Greetings to Jesus’ faithful disciples,
I’m very proud to report that 100% of our council has taken the LEAD assessment. Will you help us? The leadership at LEAD encourages a goal of half our worshiping population. Our average attendance is 153, so our goal is to have 77. I receive a weekly update from LEAD as to how many have taken the assessment from Christ the King. We have 35 assessments completed as of March 27. Thank you for taking the time to fill out the 20 questions. We have until Wednesday, April 12, to reach and hopefully exceed our goal.
You may take the assessment at church between worship services or on Wednesday mid-week services. I have paper copies available as well as electronic devices to complete the assessment with. Please help us to get a better lay of the landscape at Christ the King. Church members, friends of Christ the King, and visitors are welcomed to take the assessment. We appreciate all the voices coming together to help us get a better understanding of who we are.
The results of this assessment will be tabulated at LEAD, and we will receive a written report and have Jim Merhaut, our LEAD coach, go over the results with our LEAD Team. Our LEAD team will then share the results with you. If you are interested in seeing an example of the Assessment Results report, please let me know and I would be happy to share the sample copy with you.
The Assessment will give us a picture of where we are on the Leadership Landscape. This is just one of the tools that we will be using to put our Mission and Vision Statement into practice.
The Leadership Landscape measures what we say about ourselves along two axes. The first is the range between deep, bold, consequential faith in Jesus Christ and complacent faith in Jesus Christ. This is not a judgment on faithfulness. It is a metric that gauges movement or faith practices as they are more or less shaping daily life. Ask, “How is faith being lived out?” The second is the range between innovative and cautious. This describes our willingness to experiment, run pilot projects, try new ideas, or test hunches compared with our need to maintain our ways of life. Ask, “Is there space to create?”
In Peggy Hahn’s book, The Sacred Valley, one of the first gifts about Christian leadership she received from her pilgrimage on the Inca Trail was that she was not as in good a shape as she thought she was. By the end of the first day of a 4-day hike, they have to make a choice: either return to Cusco or continue the hike to Machu Picchu. Committing to the journey requires stepping out into an uncertain future. She quickly learned that success in hiking or leadership is as much about how you think as it is about what you do.
“We can talk ourselves into trying hard things we have never done before and attempting to move in a new direction or we can just as effectively talk ourselves into a panic and resist something uncertain. What we say to ourselves really matters. We can set a posture of openness or we can close the door to expanding our worldview and God-view by how we behave and think. Growth is a choice we make. I am talking about a readiness to become more ourselves, growing into who God made us to be. A real walk in faith.” (p. 7-8)
We have been given some good tools here to assist us in looking at ourselves from a new or different perspective—a perspective that I hope will engage our faith in Jesus Christ and move us away from complacency. In the short time I have been involved, I have grown and challenged my own mindset by recognizing the areas where I have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset. I have thought about how I tell my story of how the Holy Spirit is transforming and changing me. I give thanks to God for the opportunity to take this journey with you as we engage in God’s kingdom work. As I have heard repeatedly in our gospel lessons from John, the harvest is ripe—we have work to do, this is our time.
Join me in prayer:
O God, you have called your servants
to ventures of which we cannot see the ending,
by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.
Give us faith to go out with good courage,
not knowing where we go,
but only that your hand is leading us
and your love is supporting us;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Partners on the Journey,
Pastor Connie Spitzack