When is a leader not to lead?
When you are in paid ministry of course. WE have the challenge of being in leadership positions but called to let others chart the course and vision. But we are also called to share a vision, to provide a steering hand on the rudder, to be visionkeepers. We have to lead from the middle, to know when it is time to stand out front yelling "Follow me!" and when to facilitate the work of others who are out in front.
This was a topic of discussion during my retreat last month. IT also comes to mind as I consider the morning's sermon. A sermon where I plan to ask the question How viable and vital are we as a congregation? and the follow-up How do we increase our viability and vitality?. In such questions leadership and vision are crucial. But then there is the balance that it is NOT just me that has to provide the answers. In fact it is not mainly me.
Sometimes I wish that I did run the church, well almost. Then I wake-up and realize that I can daily thank God that I don't.