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Monday Musings 24/09/12

Defining a win…

I had no idea that a three letter word could have seventeen dictionary definitions attached to it.  To win means to finish first in a race, to succeed by striving, to gain the victory, overcome an adversary, to succeed in reaching, or to be successful in.  The thirteenth definition is an interesting one – to persuade to marry!!!

Recently, someone ask me what a win would look like for RTC.  Today’s blog is my attempt to answer that question.

This month marks RTC’s fourth year of existence.  How do I measure its success?  What is the scorecard by which I evaluate it?  Is it the numbers of pastors and church leaders who have attended one of our conferences?  Is it the number of countries I have travelled to?  Is it the number of churches I have preached in around the world?  Is it about the biggest crowd I have preached in front of?  What is the scorecard?

First, it is discovering God’s agenda instead of my own.  What is God saying in Zambia?  What is God up to on the Continent of Africa?  How can RTC come alongside His agenda and encourage, equip and empower the National leaders on this Continent.

Second, it is surrounding myself with capable, knowledgeable, and proven National leaders who understand where the church has come from, and what it needs to do to get where it needs to go.  Just today, I had the opportunity to put an idea by a National leader for his input and advice.  That’s a win!!!

Third, it is RTC recognizing that it does not come to the Continent of Africa with all of the answers.  Actually, it is quite the opposite.  I find myself more as a student than a teacher when my feet are on African soil.  Yes, I think thirty years of pastoral experiences gives me something to say and teach, but my greatest success comes when I learn to listen.

Fourth, it is the reward of having a pastor come to me after a conference and thank RTC for providing a path to help the church get back on track and moving in the right direction.  This can only happen as RTC surrounds itself with credible National leaders, listens to what they are saying, and then provide conferences that address the challenges and opens the door to a preferred future.

The church in Africa is experiencing tremendous growth and expansion.  African leaders, like leaders in other parts of the world, are working through the life and leadership challenges that come with that growth.  At the end of the day, RTC has won if it can come alongside leaders and point them to the finish line, encouraging them to finish the race that was started so many years ago.  Okay, I am persuaded that this is a pretty good marriage!

Until next Monday…

 

Don

Taking risks for Kingdom impact!

www.reinventingthechurch.com

 

 

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