I love the concept of “simple church” (less is more), but I sometimes wonder if there is anything truly simple about leading a church in 2017.
Compared to only 20 years ago, the complexity of local church leadership has dramatically increased. I believe the three primary driving forces are:
- Shifts in culture
- Innovation in technology
- Transitions in leadership
Parts of the new complexity are energizing.
- The unknown element of the future always brings the hope of progress.
- Vision paints the picture of something better.
- The opportunity for innovation gets any leader fired up.
However, as I talk with leaders, from Boomers to Millennials, there is at times a sense of both question and uncertainty. Bluntly stated, most leaders express the feeling of “flying blind” far more now than ever in the past.
“Flying blind” can be destabilizing for any leader, and sometimes flat out overwhelming.