Help! 30 minutes to ask a leader 5 questions, what would you ask?

Taking a
sabbatical from active leadership and trying to gain insights about leadership.

 

In just a
couple of months I have the privilege of taking a seven week sabbatical. One of
the things that I want to accomplish is to sit down with some leaders of
for-profit; non-profit and religious organizations and ask them five questions
concerning leadership styles, successes, failures, and trends.  If you had the opportunity to sit down and
talk to a leader you admire, what would you ask? 

 

Any input
would be appreciated. Post ideas in the comment section of this blog.

Being a Leader: My Plans Are Useless

Being a
leader for a ministry and a group of people, it is important to have plans.
Leadership demands that there is a plan. Worship services demand that there is
a plan. However plans made by me are useless. 

 

Some days
that I read God’s word it just jumps off the page. Then there are days like I
experienced this morning that it seems like a foreign language. You know the
feeling when you read you can’t understand the thoughts or make sense of the
story. I am glad that these mornings are not the norm.

 

Even today
as it all seemed foreign, God still spoke to me through one verse (Isaiah
22:11) “But all your feverish plans are to no avail because you never ask God
for help. He is the one who planned this long ago.”

 

I am pretty
good at planning things out and there is a lot of anxiety that takes place in
my life when I don’t.  However, I have
come to understand that I often fall short on taking time to ask God for help
in the planning and once plans are on paper asking God for help in carrying
them out.

 

Even when I
don’t understand everything I read in God’s word, He still speaks.  I am glad He reminded me, challenged me with
the verse from Isaiah 22 and reinforced by this verse: "Commit your activities to the Lord and your plans will be achieved." Proverbs 16:3

Worship: method vs. person

"Whenever
the method of worship

becomes more important than the person of worship,

we
have already prostituted our worship.

Judson Cornwell

Worship is recognizing God

"Worship is
recognizing God for who he is; it is ascribing worth to him; it is God’s people
telling him about the worth they see in him.
"

Don Weaver

Preparing for Worship: am I ready?

It’s
Thursday and time to wind down my office work week. The question that always
comes up this time of the week is: “am I ready for worship this Sunday?”  For me that question has two parts: Part 1, has
all the stuff been done that must be done to pull off a Sunday morning at
ClearView; Part 2, am “I” ready for
Sunday worship?

 

Both parts
of the question are important but emphasis must be given to “am I, (me, not the things) ready
for Sunday worship?” All the stuff can be done: tech scripts written; stage
set; musicians rehearsed and even clothes decided upon, but that doesn’t really
make me ready for worship.  I am ready
for worship when I stay in a conversation with God throughout the week. Am I
talking to Him? Am I actively listening for His voice? If I hear His voice am I
responding properly?

 

I want to,
personally, be ready for Sunday…it is such a great day to celebrate and
continue in a conversation with God through worship and study with people of
like mind.

 

If you were
to ask yourself the question “Am I ready for Worship this Sunday” what would be
your answer?