Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Saul.
Please go back and read that list again. Did you notice the mixture of people? They didn’t all look alike. They came from many backgrounds. Here they were, retaining their uniqueness and moving toward one Spirit.
In a successful organization, everyone should be moving at a healthy pace toward God and their own potential. A leader should set the example of pursuing God. As he pursues God, the people shouldn’t follow him, but pursue God themselves.
If a leader insists his people stay under him, he limits their potential. If people let their leader think and solve problems for them, they limit their potential. Limiting individual potential limits the entire organization. Does this imply that dictatorships can’t be very strong? Perhaps.
Many churches I’ve experienced try to make people conform to a set of rules and behaviors. While we were locked together organizationally, individually we’re troubled in spirit.
When people are free to live from their uniqueness, they bring full engagement in forming common bonds around a common mission.
Today’s Philism: Create organizational guidelines that align people without oppressing them.