We’re looking for the apostolic folk who want to start sacramental communities of all sizes and shapes, generations and geographies.
“First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” –Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird
You’re going to need people to pull this off.
The Christian entrepreneur who takes Harper Lee’s words to heart lives to minister another day. He gains new people to the cause because he truly cares for them, regardless of their background, which allows them to discover camaraderie. Plus, by learning to understand the people they serve, the Christian entrepreneur gains knowledge and wisdom.
Want to know how I can tell if you have respect for someone? I listen to the words and tone you use when you tell a story about them. Respect comes to life in relationships and story.
Story and respect are soulmates.
If I spent a day with you, what would I discover? If I took a 3-day train ride with you, how would I describe you when we arrived at the station?
Sacramental identity is the unique presence of Christ in you, a God-combo of your Psalm 139 knitting together and your baptism-day-Holy-Spirit washing. It is the predestined, divinely patented you, ordained by your Creator Father for His purposes in the world. In sacramental terms, it is the sacramental Jesus in you, the real presence of Jesus wrapped in your bread and wine.
New ideas require new thinking. Thinking that moves you from your office to the street. Thinking that gets your out of the boat to do the water-walking exercise with Jesus. Thinking that stays true to your values and mission but results in, well, new results.
If you are a leader, you want to lead. You have ideas of how your ministry, your congregation, or your organization should be led and would love to see those things happen.
Even if you are not the guy in charge. That’s what makes you a leader.
You are passionate about the place you work, the calling you have, and you want to move the vision forward. But what do you do when you aren’t the lead guy? How do you influence your organization when you aren’t the person in charge?
Because we can’t all be on the top of the org chart.
If you think my freedom list is schmaltzy, create you own. I bet yours would be just as cheesy. But I also bet yours would be just as wonderful.
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Four years ago, as I was sitting at the O2 Conference (then called the wiki conference), I was struck as speaker and founder of FiveTwo, Bill Woolsey spoke about baptisms. He stated that his church always had goals for baptisms, and prayed that God would use them to baptize 10% of their average weekend service attendance.
This launched a conversation around our Leadership Team about our baptismal prayer to the Lord each year. We too, boldly pray that we will be able to baptize at least 10% of our attendance at weekend services. But, we also then began to pray as Lutheran’s that 10% of all our baptisms each year would be adults.
When we teach the Business Model Canvas process in our incubator, we stress how the “Partners” box is one of the three most important boxes. Why? Because we believe in the power of team, because we believe your cause ought to be bigger than just you, and because your Kingdom impact is multiplied when you partner with others outside of your organization.