(“Thoughts I Want To Leave Behind” is a collection of thoughts and impressions I want to leave behind as I begin to make my final pastoral transition.)
#9 Position Yourself Wisely
A wise man once told me he never wanted to take a position where he would be required to represent an organization to people. He always wanted to be in a position to represent people to the organization. Finding this position requires wisdom.
Where you stand will determine whom you represent. Stand too close to any institution and you will be seen as representing the institution. The man that gave me this wise advice actually served in several visible positions within our family of churches. He was able to remain relationally connected to the rank and file becoming our voice to those who were stewards of our structure.
Institutions, denominations and even those groups who want you to believe they are neither, all have a system and structure that is uniquely their own. Don’t get so caught up in the mechanics of any organization that your position would require you to draw your life and identity from the system. No matter where you go within your unique circle of fellowship make sure your brand loyalty remains with Jesus, not the perpetuation of a religious system. This will give your voice a power and credibility that only comes from knowing where you stand.