vulnerability & community preaching

The other day, Marilyn commented on an article she read. She gave me a copy. In it, Margaret Wheatley states in her interview:
“A highly skilled leader has to engage in the questions of meaning, ethics, uncertainty, fear. Really good leaders are willing to step into a relationship with people and understand that we’re all thinking about these very big questions” (“In It Together”, Science of Mind, May 2006, p. 19).

In other words, vulnerability IS leadership. It’s at least a factor in it. The day used to be when the leader knew everything, felt no fear and had no anxieties. No more. Leadership today demands authentically facing these very real questions together. I’ve tried for years to make my teachings more interactive. I don’t have all the answers, so why pretend I do? I welcome questions and comments throughout. Sometimes it’s very challenging and at times it’s been embarrassing. But there have also been joyful moments of mutual discovery. I think steps like this are necessary developments in the shared understanding that we are all on a journey together. Even Barth, the great German reformed theologian, believed more and more that sermons needed to involve more discussion.

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8 Replies to “vulnerability & community preaching”

  1. i appreciated today’s mini-sermon/blog entry dave – real people (real leaders) in a real world, connecting and engaging with each other.
    thanks for taking the lead in making a space for people from any and all persuasions to interact and discover together.

  2. I totally agree with Kari. Thanks for a safe place of 70 times 7 love and forgiveness and the courage to try to be honest. The truth will set us free. Love Dave K.

  3. Leadership as I have both learned & experienced, is not about a position one holds. It’s the ability to influence & get things done through other people. A good leader spends 30 to 40% of his or her time developing potential future leaders, gives open, honest and direct feedback, surrounds him or herself with a diverse & smart (Even smarter than himself) group people, is strategic, plans well but more importantly follows through & executes…has a cnever afraid of change and welcomes good debates and different ideas….It’s about getting things done..
    GB

  4. hey gb, solid thoughts on leadership.
    About your statement, “It’s about getting things done…”, I am reminded of Peter Drucker’s comment, “I’ve seen a great many people who are exceedingly good at execution, but exceedingly poor at picking the important things. They are magnificent at getting the unimportant things done. They have an impressive record of achievement on trivial matters.”
    Maybe it’s more productive at times to lead in simply “being” before we “do”.

  5. If I remember my church history right the 1st century preach was always interactive by nature. If I recall correctly it was only after the church arrived at the more formal approach and more institutional in nature that things began to change.

  6. If I remember my church history right I agree with Brian. The pulpit came in and interaction went out. The skill now would be in stearing the ship. Isn’t there a book called “The open Church”?

  7. I’m thinking wouldnt this be interesting, well really world changing, if political leaders would adopt this approach to leadership.

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