Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rainmaking

"Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves." Philippians 2:3

A pastor once told me that the book of Philippians uses the word joy 18 times, more than any other book in the Bible. I recently took some time to review one of my favorite books on leadership, Leading from the Lion's Den, by Tom Harper. In the book, he reviews each book of the Bible and pulls out a leadership lesson from God's unchanging Word. The chapter on Philippians is based on the verse above.

As a teacher, one of the greatest gifts I have been given is the opportunity to mentor young students. In my classroom, I see students who will be future government officials, lawyers, doctors, and entrepreneurs. However, the vocation of church work is one of the greatest professions that I have the opportunity to encourage. We are often concerned about how we will need more teachers, principals, pastors, deaconesses, and other church workers in this Synod. Therefore, it can be a little disheartening when one tries to sway someone away from the profession or discourage their ideas.

When it comes to finding a solution to our ministries, sometimes we tend to look for a new hire that will fix all of the problems. However, we should be careful not miss the diamond in the rough that may already be amongst us. The teacher that is gifted in science and waiting for the opportunity to put those talents to use. The teacher who loves project-based learning and wants the opportunity to offer input. The deaconess who imparts wisdom of God's word on a daily basis.

A great leader is able to give the credit away. Enter rainmaking. That silver lining in the clouds. How are some of our best leaders created? They develop new leaders. Yet, a rainmaker takes it a step further. A rainmaker doesn't just develop one leader. A rainmaker teaches a person how to make other rainmakers. A rainmaker can recognize a person's strengths and helps them succeed. There are some future rainmakers sitting in Lutheran school classrooms around the world. They are learning and growing - putting their faith into action. Making rain.

How are you making rain?