Chris Paul almost quietly took home the MVP honors at the 62nd NBA All-Star Game in Houston. I say almost because there were tons of story lines going on and none of them involved Chris Paul. NBA fans were concentrating on the LeBron vs Kobe debate, birthday celebrations for Jordan and Barkley, the possibility of a breakout game for budding NBA star Kyrie Irving, and a host of other things that occupied sports headlines. Sure we all know that Chris Paul is a good basketball player but most fans weren’t counting on him being the story of the night. We can learn a few leadership lessons from taking a look at Paul’s performance.
I’m 3 months into my role as a full time pastor in Bowling Green, Kentucky. My church has a rich history and a long line of pastors who were well seasoned before taking their role at this particular church. That thought could be a bit overwhelming for a recent seminary graduate. Instead of trying to do everything on my own, I’m learning to use the power of the ask. A fundamental principle of fundraising is that most people don’t give because they aren’t asked. I think the same is true for pastoral leadership as well. A pastor can lack many things needed for ministry success because they don’t ask (or ask in the right way). Here’s how you can use the power of the ask:
This week in John Maxwell’s The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day I read about the Law of Process.
The lessons were drawn from the life of the Biblical character Joseph. Joseph’s story is intriguing because it highlights a leader’s need to be patient. I can think of several times in my life when I thought that I was ready for a job or a responsibility and then becoming upset when I wasn’t given that role. Later I had to admit that despite my intense desire I wasn’t as prepared or equipped as I thought I was.
The summer that I started seminary classes I was excited. I had made a commitment to ministry and thought that the calls would come pouring in for me to share my teaching and preaching. They didn’t. No one called. No one inquired. I spent most of the summer wondering if I had chosen the wrong profession.
A friend of mine on the other hand stayed busy on the weekends. His teaching and preaching calendar were full. This happened despite his plans to avoid full time ministry and pastoring altogether. In the beginning I was annoyed when he wanted to talk about the places he was going and the things that he was working on. I didn’t want to give him advice, or help him unpack his sermons, or encourage him. Reluctantly, I did. It wasn’t too long before I realized that this was exactly what I was supposed to be doing at the time. My responsibility was to pray for, support, coach, and motivate my friend in his work. In my rush to be upfront I almost missed out on the valuable lessons that come from waiting. I became a much happier and fulfilled person when I embraced this role. Another way to describe the law of process would be to say wait your turn. Prepare yourself and your time will come. It happened for Joseph and it can happen for the rest of us.
What role are you in a rush to fulfill but find yourself having to wait to do it.