Friday, January 20, 2006

pastor as chaos agent

I found this recently from e~mergent kiwi's steve taylor
I am working on a chaos theory of leadership:
the theory is that the role of a pastoral leader is to cause chaos.

this is based on a fear of domesticated religion
on a personal distaste of images of gentle Jesus meek and mild
on a concern that given time, most systems find an inertia of their own
and on my PhD musings that so often discontinuity is the space for growth.

so if the people of God are meant to be pilgrim,
and meant to be growing,
then should not the role of a pastoral leader be to promote chaos?

This resonates with me.
One of my favoutite words [techicially it is a portmanteau] is chaordic. The Eterm was coined by Dee Hock, the founder and former CEO of VISA. It is used to refer to a system that is simultaneously chaotic and ordered. His Art of Charodic Leadership is a classic.

Part of the role of leadership in an organization, including, maybe especially the church, is to help move, sometimes push us out of our comfort zones. Churches tend to want things to be comfortable. In part, this is because in a world of change, of accelerating change, many who have been part of the church for a large portion of their life want something that doesn't change. Yet, when the church fails to change, we have neglected God's commission. He told us to go into the world. He told us to be salt and light. He told us to get out there and let him touch and heal and bless the people around us. That, means, change.

2 comments:

The Righteousness of God said...

My experience has been that Jesus takes me out of my comfort zone into his. It is all about being obedient to Him.

The church is fooled if it thinks it is going to do the job of the Holy Spirit by trying to push disconnected people into righteous acts.

Listen and follow His Holy Spirit is the message.

pastor mike said...

"Pushing disconnected people into righteous acts" is nuts - it comes out of the false theology that we can do this thing called the Christian life in our own strength. No wonder we flounder. We replace the grace and power of God with self-styled moralism.