uncommon humility

Guy Kawasaki, in his great book, The Art of the Start, quotes Dee. W. Hock:
“It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom” (p. 100).

Hock and Kawasaki both are speaking about business. I think it applies to the church as well. I dream of pastoring a church with a vast variety of expressions, perspectives, and abilities. I dream of a local church that has an expression of extreme diversity. This is what I labor for. Unity in homogeneity is easy. Unity in diversity isn’t. They’re right: the humility, tolerance, and wisdom required are very rare, not only among the leadership, but all members. But I strive towards this will all my might!

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9 Replies to “uncommon humility”

  1. Ha! I completely agree with the first sentence of the quote but I’m not sure about the second. I’ve always tried to do the first, see it as essential. However, the humility, tolerance and wisdom part I WISH were true in my case but I think it’s more an understanding that I lack and that I’m a better leader with when I’m surrounded by the tension of people who do things, see things and feel things differently than I do. It’s more about necessity for me rather than something uncommon.

    I’m not sure that it IS necessary among all member. In fact, if we do church right I don’t think it should be as we’ll always have people who are just becoming rather than already being. I think it’s about the leadership having and modeling the value and than seeing it reproduced so the tipping point of the whole point is always stacked with just enough to fall towards grace.

    At least that’s what I think.

  2. hey David,
    I think you are acheiving your goal of pastoring a diverse church (does that pastoring include this blog? i think so…)with uncommon acceptance for the diverse-
    for example, I feel kinship to your church and congregation, and the effects of your pastoring and leadership, though i practise worship from the reclusive comfort of the woods somewhere these days…

  3. Do we not live in an age where diversity is inevitable? People are flooding to this continent whose thought processes are so different. Many because they have been under tyranical regimes and lost a wife, husband , children, sisters, brothers by torture and death. Who fled to the woods and were on the verge of starvation, waiting to die from no food or a bullet in the back of the head or worse.Now here, they praise God because they can work 7 days a weekand send money home. They can now speak their thoughts without death waiting to spring on them. Now they know freedom that I have a great tendancy to take for granted.They see dangers clearly. Still they smile and laugh and thank the Lord,after all that is in their past. There is a richness in just knowing them.

  4. Sandy, I have appreciated all of your comments and insights. Though I rarely have time to formulate articulate responses with a baby on my lap and one playing at my feet, I take time to read this blog as often as I can.

    Just wanted to post in response to your comment:
    “…though i practise worship from the reclusive comfort of the woods somewhere these days…”

    I love it…let us meet God where is best for us, whether that be in the woods, in an extrovert church environment, in the company of friends or on the porch with a glass of wine. The point is to worship, not to put in an obligatory, qualifiying social appearance.

  5. thanks Ellen- you’re right- it’s that realization, that God will meet us anywhere we seek from, anywhere we fall or climb- even if (maybe especially if) you are trapped at home with children- that is my recent enlightenment- church is where I intend it into being.

    which is why I like this site too- encouraged by Dave’s consistent efforts to loosen everything up and let in the light.

  6. Hey,

    Well, I for one thank God for you, Dave, and for a part of a church where diversity is welcome. I translate that, at least partially, as being allowed to be real, and freedom to work out our salvation, which I think this blog is helping folks do. I’m home (in more ways than one). Love to all you guys!

  7. Ooops….that last post should have read “for BEING part of a church”…..it’s called after-the-fact proof-reading.

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