Each person in that nightmare was a Christian, serving and sacrificing. But somehow, that shared commitment did not become a shared commitment to each other.
Each team position could be simplified into asking its one distinctive question.
If everyone is running so fast that they’re (metaphorically) just out of breath, unable to talk, chat and listen then it becomes a solo race rather than a team effort.
The culture sees independence as maturity, but for us that’s not good enough. Interdependence is maturity.
I’ve just watched a small team have a bit of a wobble. They didn’t crash – the event they planned went smoothly in the end, and no-one outside the team would have spotted that there was a problem. But there was, and it’s easily solved.
Why do pastors, who know and teach the importance of relationships in church, have such problems living it out? Why is it such a common issue to wonder whether pastors are allowed ‘friends’ in church? Are the demands and duties of being a pastor so great, that we are exempt from the normal patterns of friendship?
Moses first of all points us to Christ, and then allows us to learn a vital lesson: Leadership decisions are the hard ones, because the easy ones have already been dealt with. The reason that issue is sitting on your desk is because, if anyone else could have cracked it, they would have done.
Today I’m saying farewell to my PA. Loyal, efficient, intelligent, discreet – she is everything I’ve ever wanted from a personal assistant. And today she’s finishing working with me, and starting a new chapter of service. I’m thrilled for her, even as I count the cost for me. As the team said our goodbyes to