I’ve been the pastor of Central Baptist Church for nearly thirteen years. In that time you’d think I’d feel as though I know what I am doing. But I have a confession to make.
I really don’t. I’m making this all up as I go along.
I’ve tried many things which have fallen flat on their face. And even my greatest “successes” begin with little more than a rough framework and some guiding rules to keep us steering on the path. Because of this I’m typically good at setting direction, but I depend on others to lead us across the goal line. This is often because my brain chokes on the details wants to pull back again to see the big picture.
Happily, people at Central are willing to take the batons I fumble and run with them. Together, we end up doing some wonderful things.
But I’m still making it all up as I go along.
Keep that in mind when you’re interacting with people in leadership positions – at work, politics, or in a volunteer organization like a church. Many of us have goals 1, and a general lay of the land for beginning a journey toward those goals. But we depend on those with whom we work to see those goals met. After all, when a project is underway we might already be searching the horizon for the next target.
- And a leader without goals really should be leading anything. ↩