FARMVILLE – it’s either you hate it (because friends would tag you endlessly asking for more crops) or be addicted to it because you can’t let your virtual farm suffer. I did try farmville for 3 days and did find it very addicting so I erased my farmville application and pursued my pastoral duties. Anyways farmville reminded me of a leadership article by Pastor Kent Julian on how we lead. For all my farmville friends I am sure you would be able to relate.
ARE YOU A HERDER OR A RANCHER?
HERDERS tend to
- try to build relationships with everyone
- think ministry will implode on them
- requires all decisions to run through them
- says it is easier to do things myself rather than to equip someone else do it
- have few volunteers
- have a need to be needed
- live in the hectic present and tend to miss future trends
- miss the big picture of body life because they are so focused on individual relationships
- do almost everything themselves.
Meanwhile RANCHERS tend to
- strive to care for the flock as a whole, not just for lone sheep
- realize ministry will implode unless they equip and release other leaders
- take a team approach to decision making and empower dependable, proven leaders to make key decisions without them
- say “It is much more strategic and biblical to equip other to do the work of the ministry than try to do everyhting myself
- continually grow their volunteer team – matching responsibilities with appropriate gifted people
- have a desire to see people become mature in their faith
- invest well in the moment while leading with the future in mind
- know their role on the team
- do few things and do them well
- rejoice when others succeed without them
Taken from Group Magazine p36, Kent Julian’s herding vs ranching