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The Importance Of Leading With A Limp

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Church, Experience, Leadership

Being an Experience Architect, I have an amazing gift that allows me to see and perceive things much differently than most.  For those of you sitting there reading this going, what the heck is an Experience Architect, I’m glad you’re here.  Do me a favor and read the about page featured up top, and then reach out to me and leave me a comment or find me on Twitter or Facebook and I’d be more than happy to talk about it with you!

Moving on though, one of the things that I’ve been both blessed and cursed to witness over the years is the tremendous beauty and harm done from a pulpit or platform.  I say that because I believe The Father moves in ways I certainly cannot understand. Especially when we, as His people, do and say horrible things with the platforms we’ve been gifted.

Leading with a Limp

A few years ago I read the book “Leading with a Limp” by Dan B. Allender.  It’s a great book and if you haven’t read it, well, you should!  But my point and Dan’s point, (if I could be so bold to summarize) is that we as leaders, and the church in general, need to look in the mirror and realize that, by simply leading with what we think is our strengths, actually is very ineffective leadership.  Instead, out of humility and grace, we should lead from our weakness, inviting others to experience that they are no different from us; after all, truth of the matter is, none of us are alone.  And in return, this allows us to be more effective leaders.

Wow!

What a concept, right?

So by making less of ourselves, we can make more of ourselves?  Is that right?  Man that sounds familiar.  Oh yeah, that’s the Gospel!  Beautiful!

Philippians 2:5-8 Gives us a great picture of what it looks like to lead in this way.  I love the way The Message puts it:

“Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.”

I can’t tell you how much these words have impacted my journey and my experience of so many situations.  Even today, I’m encouraged, because I need this reminder about the truth of my Father.

Have you ever heard the catch phrase closing out a blog, or sermon, or book that starts something like this, “well, I don’t know where you’re at right now…?”  I’m sure you have because its ridiculously common and disgustingly arrogant at the same time!  Why would we ever think that distancing ourselves from others by using such a divisive statement would lead to a good experience or allow us to engage with our audience?

Now I know that’s a very brief and small example of what not to do but the question I have been challenged with over and over through out my life is, what kind of leader am I going to be?  What kind of leader are YOU going to be?  Should we not, as the gospel commands us, pick up our crosses and say follow me as I follow Christ?

Easy to say, a bit harder to write, and certainly much harder to live out.  But, as an Experience Architect, its what I’m most passionate about.  Leading and creating those sacred spaces, where lives are changed and decisions are made that impact and move mountains in our world!

Most successful writers out there would say to tie it up and invite some interaction and response, and yeah I’d love that, so leave a comment, tell me what you think, but that’s not the place this comes from.

This is who I am, who I’m called to be, and I’m looking for others that get this and want to join me…

Are you one of them?

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Josh Collins

Josh Collins is a Communicator and Experience Architect who lives in Franklin, Tn. His passion is to create awesome experiences that change the way we engage audiences and help you do the same.

Posted on: January 17, 2013

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