Raving against the know-it-all


I often get asked by people to explain what the vision is for my church.  In our western society we place a lot of capital on the vision, the strategy, the plan, the timetable, all complete with Gantt charts showing key milestones and accomplishments.  In my reading of scripture I am seeing something that goes against this grain of rational laid-out plans that attempts to show that we leaders and pastors have it all together.  To be seen as not having a detailed vision and plan is akin to being weak, lost, directionless and incompetent.  The modern leader needs to be a know-it-all.  The modern leader is full of cr@p.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8 emphasis mine

WOW!  The Father of the faith…. not knowing where he was going!  I can see it now, Abraham, that great man of God summoning his family/tribe and urging them to follow him from UR of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan:  “Follow me!!!  I have a mission!! I have a promise!!!! There is a land that is full of promise!!!!!!! Follow me!!!!”  … only to be asked OK Abraham, where are we going?  What is the vision?”    “I HAVE NO IDEA!!!!”

No self-respecting pastor or leader would dare to go out and lead a tribe….. not knowing where he is going.

The language of the scriptures, and I suspect the culture of that day too, valued mystery, the embracing of the journey, and experience as a dance, over and above the results-oriented, quota-meeting culture of our western mindset.  I am learning to de-toxify myself of results, and I am learning to embrace mystery ….. not knowing where I am going, but learning to embrace the adventure and the mystery of dancing with the God who hides himself in a dark cloud.
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