Great leaders have a blend of humility—they know that they don’t know everything—and a curiosity to discover answers. They are constantly learning from a variety of sources, beginning with God’s Word, but also through books, mentors, failures, crises, and personal struggles, to name just a few. Perhaps John F. Kennedy summarized it best: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
The pandemic and all of its interconnected effects have provided a wellspring of important learning opportunities for us. Here are four I believe are especially worth considering.
1. The Lord’s Purpose Will Prevail. . . .
2. The Nimble Will Survive. . . .
3. Those Who Are Ready and Willing to Change Will Thrive. . . .
4. There’s No Going Back . . . or Maybe There Is. . . .
Perhaps this is an opportunity—a “divine appointment”—to go even further back than February 2020 … back to the basics in how we practice our faith and carry out Jesus’ mission … back to all believers seeing themselves as a kingdom of priests/ambassadors/ministers rather than as members being served by professional clergy … back to oikos ministry that naturally occurs in and out of Christ followers’ homes through personal relationships … back to a focus on going out to make disciples rather than “going to church” … back to the church as Jesus envisioned and built it.
This post is an excerpt from my October 2020 Letter from the Editor in Christian Standard magazine. Please CLICK HERE to read this article in full on the Christian Standard website.