March 3, 2006

Clarify the Vision

I like this post from Steve Sjogren: Growing Edge Buzz: Clarify, Clarify, Clarify...

Unfortunately, I have been the person who changed the sign on the bus. The problem was that I was a young leader, and I was planting a church. I didn't really know what I wanted to do, how I wanted to do it, and I certainly was not the leader I thought I was. (I am still not the leader I think I am.)

All I knew was that I wanted to plant a church, and I had an opportunity to plant a church. I took it, and I have learned a lot in the process. I believe that on this end of the experience (I just resigned two weeks ago), that I am a better leader, I have more insight, and I am more sure of my theological beliefs than ever before. I don't have them all right and there is still much learning to be done, but I am more confident now than before.

From a distance, Steve Sjogren has been a mentor. We all choose mentors. Some mentors are close, and some are through their writing and speaking. I have been privileged to read most of Steve's books and hear him speak a few times at different conferences. His website is a must read for any church leader.

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