Our work is providing spiritual leadership to our congregation. We treat our work and each other with respect.
Our leadership is lived out individually by our regular participation in a life of worship, fellowship, and service (worship plus two) and by making a financial pledge (a forward looking commitment) to the church.
In our conversations together we will …
- Focus on issues and behaviors, not personalities.
- Seek to focus our attention on describing the situation rather than evaluating the situation.
- State an opinion and “own it” by saying “this is my opinion.” In my experience the number of people described by phrase “some people are saying” is usually about 3.
- Share all the information we need to make a decision and not withhold our opinion or information to share with the “parking lot committee” at another time.
- In our church council meetings we will …
- Understand that, as a rule, there are no emergencies in church life. Decisions are best made in a prayerful and deliberate manner. In my experience this has usually meant praying over a decision for at least several days.
- Understand that disagreements will emerge.
- State our disagreements openly in private and stand together in public.
- Support the decisions of the church council whether it reflects our personal views or not
I will lead by …
- Engaging us with the world by reading books and articles that are not overtly Christian.
- Engaging us in the Word by reading the Bible together in a disciplined way (to be determined in the coming weeks).
- “Hunching” when I have not done the homework and showing you the data when I have.
- Challenge us to live out Matthew 18 when inevitable conflicts emerge.