In his book TRIBES, marketing guru Seth Godin talks about the idea that life is full of people looking for tribes; something they can belong to and connect with. In short, Godin suggests that the reason people stick with a tribe is largely due to the tribe having a leader that is worth following. Someone who won’t let themselves, or the people around them, stay the same.
I wonder if this is one of our biggest problems with church? Maybe the reason the seats aren’t full is because we have a lot of people looking for a tribe without many leaders who are truly worth following.
Leadership requires setting a standard & some people aren’t comfortable with that. They think people will judge them. They think people will talk behind their back. They think people will question their decisions . Guess what? That’s all true but leaders don’t care because leaders are there to lead not win a popularity contest.
If you’re truly a leader these things will start to bother you less and less as you grow into your role. You’ll learn who to let speak into your life & who to block out. Instead of judging people who set the higher standard, you’ll be the one doing the setting & when people talk behind your back, you’ll realize it’s most often because you’re doing something they admire rather than something they hate.
Leaders lead people & I am hopeful that the church can train & equip more leaders who will set the standard high & lead their respective tribes to great heights.