Thursday, November 8, 2007


a Jesus thought...
"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:13-14)

a Godly thought...
It is awkward and uncomfortable to have to push through to explore our differences and resolve our conflicts, but with God’s help, we ought to be able to take that painful journey and still hold on to each other in fellowship and friendship. (p66 Lucas)

a leading thought...
Don’t surround yourself only with like-minded individuals; that creates a one-dimensional team. Variety is the strength of team leadership. (p125 Finzel)
a Dave thought...
At first glance, Dorothy is all wrong as a model of leadership. She is the wrong gender (female) and the wrong age (young). Rather than being a person with all the answers, who knows what’s up and where to go and what’s what, she is herself lost, a seeker, often bewildered, and vulnerable. These characteristics would disqualify her from modern leadership. But they serve as her best credentials for postmodern leadership.
Last night in our cell group we looked at Brian McLaren’s ( Dorothy on Leadership and how the way Dorothy lead is perhaps closer to the way Jesus lead more than we realize. The main points we can take into our own lives is to value acceptance, listening and befriending people on their journeys of struggle and confusion until the road disappears. We don’t have to have all the answers everyday for the challenges that people face but we all have the ability to listen, comfort, support and as we go somewhere new together. Remember it is easy to get the amplifiers out and sit behind a curtain and pretend you have all the right answers (if toto doesn’t find you) but the world is looking for friends today that will hold hands and travel with them doing life in partnership, regardless of whether they have courage, brains or even a heart. I hope to see more Dorothys in positional roles over the coming years as the world longs for leadership that partners rather than commands, and comforts rather than threatens.

Just a thought.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The trouble with 'position leadership' is that Dorothy is expected to have her arms around other Dorothies... and that 'positional leader Dorothy' is longing to have her arms around other 'incomplete' travellers.

Isn't that more Dorothy's job? Doens't Dorothy's covenant say - the supreme aim of my life is saving souls???

How much support do Dorothies need?

Robyn Clinch