During times of turmoil and apprehension, regency-leaders will need to be credible with selfless hearts for people to help their followers deal with the turmoil of living in an unpredictable world. They will need to have the necessary knowledge and experience to develop the capability to perform during chaotic conditions. This capability does not imply regency-leaders have experienced every specific condition the church may face. Rather, regency-leaders will have the capacity to address unique conditions, clearly define the problems, and creatively plan strategies to deal with the conditions. The regency-leader will need the competence and confidence to deal effectively with conditions he or she has never experienced.
A regency-leader will live a life displaying consistent honorable intent and integrity. It is this honorable intent and integrity that provides the platform on which the regency-leader builds credibility in his or her congregation. Church members’ trust grows (or dies) based on their view of their leader’s integrity.
A regency-leader will build personal credibility by valuing people. It is critical during chaotic times that every member believes that all share the common interests of the organization and its people. One of the greatest barriers to successful transition through turbulence is followers viewing a leader as self-serving. In a caring environment, members of an organization will more readily take risks and accept challenges knowing the leader is willing to make personal sacrifices for them and the organization.
A regency-leader is an intentional and continual learner. Gone are the days when a person attends school and then works a lifetime drawing on only their school experience. To stay capable to deal with the rapidly changing and chaotic environment, a regency-leader must be a continuous learner and must be developing future leaders and others to do the same. The regency-leader must encourage everyone in the organization to be continuously growing in their capability for serving the organization. A key to a whole organization or congregation becoming learners pivots on the regency-leader creating an atmosphere conducive to making use of their new skills and knowledge.
A regency-leader must think as a cosmopolitan, comfortable with a wide diversity of people – ethnically, culturally, and economically. With the new global workforce and increased personal mobility, congregations are finding growing diversity within their body. As cosmopolitans, regency-leaders must work toward breaking down the barriers between believers and help everyone to become comfortable with people different from themselves. For all to become comfortable with diversity, a key is seeing everyone as God’s unique creation.
Regency-leaders must prepare themselves and others for continued chaos. Given the continuous nature of change today, regency-leaders cannot protect the congregation from change; therefore they will have to lead the congregation successfully through change. The church must come to grips with the reality that turbulence and chaos will remain a part of life’s experience.
The regency-leader is not a heroic leader; the regency-leader simply recognizes his or her role as a representative of the King. The regency-leader works with the Spirit’s guidance to flexibly lead God’s people through these chaotic times.
Giving your heart to others by listening to their heart
When you grow a leader who values people you help the whole world