Developing Christian principles for Leadership, Organising and Learning

Part 2: The importance of philosophy and assumptions about people

The second instalment of this series is over to you!

I would love to hear your views on how the following two bible verses…

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them”. Gen 1:27

“…I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions”. Joel 2:28

… should influence:

1. The culture (“the way things are done around here”) and ethos of a Christian organisation;
2. It’s model/style of leadership; and
3. The way that jobs are designed.

Please post your thoughts in the reply box below.

Of course, as “saved sinners”, Christians, all too often, get it wrong. Our ‘love-hate’ relationship with Christian organisations is brilliantly illustrated by these quotes from the Anglican Common Prayer Book:

“The church is a whore, but she is our mother.” Augustine

“The church is sort of like Noah’s ark. It’s a stinky mess inside, but if you get out, you’ll drown.” Anon

However, there must be good practice out there, that we can be inspired by, and learn from. If you know of any, please do post these as well.

2 Comments

  1. There’s an idea around that as human beings we are in a state of “resignation,” that is to say we are resigned to things being non-ideal, we are in a state of putting up with things. I’m not sure who suggested this first, however Joseph Jaworski writes about it in his book “Synchronicity – The Inner Path of Leadership.” Your two quotes from a prayer book seem to me to convey this sense of resignation.

    My link to your article is that too many people have stopped dreaming (envisioning) – stopped dreaming about what might be possible – and thus ceased to co-created with God. When God created us in his own image that means (amongst other things) that he created us to create: to bring into existence that which does not already exist, such as new relationships and ways of relating.

    An organisation that sees things this way must leave space, as you say, for the organisation to be shaped by the dreaming of all (not just the “boss(es)”).

  2. Great comments Richard – For some reason your post brought to mind Michael Foucault’s theory of ‘biopower’ and the making of docile bodies. This always struck me as fatalistic.

    On the other hand, while pessimistic, I actually prefer the idea of ‘resignation’ because there is room for movement and change by invoking the idea of personal choice/action. We can all choose to make a difference.

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