So Suné, my beautiful wife, has this dream of us one day sitting on a porch… in our rocking chairs… drinking coffee… holding wrinkly hands… watching our children… and their children… and their children playing in the wide open spaces that our house would over look (Obviously we will be living on a golf estate).
If you can sit on a porch and look at your organization “playing” in the wide open spaces your leadership created, What will you see?
Settled in their new home and given rest from all their enemies, Joshua, by then a very old man wearing the scars of leadership, has a porch moment at the end of his life after leading Israel into the promised land. Joshua 24:31 gives us an indication of the view that Joshua would have seen.
Joshua 24:31 Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel.
In this verse we find 3 questions Joshua answered during his leadership.
- Who does your organization serve?
If our organizations are not actively pursuing God’s will and serving Him, we are missing something. God has given you leadership capacity, not so that people will serve YOU but so that you can create environments where they can serve GOD through the work they are doing. Let everyone understand WHY they do what they do.
- Are you reproducing?
Joshua reproduced leaders who embodied the Godly values even after he was gone. Make sure you identify the values of your organization and then surround yourself with people that don’t just know the values, but live the values even when you are not around.
- What stories are your organization celebrating?
Joshua’s leaders experienced what God had done for Israel. Let’s not just celebrate targets being reached or projects being completed, let’s celebrate how God is using your organization to impact your world. Let your people experience what God is doing IN and THROUGH your organization.
Let us build organizations that, when we sit on the porch, we will see them serving God and people.