Friday, March 28, 2003

I’m reading morph! during week day lunches. First off, good book. Everyone in any sort of ministry leadership needs to read it! I am also doing research for a biblical integration paper on boards/committees/elders for my Educational Admin class. Two thoughts from my reading struck me as especially ‘morphing’. Leaders as curators and leaders as architects. As curators, leaders put together teams. Great teams are curated more than led. Each member has a unique contribution and it is up to the leader to curate the team. As architects, leaders design the ethos of the organization. They cannot, by themselves, build the ethos, but their design is the crucial factor in the building of the ethos.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

You know that car commercial where two people are driving through the city, radio on, and everything is moving to the beat of the music. Kinda weird. Last night after bible study I experienced something like this—a dance of sorts. There were six of us in the church office. Two were hunched over a textbook, speaking a foreign language called “microwave engineering.” Two were creating on an art project at the copier—a copier which was not cooperating. Two others were hovering over the computer, do an online crossword puzzle. It was all very odd. I don’t think anyone else in the room really got it. Oh well, that’s life as me…

Monday, March 24, 2003

A challenge...

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push us in the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
- Sir Francis Drake, 1577

Sunday, March 23, 2003

On the other hand, here's something from an Antithesis article (by alexander strauch) called "setting things in order"

The elaborate hierarchical structures of our churches robs "God's people of their lofty position and ministry in Christ, and [exchanges] Christ's supremacy over his people for the supremacy of the institutional church."

Not much to say today, but I feel compelled...