the below statement is still true today and needs to be part of every church’s stance when it comes to doing kingdom work, “The Church is called to undertake its mission even at the risk of losing its life, trusting in God alone as the author and giver of life, sharing the gospel, and doing those deeds in the world that point beyond themselves to the new reality in Christ.” (PCUSA Form Of Government) 

Even at the risk of losing its life.

“To God be the glory.” Amen.


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