Equipping God's People to Create Missional Culture

Intuitive Leadership by Tim Keel – Part 4

In his book Intuitive Leadership, near the end of the book Tim Keel talks about leadership as posture. I loved the whole book, and these postures were my favorite part of the book.

Here are two more healthy postures for leaders he mentions.

7.  A Posture of Trust: From Defensiveness to Creativity
Keel states that “to live and lead in many of the ways I am describing calls for a basic posture of trust, in a time when it is easier just to be defensive.”  Jesus trusted his Father enough that he didn’t feel the need to defend himself at every turn.   Keel suggests we should follow Jesus lead for at least two reasons.  When we engage them on their own terms often its not profitable and we end up behaving in ways that undermine our calling.  Secondly, it stops us from embodying and creating an alternative.  “Jesus described, manifested, and invited people into his kingdom as he created it on earth as it is in heaven – without concern for his well-being. He did not construct is carefully and then defend it violently as if he had something to fear from those who wielded power. In order to be creative we need to learn to trust God more – or differently… Do we trust God?  Really?  Do we trust the people in our churches?  Do we trust God’s creative and disruptive work in and around us?”

8.  A Posture of Joy: From Work to Play
Leaders have a hard time learning to play. Yet Plato once said that you could learn more about people by watching them play for one hour than you could through a lifetime of conversation with them. True. Keel argues that leaders who begin to live in a trust-saturated relationship with God can move from “work” to relief and joy–to play. At the heart of this posture is the notion of Sabbath, where rest and rhythm and celebration acknowledges the true source in life: God.  “What if leaders refused to take themselves so seriously?  What if communities learned how to institute times of rest and play with the same vigor that they used to attack capital campaigns, volunteer recruiting, and strategic plans?  What if churches gained reputations as communities of people who know how to party in the way of Jesus?  What might it look like for our collective posture to manifest joy?”


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