One of my passions is the development of leaders. I have realized that more can be accomplished when others are involved. Though I have understood this I have had to fight against the call of the urgent! The "urgent" is a seductive siren and tries to keep me from the "important"! The urgent is the daily phone calls and duties that steal my time and energy. They stream for attention. The "important" is the items that make the greatest impact. They are the praying, reading, dreaming or planning which silently wait for my attention.
Throughout my Pastorate I have tried to take the time to develop leaders. I have used numerous methods always trying to improve. For years we have had a leadership night in which we prayed together, ate together and then I would teach a leadership lesson. This past year I have realized that the need of our leaders was more communication. Because of that I have changed the agenda from being heavy in teaching to a time of communication with a minor in teaching. This has led to better team work between ministries along with getting all the leaders
on the same page.
This journey stated with teaching on the subject of "Silo's" in the fall of 2009.
What are silo's?
As of 2010 the phrase "silo effect", popular in the business and organizational communities, refers to a lack of communication and common goals between departments in an organization. It is the opposite of systems thinking in an organization. The silo effect gets its name from the farm storage silo; each silo is designated for one specific grain.
A notable example of a silo's can be seen in the attack of soldiers at Fort Hood in November of 2009 when Maj. Nidal Hasan, a Army psychiatrist and U.S.-born Muslim killed thirteen individuals and wounded many other soldiers.
After the shootings there were numerous reports of Hasan's outspoken opposition to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to Muslims killing Muslims. Hasan was days away from shipping out to Afghanistan at the time of the shootings.
Also, Hasan reportedly had communicated by e-mail with radical Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, something U.S. government agencies apparently knew about but did not tell the military /http://articles.cnn.com/2010-11-09/us/army.fort.hood.report_1_army-report-army-agents-nidal-hasan?_s=PM:US/. This failure of communication led to the death of American soldiers on their home soil.
A lack of communication causes departmental thinking to lack ideas and information from other departments. This creates feelings of self importance and keeps the power of synergy from working. Synergy can be understood by the following scripture:
One can put a thousand to flight, but two can put ten thousand to flight (Deuteronomy 32:30).
Synergy is not addition of 1,000 plus 1,000 in which the sum is 2,000 but the multiplication of resources such as information, talent, intelligent and prayer for a common goal. This working together has a greater result than working alone.
When you apply this principle, we could say that every time you add one person to the group who is in agreement with what you're working for and toward the effectiveness of the group increases 10 times. So . . .
1 can put 1,000 to flight.
2 can put 10,000 to flight.
3 can put 100,000 to flight.
4 can put 1,000,000 to flight.
5 can put 10,000,000 to flight.
6 can put 100,000,000 to flight.
7 can put 1,000,000,000 to flight.
We can see what could happen when every ministry is pulling together for a common goal and understand that each ministry and leader is valuable to the Kingdom of God! Remember that working together demands communication!
Four Night Crusade
9 years ago