A Thought on Leading – or – in which I long for the wide open sea

Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 8.44.29 PMHow do you get people to go somewhere with you? 

How do you guide them in a common goal?

As a pastor I struggle the most with these types of questions.  Some wisdom that captures the imagination of this old seadog:

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery (author of The Little Prince)*

It’s not about getting people to do stuff, which is a relief because I’ve never liked being a task manager.  I’m actually quite bad at it.  Instead, it is about inspiring a common love which becomes the telos for a common journey.  (and I’m a sucker for nautical imagery)

* I discovered this little gem while reading James K A Smith’s magisterial Cultural Liturgies Volume 2:  Imaging the Kingdom. (page 7)


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