Friday, May 15, 2009

Listen, Record & Remember

Deut 31 v 12 Gather the people together—men, women, children, and the foreigners living among you—so they can listen well, so they may learn to live in holy awe before God, your God, and diligently keep everything in this Revelation.

Good leadership is hard but great leadership transition is even more difficult to find. The transition we read of from the old generation, Moses, to the new young Joshua generation gives us many insights to how to achieve it successfully.

For many effective transition is too difficult a hill to climb which often results in the tension causing division and isolation. Examples of handing the baton on to the new generation with success in church leadership seem few.

Amongst many other lessons from this passage I see the need for the new generation to listen, record and remember. (Suppose at 46 I’m getting to be the older group now but I like to think of myself as young.)

So my advice to the 20 something’s (and me) is:

Spend time with your leaders asking questions. Their experience can become your wisdom.

Record how God has moved in their life and ministry. God's intervention in their life can be your example and inspiration.

Remember and share their successes with others. They are part of your story. You wouldn't be where you are today without them.


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