You must give birth to your images.
They are the future waiting to be born.
Fear not the strangeness you feel.
The future must enter you
long before it happens.
Just wait for the birth,
For the hour of new clarity.
– Rainer Maria Rilke
What Church is
Church is a space in which the Spirit works to form Christlike people, and it is the space in which human beings, formed in Christlike love, cooperate with the Spirit and one another to express that love in word and deed, art and action.
– Brian McLaren
The measure of a leader
The ultimate measure of man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see.
– Martin Luther King Jr.- Leroy Eimes
Counsel for leaders
Stop and take a deep breath. Look around and identify some key role models. Observe the good, bad and ugly of their behaviors. Also look for some key individuals with whom you can connect for advice, feedback and support. Listen to the lessons from your observations and incorporate those lessons into your approach to leadership. Stop, look and listen – always sound advice.
– Albert Vicere
Restless for change
Leaders are fascinated by future. You are a leader if and only if, you are restless for change, impatient for progress and deeply dissatisfied with status quo. Because in your head, you can see a better future. The friction between ‘what is’ and ‘what could be’ burns you, stirs you up, propels you. This is leadership.
– Marcus Buckingham
Living in the past
One thing that tells me a company is in trouble is when they tell me how good they were in the past. Same with countries. You don’t want to forget your identity. I’m glad you were great in the fourteenth century, but that was then and this is now. When memories exceed dreams, the end is near. The hallmark of a truly successful organization is the willingness to abandon what made it successful and start fresh.
– Michael Hammer, The World is Flat
Christianity is about the reconfiguration of the human heart, the redirection of human desire. Christianity crucially involves beliefs, but it’s not about the beliefs. Because the Christian faith is about lives well lived in conformity with our created nature, the Christian faith inducts Christians into concrete practices, rituals, and sacraments that had for over fourteen hundred years of Christian history the life-transforming effect of producing Christian disciples.
– Kevin Corcoran, Church in the present tense
I’ve come to depend on adjectives because goals made of nouns and verbs are risky…. experiences, not situations, are always what we really want…
– Martha Beck
At God’s table
It would not have been God’s table
if they hadn’t all been gathered around it:
the betrayer and the friend
the power-hungry and the justice seeker
the faithful and the fickle.
When Jesus poured the wine, and the bread was broken;
when everyone could eat –
the outcast and the beloved
the arrogant and the gracious
the wrong-doer and the wrongly done by –
the table became a foretaste
of love made real
and of a world made whole.
– Cheryl Lawrie
The cup of forgiveness
When Jesus holds us the cup and offers what is in it as the fluid of forgiveness, he is not talking to people with a short list of minor sins. He is talking to people who will turn him in, who will scatter to the four winds at the first sign of trouble, and who will swear they never knew him. He is talking to people who should have been his best friends on earth, who will turn out not to have a loyal bone in their bodies, and he is forgiving them ahead of time.
– Barbara Brown Taylor
Never give up
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
– Harriet Beecher Stowe
Yours was a naked death, Jesus:
Not for you the fine linen of a rich bed
surrounded by wealth accumulated over a comfortable lifetime.
Not for you a well prepared service of farewell
with time for proper grieving and departures.
Not for you a carefully chosen shroud,
or a tenderly nurtured grave.
When you kept your rendezvous with death
All was stripped away except your determined love
and the life that lay dormant for a moment
waiting for the morning
When your naked glory would break free again.
– John Van de Laar
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered :
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives:
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you:
Be honest and frank anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous:
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow:
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough:
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God:
It was never between you and them anyway.
– Mother Teresa
I wonder what we Christians are known for in the world outside our churches. Are we known as critics, consumers, copiers, condemners of culture? I’m afraid so. Why aren’t we known as cultivators-people who tend and nourish what is best in human culture, who do the hard and painstaking work to preserve the best of what people before us have done? Why aren’t we known as creators-people who dare to think and do something that has never been thought or done before, something that makes the world more welcoming and thrilling and beautiful?
– Andy Crouch
When I reflect back on my life so far, many of the most pivotal moments have occurred around tabernacle-like events: a surprising conversation that changed the course of my life, a chance encounter with a person who would became a lifelong friend, or a memorable moment when my imagination was stirred by a divine whisper that would sustain me through dark times ahead. It’s no accident that these liminal experiences so often occur when we are far from home and in the company of strangers. We are generally more open to the movement of the Spirit when we are uncertain of our place.
– Mark Scandrette
Leadership as initiative
Initiative is the entry point into leadership. This is important to remember because while not all leaders will be great (only some will, and usually they are those “born leaders”) leaders will always be in demand and all of them can improve significantly on their leadership skills.
Initiative is also a key differentiator between leaders and managers. Leaders are risk takers; they have a vision of how things could be and they take the initiative to bring it about. Managers take care of things, maintaining the status quo. They make sure systems work well.
– Florin Paladie
Kinds of gods
I can’t know if God exists, but I do know the word God is operating in the world, running around doing all kinds of work, good and bad, and I think, as a theologian, I have a responsibility to think critically about the kinds of gods we make and worship and to try to come up with versions of god that might make the world a more just and life-giving place for everyone.
– Sarah Sentilles
Listening changes the world
I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again. Simple, honest, human conversation. Not mediation, negotiation, problem-solving, debate, or public meetings. Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well.
– Margaret J. Wheatley
Turning to one another
Our interaction with the Web and the expectations it creates have shaped what we expect from our leaders. Therefore, if leaders are going to be effective with the current generation of Internet-savvy web-users, they must shift their leadership style. I call this Leadership 2.0.
Michael Hyatt Read about the differences between Leadership 2.0 and 1.0 here.