Michael Jordan is arguably the best basketball player who has ever played the game. All over the world people have heard of him. In rural China “Jordan rules” can be seen written on basketball backboards. Michael Jordan was a star, the best player on his team– on any team. He could shoot three-pointers and do long slam dunks. Athletic shoes were named after him. He was a leader admired across the world. For the first six years of his professional career, he won scoring titles, defensive player of the year, and many other awards. Yet during those same first six years, he never won any championships. The team didn’t get far. Michael was a star, but not a champion.
Novice mountain bikers grab the handle bars tightly. They believe it will give them more control over the bike. What it actually gives them is a rough ride—there’s no room for the bounce. A looser grip on the handle bars allows room for the bike to bounce without jarring your body. And counter-intuitively, a loose grip gives you more effective control, not less. If you trust the bike, it’ll tend to go in the right direction.
Lead into the Mission
*Form a team
*Move forward together
Some missions are just too big to accomplish alone. If you sense God is calling you to lead a team of people toward the mission he’s given you, the next step is leadership. I have many fond memories of the pastoral retreats I used to take my church staff on once a month. They were times of journeying together, bonding, renewing our vision, and following the gifts and strengths of one another. A strong team resulted. Whether you’re leading a church staff, a neighborhood cleanup team, or a parenting group, the basic skills you’ll need are the same.