Multitasking and communication

The bigger an organisation becomes, the more a leader has to prioritize tasks. That is not a news flash.

So what makes it to the top of your list in your role as a leader? Of all the things that you can do, of all the things that require your attention, what is it that you alone can do?

The main thing is your role as communicator. Giving information with clarity is job number one. Information is what keeps the team in-formation.

The past few days have required that kind of personal attention. Our church has a team of seven headed to Manila to explore the possibilities of finding transferable evangelistic principles in working with teens.

Creating a platform for internet communication, almost real-time reports for the church in Germany became a priority. Many secondary pleasures had to fall to the side in order to get ministry accomplished. In the coming days both this site and a new church site will carry blog updates.

What are you doing to keep your closest circle informed and providing the feeling of being connected?

Hiring correctly

Seth GodinIn a recent article Seth Godin speaks about the difficulties of breaking free and changing your direction.

The guy [Bill James] who revolutionized baseball stats had a simple insight: past performance is a good indicator of future performance.

Although we claim to enjoy our freedom and really struggle against anything that restricts our choice, are we really free? Theologians would indicate that although we have a will that can choose, we have a bent that restricts true freedom. Although all things can become new, until that pattern is set, past performance is often a better indicator of future performance.

Godin points out this trait plays out in the hiring process. When you put a team together for a project, getting the right people selected is going to be critical. It is not just a good interview that determines the outcome, but whether the team can count on each other. Especially in a non-profit environment, where it is volunteer service, without the enticement of the carrot or the motivation of the stick.

Your Jesus determines your church plant

Christology is the basis of your church plant. In other words, your theology - biblical or unbiblical, good or bad, will determine your church plant. Let me explain.

The Apostle Paul would deepen Jesus' words - I will build my church. Paul said it this way: We are his body.

Ok. So far, so good. Now, how do you view Jesus?

If your theology views him as being an extension of Israel - ie separate from all nations, to be holy via being disconnected from the world, your church will be shaped by that view. You will tend not to associate with those that are messy. You will find "biblical" reasons for your righteousness to stay away from the hurting and broken of the world, lest you become soiled.

Should your biblical understanding view Jesus as the incarnate Son of God who entered a sinful world to redeem mankind, and that would mean associating closely with sinners - that will also shape your church. You will become the salt of Mt. 5 - and you take your responsibility to enter a broken world very seriously. You will look for ways to express that need.

Biblical theology is huge. Understanding who Jesus really is will make a world of difference in what your church will ultimately become, and shape the impact you will have on your community and culture.

Keith Gandy - GermanyKeith Gandy - Germany

Keith, originally from the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, has been planting a church in Aschaffenburg, Germany for over thirty years. Daughter churches have also been started and missionaries have been sent out of the congregation. Annually, he participates in encouraging other European church-planters and frequently travels to visit them in their respective field of service.

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