How did we get to this place in our lives? How do you build a team? Why is it that you favor some on your team more than others?
Dr. Sam Chand’s Testimony:
- While pastoring, he never had more than 150 people in attendance.
- He never went to school for what he does.
- He has no formal training in what he does.
- Yet he has consulted with many of the largest ministries on the planet. Why?
In short, this is how people get to where they are: Someone observes them, forms an opinion, and gives opportunities. (Opportunity Chart)
“If everyone is observing you, and you are observing everyone, we should be clear on what we should observe.” – Dr. Sam Chand
- Attitude – You attitude can be seen even on the phone. “Bad attitudes are like bad breath: Everyone knows it but you.” – Dr. Sam Chand
- Prepared – When you give them a task, do they come prepared? Have they done research? Do they have an understanding what is happening?
- Creative Thinkers – What if people. We need people who aren’t seeing “what is”, but rather “what if”. We all start off with “What if?” as children, and turns into “What is.”
When Paul and Barnabas went on their first missionary trip, Barnabas invited Mark John to come along. During that trip, something happened to the degree that Mark John left Paul and Barnabas and came home early. In preparation for their second missionary trip, Paul made it very clear that he did not want Mark John to come with them, because he had Observed something, formed an Opinion, and was not going to give him an Opportunity. There was so much contention that Paul and Barnabas split, and Paul ultimately went with Silas.
Yet, in 2 Timothy, Paul is in a Roman dungeon and is writing his last letter. In that letter he says to Timothy, “send Mark John to me, because he is profitable for me.” This is not necessarily a statement of Mark John’s growth, but rather a statement of Paul’s growth!
“A sign of maturity is the ability to change my opinion about someone.” – Dr. Sam Chand
What do we do with opinions?
- Promote – Someone observed you doing a great job
- Demote – Step down
- Stagnate – Stay the same
- Terminate – Be removed or fired
In organizations, there are two main types of leaders:
- Functional Leaders – They work with things and projects.
- Organizational Leaders – They work with people.
When we promote people, we are often moving them from functional leaders to organizational leaders. That is, working with people more so than things. You must make sure you spend time observing to ensure that they can function in this different environment or you will ultimately face one of two challenges:
- You move someone and it is not working. You are stuck!
- You move someone and they think they are doing it right, but you know they aren’t doing it properly. You are stuck!
Jesus was very good at observing value. On the Opportunity Hierarchy Chart, we see that Jesus spent more time with those closer to the top. Consequently, they were afforded opportunities not available to everyone else.
On the Vision Hierarchy Chart, we see a breakdown of where people fit in an organization, in regards to vision. The opportunities must be given to the person who fits that responsibilities. For most churches, they are few casters.
How do we cast vision?
HEART – HEAD – HANDS (Feel-Think-Do)
When we cast, most of us look for someone to do something: we are starting with the hands. This is short-term, it will not last, because they see it as a job, not a responsibility. You must start with the heart: the pathway to engaging casters.