Today, I’m at the Sticky Teams Conference at Northcoast Community Church in Vista, CA with our church staff. I love the simplicity, joy and unwavering commitment to helping the development of leaders.
The first main speaker was Mark Driscoll, from Mars Hill in Seattle. I personally have never heard Mark speak. I’ve read a few articles from him and I know he’s hard core reformed. To be honest I probably haven’t pursued listening to him because of the reputation he has for being black and white in his preaching style.
I came in with a very open mind and I really appreciated what Mark had to share. His whole talk, on leadership, talked about Jesus and how he was the perfect leader because he was a Prophet, a Preist and a King. He was able to be all three, which are all very different, yet needed to run an organization, business and church.
In my context, church ministry, I found it very helpful and insightful to understanding how team dynamics work. None of them are inherently bad, but if you have an unbalanced team (Too many prophets, kings, etc.) it leads to an unhealthy culture.
I love learning about leadership and understanding team dynamics so I was tuned in! As the discussion went on I found myself asking, “Which one am I?” Mark’s premise is that every leader has a dominant one and another one that is secondary, but every leader should strive to have some of all three of them.
I’m definitely a Priest. I care about people. I love stories. I like doing life with others. Walking along side others during a tough part of their journey. Conversations over coffee….people, people, people. Their’s no doubt about it!
But I also, for the last several years, have been encountering this “King” theme in my life. I actually like organization. Bottom line decisions. flowcharts. systems. getting things done. Delegation. Leading others. Speaking for those who have no voice. Defending the powerless. Staying on task. Vision. These are all things that I love, but I have not cultivated to it’s full potential because of my fear or my own selfishness.
Being a King is tough! It’s scary. It’s responsibility. It’s leading by example. It’s owning your mistakes. It’s kicking butt when you need to! These are all things that I know I have, but I also fear. God’s been calling me to something higher for the last couple of years!
It’s time I start listening, pony up and let God do what He needs to do in me!
It’s time to be a King Priest!