Reflecting on Genesis 1&2 for Leadership Purposes
God is a God of action. A leader is someone who takes initiative. God is a leader.
Meditate on all the verbs in the creation narrative (below).
Q: Which verb moves you and why?
First Task of a Leader: Seek and find what God is up to, what is He doing? Participate in that, pray for that, tend to that which God is working on already.
Q: What is God up to in your ministry?
Second Task of a Leader: What am I suppose to initiate, cultivate, do? (See list).
Q: What do you think God wants you to start, continue, cultivate in your ministry.
The Need for Congruence
How are you cultivating your private life? Look at that list above once again, see if there’s anything the Lord is trying to do in you through the Body of Christ. Are you allowing Him into your life via the people of God?
“I was in the process of coming to terms with my congregation, just as they were; their less-than-developed emotional life, their lack of intellectual curiosity, the complacent acceptance of a world of consumption and diversion, their seemingly peripheral interest in God. I wasn’t giving up on them. I didn’t intend to leave them where I found them. By now I was prepared to enter a long process of growth in which they would discover for themselves the freshness of the Spirit giving vitality to the way they loved and worked and laughed and played. And I was finding areas of common ground that made us fellow pilgrims, comrades in arms in recognizing unexpected shards of beauty in worship and scripture and one another. I was learning not to impose my expectations of what I hoped for them but rather let them reveal to me, as they were able, who they were. I was becoming a pastor who wasn’t in a hurry.” - Eugene Peterson, “The Pastor”
Adam and the Task of the Gardener
In Genesis we find that God made Adam out of dirt. The name Adam = etymologically is related to “adamah”, meaning soil. Adam = from the soil.
People are made out of the earth; soil. They are literally bags of dirt, they are a bunch of dirtbags. To the average person, dirt or soil, is simply a mess to deal with. To the gardener, dirt and soil are canvases, they are opportunities for life. Soil for the gardener symbolizes endless possibilities.
“It became more and more clear that when God forms a church, he starts with the nobodies. That’s the way the Holy Spirit works. Those are the people he started with - Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph, Anna and Simeon - to bring our Savior into the world. Why would he change strategies in bringing the salvation community, church, this congregation into formation?” - Eugene Peterson, “The Pastor”
You are God’s gardener.
We are to tend to the garden, people are soil. We plant God’s love and truth in them.
We are called to "garden" them;
“Congregation is a company of people who are defined by their creation in the image of God, living souls, whether they know it or not. They are not problems to be fixed, but mysteries to be honored and revered. Who else in the community other than the pastor has the assigned task of greeting men and women and welcoming them into a congregation in which they are known not by what is wrong with them, but by who they are, just as they are?” - Eugene Peterson, “The Pastor”