I got a couple terrific comments on my last post about “Doing Life…”. Now, I don’t know if it is proper blog etiquette to post comments from a previous post, but I’m gonna do it. Both of these comments come for Community Christian Church staff. One is an important correction to something I said. And another is like sixth point (and maybe the most important point) that I should have included.
The first comment comes from Tammy Melchien and it is an important correction to #2 – You don’t have to work in the evenings. Here is what she said: Just for the sake of pushing back a little… 🙂 I have found that #2 has gotten easier as I’ve “moved up” in leadership. Now most of the people that report to me are staff so it’s much easier to protect evenings and schedule meetings during the day. But when I was a Kids’ City Campus Director it was hard to protect evenings because most of the people who I needed to connect with were moms who couldn’t do early morning meetings. Sometimes we’d meet during the day at their homes with their kids around but if we wanted a distraction-free meeting that wasn’t a good choice. I just think #2 can be more challenging for those who work primarily with volunteer leaders than for those of us who work primarily with ministry staff. Good stuff, Tammy.
The second comment comes from Kirsten Strand and is a nice compliment, but also an important principle for leaders who want to do life and not let life do them. Here is what she said: The other thing you do really well, Dave, is what Andy Stanley talks about in his book “The Next Generation Leader”—“only doing what only you can do.” Highly effective leaders know that they don’t have to have their hands in everything, so they empower leaders and teams to do those things that don’t have to be done by “the big guy.” The whole model and culture of CCC is to develop and nurture others. I have a long way to go, but I find that the best use of my time is developing people to do as much of my job as possible, so that I can spend my time preparing for the “next step” in my ministry. Thanks for setting that example, Dave! Thanks Kirsten for the kind words. This is a very important principle.