Have You Arrived?
Last week I had the privilege of hanging out with leaders from two amazing organizations. For years I have watched these organizations from afar and admired their success.
Catalyst creates leadership experiences (conferences) to “shape leaders in the church”. I have attended this conference for 6 or 7 years and every year they amaze me. I come to Catalyst expecting to be challenged, inspired, entertained and a bit overwhelmed. Every year they deliver!
Buckhead Church is an amazing church that is part of North Point Ministries. This organization has been influencing churches from the day they started and they just keep getting better. When I transitioned from the music industry to church work I was a little overwhelmed at how to make the necessary adjustments in my leadership style. I immersed myself in all things North Point and most recently have been diving into the details of life at Buckhead Church and the leadership of Jeff Henderson.
There are so many things that I could share from my conversations with these teams of leaders, but the thing that struck me was that, for all the accomplishments and successes these two organizations have experienced, they do not think or act like they have “arrived”.
What do I mean by that?
There is a tenacity in their culture that is startling… yet contagious, because they are passionate about figuring out how to continue to reach people. Although their activities are different, they are both people centric. They are consumed with how to reach people and motivate them toward their objective – for Catalyst it’s developing leaders, for Buckhead, it’s developing Christ-followers.
All the leaders that I met within both of these organizations were asking the tough questions like: “Is what we are doing effective?” “Are we really reaching people?” “What is changing in culture that we need to be aware of?” etc.
Even with all their successes, these leaders are not content to settle. They have not given in to complacency. They are not willing to allow their culture to be lulled into this idea of “arriving”.
“Arriving” is something that scares me to death for Cross Point. I don’t want us to become a place where we think we’ve got it all figured out. That the way we do church is the way that will always work. That because the seats are packed and the parking lots full, that they always will be.
“Nothing fails like success.”
James O’Toole from Leading Change
I think this attitude of “arriving” has a tendency to creep into a lot of areas of our lives… our marriages, our jobs, our organizations, our friendships, etc.
Where can you make the application? Where have you shifted into “park” and are settling with an attitude of complacency?
We have too much work to do.
Too many lives to influence.
Too much at stake to so pompously “arrive”.