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5 Responses to “Assist Leader”

  1. Matt says:

    And for God’s sake do not get on a media platform and rail against the culture that we live in ala James Dobson.

  2. Brody Bond says:

    Fine line between power and influence.

    Especially when the culture is so skeptical of truth claims.

    “Us vs. them” is so much easier. We need to not be lazy, I suppose.

  3. Larry Taylor says:

    You made the statement that, “Coming to faithful presence requires first clearing years of erroneous assumptions.” I think of it as more like decades – perhaps centuries.

    I am old enough to have observed the birth of the Church Growth Movement in the 1970’s-80’s. One of the movement’s assumptions was that by accelerating the growth of the local church, society would be transformed. But by the end of the 1990’s, its fruit was a smattering of mega-churches throughout the US. The pastors of these churches became spokesman for what ‘ought’ to be in the church at large. Many a small to mid-size congregation copied their methds for ‘doing church’ with the hope that they, too, could become a mega-church.

    During the ’90’s a parallel movement emerged, the Seeker-Sensitive Movement. It emphasized the need for ‘relevance’, particularly to those outside the church who were ready to look in. Two days ago, a pastor friend of mine made reference to the church at large being in a “post-seeker” era.

    To me, both movements are evidence of Hunter’s “paradigms of engagement” that underscore what “faithful presence” is not. What has been left in the wake of these movements is the need to “clear years of erroneous assumptions.” In the three-plus decades of Church Growth and Seeker Sensitive movements, US culture seems no better off. In fact strong evidence suggests that among young adults in this country there has been a precipitous decline in the positive impression people have of Christianity, from 85% favorable in the mid-’90’s to just 62% today (David Kinnaman/Gabe Lyons, UnChristian).

    I’m no expert, but from where I sit we must come to grips with our faulty assumptions before we can begin to clear them. That is a daunting task, but may the faithful presence of Jesus’ followers flourish everywhere.

  4. Mike Metzger says:

    People ought to pay attention to what you’re saying, Larry. Good words from a wise sage. We’ll be talking more about shalom and “faithful presence” in the coming weeks. Stay tuned… Aslan might be on the move…

  5. Mike Murphy says:

    A friend of mine is an Asst. Coach for an NBA team. He commented to me, after a game where they played Steve Nash, another famous assist leader. He noted that Nash is famous among his teammates for not just passing the ball but physically touching his teammates through a high five, a slap on the back, a hand on the shoulder. I would suggest that being an assist leader is not just making the pass but reaching out to the individual and extending dignity with a ‘touch’.

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