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Cracking Your Church's Culture Code, by Samuel Chand

The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader's Day, by John C. Maxwell

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The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations, by Brafman & Becksrom

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Church 3.0, by Neil Cole

The Shaping of Things to Come, by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost

Monthly Archives: September 2013

“I’m Yertle the Turtle! Oh, marvelous me!For I am the ruler of all that I see!”…

So goes the refrain from from one of the stories that shaped my young mind as grade-schooler. As I look back on that story, I cannot help but notice how current is the point of this little parable in the discussion of modern leadership culture.

As the story goes, Yurtle is “King” of the pond and unsatisfied with his power. 
I have to admit, most of my life I had no idea what the word “glory” meant, except as used in phrases like “The Glory Days”, and “Go out in a blaze of glory”. It seemed to mean something shiny, bright, or good. Then a couple of years back I dug into what the Bible means by it. What I found was that it took several words to really get the meaning of this Greek word,”doxees” : A very apparent weight of (usually God’s) presence.

As I was reading through the introduction and first two chapters of Danny Silk’s book, “Culture of Honor”, I was struck with how I was seeing concepts from “Messy Spirituality”, “Forgotten Ways”, and our “Leadership in the Journey” booklet woven together as the the author described the culture of the ministry environment at his church in Redding, CA.  There was a more thorough discussion of “five-fold” ministry and the affirmation that integrating and implementing all of these leadership giftings goes hand-in-hand with empowering every believer to find their full calling and role in keeping the gates of heaven flowing on and through us as a fellowship.

Yesterday I was with my brother and fellow church planter talking about the challenge of what we do – and the question came up of how do we know if we have what it takes to do this. We see people come and go – sometimes we lose friends over it. In carving a new path of followership with Jesus, we find out not everyone is up for it. It reminds me of the Revolutionary war: In the beginning there were people who saw so clearly the value of self-determination and freedom that they were willing to actually die for it. Now, 235 years later, our Congress has a bill that would fine people for not buying health insurance. Who understands what those guys died for any more? And would anybody here do it now?

How do you know if you’re that guy? We decided that if a person is ready at some point look around see no one else walking with them, and keep going anyway because what your doing is worth your very life, then you’re that guy.

As I was running in the heat today, I was burdened with one of the symptoms of our lack of understanding of how to follow Jesus – the way we respond to leaders. Phil Keaggy recorded a song 1994 that captures this, and how we all are walking in the same fragile grace: