A came across this TEDx Talk the other day by Simon Sinek and I thought it was worth sharing, as Simon unpacks the way that leaders can build and loose trust within their organization. As church leaders, we depend on trust as a foundational building block to how we lead – but as Simon points out, we can quickly loose it by placing our attention on the wrong things and minimizing our face-to-face interactions.
Let’s be honest, there are very few leaders in the church who don’t struggle with the feelings of inadequacy. It’s a reality that plagues the best of leaders. But the question isn’t whether or not we are inadequate (The simple answer is, yes. The Bible clearly says, we’ve all fallen short of the glory of God. And as Spiritual Leaders, we feel that more than anyone at times.), but how do we handle the inadequacy in our lives, ministries and leadership without feeling fake, while still safeguarding authenticity?
That is a question I have asked myself many times. Have you?
It doesn’t matter what type of church or organization you work in, meetings are a crucial part of your teams sense of unity, direction and clear communication. They offer the opportunity to gain insight, problem solve, strategize and solidify action steps that will move the organization forward towards to desired outcome.
However, meetings can also provide the exact opposite. In most cases and in most organizations, this is the case. So the question is, how do we run successful meetings that leave your team members feeling that your time spent together was beneficial, insightful and set them on the right road moving forward?
1. Design Provides a New Perspective
It doesn’t matter what type of church you find yourself in, we all have the potential to fall into weekly routines of presenting the message in the same way, using the same words built around the same structure. The danger is that we run the risk of unintentionally communicating that we have nothing new to say. Design helps us breakout of these traps and provides a way of presenting the timeless message in new ways.
Just like clothing stores will regularly change product placement to encourage returning shoppers to brows, continual design and redesign keeps things interesting, new, worth browsing and taking notice. It helps communicate to your community that you have something worth hearing.
2. Design Breaks Down Barriers
The constant challenge we face as Christian Creatives is to communicate an old message to a new, and often disinterested audience – at least that’s what it feels like at times. Creativity is the vehicle that breaks down barriers.