“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” - 1 Corinthians 12:12
This text speaks into one of our core values at Fellowship Bible Church; the value is TEAM – “We, is better than me.” We truly believe this! That, God uses people who have surrender their lives, talents, skills, and are willing to serve in mutual submission to one another and King Jesus. God’s design for the church was never intended to be a lone-ranger-led institution. And yet, it requires leadership at every level.
At Fellowship, we’re smack dab in the middle of preparing to go (grow) to two worship services; February 25th is our day. Much time has been spent in preparing for this transition. As leaders, we’ve prayed. We’ve sought God’s answer in scripture (see Joshua 4). We’ve consulted. We’ve prayed more. We’ve listened to where God is leading the church. And in this lab of life called “Leadership 101”, here’s what I’m learning.
Here are four symptoms of a Lone Ranger Leadership style:
- The “know-it-all” - no one knows everything about everything. (Except that one guy I sat across from on the train to Philadelphia); it usually manifests itself in argumentative fashion.
- “I’m never weak” - admitting a weakness is actually a sign of strength. Acknowledging weakness doesn’t make a leader less effective.
- The big ego - As a leader, it is prideful for us to attempt to do everything. Upgrade performance and set aside pride by playing to strengths and delegating weaknesses.
- “No one can do it as good as me.” This approach will kill you. Left untended, you’ll soon look like a circus act with 14 spinning plates on long sticks. The crash is inevitable!
Peeling off the Lone Ranger mask and getting to the truth of who we are as leaders is essential. Like it or not, leadership requires the courage to walk in the dark. The darkness is the uncertainty that always accompanies change. The mystery of whether or not a new enterprise will pan out. The reservation everyone initially feels when a new idea is introduced. Including the risk of being wrong.
Confession: Team Fellowship, I need you – your wisdom, your prayers, your counsel, and you to hold me accountable. And Team Fellowship – we need the power of Jesus to keep us connected to Him and one another.