I have enjoyed re-reading "Leading Change in the Congregation" by Gilbert Rendle. Many of the thoughts he presents stimulate me widening the narrow box(s)of my thinking. I like the insight he gives on what one can and cannot control in leadership. Rendle writes, "Given the variables of the world today and the impact it has on the local congregation, only 40 or 50 percent are actually under the control of the congregation: Such as shifting values and lifestyles of people; people moving; changing neighborhoods, etc. These are just a few examples of significant change that congregations cannot control but impact the ongoing life of the congregation" (page 60).
Rendle continues by saying, that "it is the role of leadership to recognize the uncontrollable variables impacting and influencing the congregation and to inform people within the congregation. The role and responsibility of the leaders is not to fix whatever is causing the problem but to describe and understand what various issues or variables they will need to address in order to lead change in the system" (p. 61). Leaders are to be a point of convergence for communication and information within the local church fellowship and they are to be social connectors in that they invite people to the table of discussion and discernment to formulate a response to/for the information received.
What variables can a leader control? Rendle lists five that are within the control of every leader. One, present a positive identity (personally and corporately); Two, promote congregational harmony and unity; Three, generate enthusiasm within the leader's area(s) of influence; Four, be involved in spiritual action and social service; Five, participate in the programming of the congregation" (ps. 61-62).
I guess that is all I can really control as a leader. What say you? My prayer is that God would help me to be found faithful in each of these areas and raise up others in the church to do the same.
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