- That teaching/speaking is the most valuable/rewarded gift.
- That we tend to focus on the care of believers more than the expansion of the kingdom through focusing on lost students.
- That we tend to value and invest in the maintenance of the present, rather than focusing on realizing the future. We tend to draw managers rather than leaders in our organization.
I recently directed a conference for Campus Crusade. In reading the feedback and evaluation of the staff members, the following themes stood out:
- It seemed that most staff desired more high power speakers (Pastoral, speaking, teaching)
- It seemed that staff desired more power (roles, responsibilities) and control in the conference (ministry managers), at the cost of empowering the student attendees at the conference
- New ideas that were tried were highly criticized. (Value the present, see change and the future as a negative thing)
I'm not saying that I led the conference perfectly and the staff got it wrong. I am saying that we have an entrenched culture that is highly committed to maintaining what is and scared and even threatened by new possibilities.
I believe this fear of change and desire to hoard power will significantly decrease our effectiveness on campus in the next 10 years. New strategies and ideas are needed to penetrate the hearts and minds of today's college students with the Gospel. A new and more flexible organizational structure is needed to empower those on the field to try and lead from new places. Without some significant 'dethroning' of traditions and past victories, our organization may be like the cute grandpa, whose pants are slightly falling off, unaware of the crumbs still on his face from lunch.
Let's actually invest the majority of our time investing in missional things: evangelism, raising up leaders, not counseling followers, planting and growing movements on new parts of campus, gathering money and resources that will transform the campus and surrounding community.