Team Sport

Dear Leaders,

Ronald Heifetz, one of the greatest leadership theorists, says, “When an organization calls you a 'leader,’ those in authority reward you for doing what they want you to do and punish you for changing things in ways that require them to work differently or that threaten their world view.” All systems tend toward self-protection and long for equilibrium, the church even more so.

The dynamic Heifetz lifts up causes most of us to exercise great caution before we assume a position of leading.  Like anything else one can get in trouble due to being inept as a leader. The other side of the coin is that leadership can put you in peril if you do it well. History is filled with stories of leaders who were crucified, killed, tortured, imprisoned or worse for being effective at their task.

Books by Dr. Ronald Heifetz include “Adaptive Leadership”, "Leadership (Without) Easy Answers”, and his classic work “Leadership on the Line.”

Scripture to reflect upon: Exodus 17:8-10, 24:12-16, 33:8-11. Moses struggled to lead. His greatest success came in seeing leadership as a team sport and engaging Joshua and others in his efforts.

Prayers: For Leaders and Followers; for the Walters family as they traverse the journey of mourning and moving forward with Easter truth; for those preparing to go back to school.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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