Sunday, September 13, 2015

Leaderspeak and First Liver Leaders...

As one who has spent lots of time over the years with leaders crafting mission statements, planning strategic initiatives, and interacting with a variety of ministry models, I find the statement above correctively refreshing and embarrassingly true and funny—all at the same time.

As Homer Simpson would say: "Doh!"

But there is something more here too.

Think about it. 

"Mission statement." "Strategy." "Ministry model." 

That's a lot of leaderspeak.

And one of the problems with leaderspeak is that it makes the person speaking feel like a leader without actually leading.

Why is this a problem?

In the words of the Apostle Paul:
"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power." —1 Corinthians 4:20

And three verses earlier in 1 Corinthians 4:17, Paul explained that the power he had was a multiplying Jesus-like disciplemaking "way of life."

If you're wondering what a Jesus-like mission, strategy and model looks like—not as someone who merely talks about leadership—but as one who leads a Jesus-like disciplemaking "way of life," then...

If leaders aren't first livers then it's only leaderspeak.

Do we really need more of that?

Talking leadership does not a leader make.

Talking about disciplemaking doe not a disciplemaker make.

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