It’s that time of year again. It’s that time of year when people all around the globe begin making long lists of things they are determined to get accomplished. Perhaps these things are things that were started a year ago, and never really completed. Or maybe they are new things that need to be done. Regardless, the lists just keep on being made, year after year, with very little headway ever being made on accomplishing them all.
One sure-fire way of NOT accomplishing things in my life is to call them “New Year’s Resolutions.” I don’t know what it is about tagging my “to do” list with that title, but inevitably I fail to accomplish these tasks each year. Why is that? Maybe I just don’t take it very seriously because most of the world really doesn’t either. Maybe it’s just overdone and has lost its value. Anyway, I know I haven’t been successful with these types of lists and I doubt many people have.
So, all that is simply to say that I am not going to share a “New Year’s Resolution” list with you. Instead, I’m just going to profess aloud a commitment I’m making . . . and it just so happens to correspond with the beginning of a new year. Coincidence, I know, but go with it. I profess aloud, here in this blog, that I will strive to be a better leader. There . . . I said it.
The truth of the matter is that there are not many “how to” seminars out there that apply to folks like me who are in leadership positions in the church, but are not the senior pastor of the church. My new role at WCUMC is to lead the spiritual formation for the entire church, which includes supervision of the youth, children & adult ministries directors. This is a new role for me, one in which I have never experienced before when it comes to the supervisory portion. Therefore, I have been searching high and low for leadership/supervisory type of seminars that help folks like me, but I’ve been sadly unsuccessful.
I have found a TON of “pastoral” type of leadership training that ranges everywhere from “dealing with stubborn parishioners” to “leading your church council,” but nothing that helps ME lead a team of dedicated age-level ministry staff that will hopefully, in turn, lead a congregation to a deeper relationship with Christ (i.e. lead them to discipleship!). I know HOW to lead people in Christian education and my staff knows how to lead people in Christian education, but how to I lead my staff?? Does that make sense?
Anyway, a blog offers a great forum that will help keep me accountable, but will also give me a way to reflect on what I’m learning. It’s amazing, really, how blogging gives you a window into your past. It is a wonderful way to look back and see how you were feeling, what you were struggling with, etc. It’s a perfect way to journal (albeit a PUBLIC journal)!
My first step is to begin reading books off of Bishop Goodpaster’s “must read” list of 2013. I’m not reading all of it, just the ones relevant to my calling here at WCUMC. As I read them, I’ll share my thoughts here. Interestingly, enough, I already read one of the books on his list – “Tribes” by Seth Godin. This is a neat little book and I plan to comment on it in my next post.
So, look for more “musings” from me soon. Until then, happy 2013 and may your list of resolutions be short and may you find success in achieving them!