I don’t get baseball and the only reason I go to games is for the ambiance and the singing. I don’t understand sabermetrics and specifically I don’t want to understand W.A.R. (Wins Above Replacement.) Too much math.
But this article struck my fancy recently, especially in regards to assessing our leadership skills.
In a recent conversation with one of my extraordinary colleagues about closing/shifting/creating congregations he asked: Do we have any leaders who could pull this off?
We have challenging congregations out there needing skilled pastors. And we have lots and lots of pastors out there looking for work/a new call.
But do we have leaders who are skilled at guiding our challenging congregations?
How do we learn skilled leadership? It doesn’t seem to be taught in seminary. Maybe it can be absorbed by osmosis in field education (and that’s assuming the field education supervisor is skilled.) But most of our best leaders tweak and fine tune and assess and develop their skills on the job, bolstered by effective evaluation, coaching, and mentoring.
From Marty Fukuda’s article cited above, these are great questions for reflection:
- Is your leadership making your team and everyone on it better?
- Do your leadership and personal actions strengthen your organization’s culture?
- How would you evaluate the strategic decisions you’ve made for your organization over the past year?
- How do you rank against the average worker when it comes to overcoming obstacles and adversity?
That last question is the kicker and it seems especially connected to our spiritual depth. Do we trust God in times of uncertainty? Are we the kind of leaders whose first response to conflict is self-protection? Is this ministry first and foremost about me?
We cannot measure church leadership like statisticians measure baseball performance. But, thank God, there’s crying in church. And thank God that we can learn more skilled leadership for these days.