Tension in relationshipsOne of the axioms that guides new ministry is the one from LifeChurch Pastor Craig Groeschel, who says:

If you want to reach people you’re not currently reaching you’re going to have to do things you’re not currently doing.

In other words, if we continue doing this through the same way, we will continue getting the same results. If we desire to get different results then we will have to do ministry different than we're doing it right now.

Here's where the tension comes when you design anything new there will people be people that do not understand nor agreed with the course of action you choose to take. The tension is this, we are pressed to choose between relationships and the risk of the new vision.

Not everyone is designed to be a risk taker. And at the same time. Relationships are vital and important. So the tension becomes creating new ministry platforms will put you a direct odds with these valuable and vital relationships. 

The choice then becomes between two very, very good things and how are you to decide that is one of the dilemmas of leadership so choose wisely and choose well.

So, one of the requirements of leadership is to place the correct people into the team, whose DNA can allow for change and creativity. Having that firmly established in the culture of the organization will allow you to grow and adapt without holding the team relationally hostage.

Even with safeguards in place you can never completely eliminate the tension between the two. Following Christ is and remains a step of faith and so there will always be a certain stepping out process that will be required. 

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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