I’ve just got back from the Radstock conference – more of that in due course. At the conference Mike McKinley (a church planter in the States, a Radstock trustee and part of 9Marks) recommended a talk by C. J. Mahaney. So I listened to it on the way on home and I highly recommend it. The title is Leadership and the Adventure of Grace. I was driving so I couldn’t take notes! But, expounding 1 Corinthians 1:4-9, Mahaney addresses our attitude to our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ however in need to correction they may be (and the Corinthian church was certainly in need of correction). In particular he calls on us:
— to look at people from a divine perspective – they have been called by God
— to recognise God’s prior work in their life before we focus on what still needs to be change
— to express thanks to God for what he is doing in people’s lives and communicate that gratitude to them
— to look for signs of grace before we look for areas that need correction
— to recognise the Christian life is described as ‘walking’ so don’t get frustrated when people are not running – sometimes just facing in the right direction is victory!
He also warns leaders not to get frustrated when the congregation don’t get after a four week sermon series what you’ve been working on for months!
Geek spot: By the way, I found the MP3 on my BlackBerry and downloaded to my phone. I then plugged in the mini FM-transmitter I normally use with my iPod so I was able to listen to it through my car radio. Those of you under 30 may not find this remarkable, but when I was at university twenty years ago only one student had a computer which was one more than the faculty had (I’m afraid we rather scorned him for it because he was the rich think kid), mobile phones hadn’t been invented and only the miltary were using something called the internet. The idea that I can now hear about a talk while away from home and then immediately listen to it in my car – it still amazes me!