Archive for February, 2009

I’ve been reading from Jim Putman’s “Church is a team sport”….finally found something that hits where I believe God is moving me in my walk with Him Crossroads Community Church. I hung on to this paragraph today:

“If a leader isn’t careful, he can circumvent his own philosophy by the way he acts.  He may want his people to function as a team but not be willing to lead that way himself. He becomes the dictator, the one with all the answers, the one who takes credit for the success of the team, who blames others when the team encounters a setback. A good leader models teamwork and expects the other leaders to follow and do-the same.”

I am so thankful that God has lead me in different path in leadership than what I’ve seen modeled at churches over the last couple of years. Don’t want to be a one man vision show……….but to have a vision from the one God who can transform a community working together as a team with others! Thanks.

TBC………..      

-Tom

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Posted: February 26, 2009 in leadership
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Ron Edmondson  shared this post today about “10 characteristics of good leadership”, socked me between the eyes, how about you?

-Tom

This is a random post, but I was thinking about leadership again today.  There are many leaders I know who certainly have responsibility for an organization, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider them “good leaders”.  (This is not aimed at anyone specific; so don’t read it as such.  If the shoe fits…)

 
Therefore, here are 10 characteristics of a good leader:  (in my opinion)
1.     Recognizes the value in other people, so continually invests in others
2.     Shares information with those in the organization.
3.     Has above average character
4.     Uses their influence for the good of others
5.     Is skillful and competent
6.     Not afraid for others to succeed (even greater than their own success)
7.     Serves others expecting nothing in return.
8.     Continues to learn
9.     Remains accessible, approachable, and accountable to others
10. Is visionary: Thinks for the organization beyond today.
I know pastors will immediately refer me to 1 Timothy 3 or similar passages, and I certainly am not discounting those passages. They are vital to the selection process of good leaders in the church. This post is not addressing the selection perspective, but the results perspective of good leadership, in the church, but also in the world.

Thanks Ron for your willingness to “put it down” this morning!!

After almost 4 years of trying to discern what, where and how God wanted to plant a Church…………….well, I think I’m beginning to see what He had in mind. This afternoon, I spend over two hours with over 35 people who are also getting it. So many people coming together to reach those who are “far from God” and help them become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ in the Halstead community and beyond…. working with other churches…….how fun is that? God always wins….. I’ll keep you posted!

-tom

Ron Edmondson posts from yesterday is resonating with how me and others are feeling God moving a “holy” wave of what Crossroads Church could be in the city of Halstead…..not to be set apart, but to be apart of the community…….the kind of church I want to be a part of…….how about any of you in your community?

-tom

from Ron Edmondson-

Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jeremiah 29:7

This verse is a motivational verse for me in church planting. I want a church that blesses the city in which it is planted.

The Israelites were promised prosperity. God had great plans for them. (Jeremiah 29:11) We love to quote the verse, but we often leave out the context in which it was written. God did have big plans for the people, but that promise was given only after they were told they were facing 70 years of captivity. During their time of exile, the Israelites weren’t to roll over and play dead. They weren’t to complain and revolt against the city. They were to work hard, build houses, plant crops, and have children. Even more than that, they were to bless the people who were holding them in exile. (Read Jeremiah 29:1-13 for a better context.)

I get tired of watching believers protest everything that moves contrary to their prescribed set of values rather than invest in the community around them in hopes of making it better. If we spent half as much time helping others as we did complaining about what we don’t like or agree with, I wonder if those outside the church would be more interested in what happens inside the church.

I want a church that is recognized in its community as a catalyst of positive change and influence that cares as much or more about people who aren’t even yet a part of the church. A church like that will prosper as the city where it is located prospers.

AMEN!

I am totally in a heart-set in recent days concerning where my time and efforts can afford to go. With so many things being developed these day to keep us distracted, God is clearing my head and especially my heart to be concentrated not on the things of this world, but more and more on what He wants and desires from me. Knowing that He actually desires a relationship with me is almost unbelievable, yet it is so supernatural to jump into.

Over the last four weeks, I have seen the students of our youth group, attenders of our church, friends who are around my family and those who of like heart and mind as myself…………well, there is a lot of change. God is moving something huge at Crossroads these days. He is removing the calamity that most new and old churches deal with more than concentrating on the very idea that they exist for Him reaching those who need Him more than ever. Thank you God for your Spirit moving around us, driving us towards being an Acts 2 church, family, co-worker, student and community. I am humbly blessed.

So, as I shut it down for tonight, it’s important for me to get out of the way of God’s desires and to remember that in all things……I am number two behind God’s number one. It’s only taken me 48 years of life to get fully on board with this revelation. I am humbly blessed.

-tom