A couple weeks I ago I spent a couple days in Dallas at the invitation of Bob Buford and Leadership Network with some significant leaders in the generosity movement. There are some people of tremendous influence and resource that want to see people, churches and organizations become more generous for the Kingdom sake. It was very inspiring!
There were a couple highlights for me. First it was an honor to be there representing church planting through our NewThing Network and Church Planting Network (CPN). I came away from this event convinced that the best distribution platform for getting out the message of generosity is through new churches. I’m also convinced that some significant partnerships are going to be formed between these leaders of the generosity movement and leaders in the church planting movement. Stay tuned.
Secondly, I got to spend some time with Bob Buford and watch his
leadership in action. Bob is a very successful businessman, author and founder of Leadership Network. As I watched his leadership, he is a man of few words, but precise and
decisive action. He knows how to get things done. One of the great influences on his life was Peter
Drucker, a prolific author and the father of modern management. The
old pic in this post is of Drucker and Buford in the early days
of Leadership Network. I got a follow-up e-mail from Bob stating some of his take-aways from our gathering and his observations about changes in Kingdom work. I got Bob’s permission to post his observations here; he called them “the future that has already happened” (a well-known Drucker phrase):
- From focus on sin to focus on service.
- From hierarchies to networks.
- From institutional learning to learning from best practices.
- From old and shrinking to new and growing.
- From sin management (repression) to dreams.
- From good intentions to results and performance.
- From tell’em what to do to support them.
What do you think? Do you see these changes happening too? Agree? Disagree?