Management practices on a kingdom path focus on the quality of relationships rather than the quantity of outputs.. In plain terms, the desire of Jesus is that we are known by our love, not our numbers.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. ~John 13:35, NIV
This does not mean that clear measurements of performance are jettisoned-in fact quite the opposite is true. Relationship-based management looks at people as children of God and not as components in a process of producing a tangible end result in pursuit of a strategy of growth and expansion.
Steward leaders show respect to people as fellow pilgrims on life’s journey by humbly serving them rather than lording over them. In so doing, they exhibit Christ-centered value in community. Rather than loving money and using people to produce results, they demonstrate a love for people and the obedient use of money in accordance with the Master’s instructions.
Their identity is rooted in Jesus Christ, not position or prominence. They trust that God will guide and bless the ministry as He sees fit, and all the while they pursue obedience.
Each year, CLA selects one book that captures the spirit of the theme of the annual conference. For CLA Dallas 2014, the conference book of the year is, The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes (ECFA Press 2014) by Gary Hoag Ph.D., R. Scott Rodin Ph.D., and Wesley K. Wilmer Ph.D. This post in an excerpt from the book – page 9.
About the authors:
- Gary G. Hoag, Ph.D., provides spiritual and strategic counsel to ministry leaders as the Generosity Monk.
- R. Scott Rodin, Ph.D., has a passion for helping Christian ministry leaders take a biblical approach to strategic planning, board development, and capital campaign fundraising with Rodin Consulting, Inc.
- Wesley K. Willmer, Ph.D., currently serves as senior vice president of advancement for Prison Fellowship Ministries.
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