12 Ways to Lead Toward Shalom
1. Seek First the Kingdom
Keep first things first. As leaders our top priority is seeking to comprehend God’s will, then seeking his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Hint: in the Kingdom, shalom is universal.
Verses: Matt 6:33, Luke 12:31
2. Question What Is
Take nothing for granted. Think critically about everything. Ask: Is this how things would be if God were in charge? Who is being neglected, marginalized, excluded, disinherited?
Verses: Acts 17:11, Phil 2:12, Luke 4:18-19
3. Cultivate an Alternative Identity
This is not about forming a superhero alter-ego. Rather is it about 1) Living in the spirit of Christ, and 2) Living on the borders between your culture and that of the ‘other.’
Verses: Gal 2:20, Rom 6:11, 1 Cor 9:22
4. Lead for Others
Jesus was in all things the one who lived for others. To be great become the least. To lead others become their servant. Do not look to your own interests but to the interests of others.
Verses: John 3:17, Mark 10:44, Phil 2:4
5. Empower the Marginalized
Blessings are to be used for blessing. Gifts are a responsibility. Power is not to be grasped, it is to be stewarded for others, equitably shared and used to lift those at the margins.
Verses: Acts 13:1, Eph 4:11
6. Embrace Finitude
People are inadequate for a reason. Through our weakness Jesus’ power is manifested. Live in grace and the freedom of Christ. Live with whimsy--stop take yourself so seriously.
Verses: Gal 4:13, 6:14, 1 Peter 2:4-11, 23-25, 5:5-10, 1 John 1:8-9
7. Live in Dependence and Interdependence
Resist the myth of independence. We were originally designed then freed by the gospel to live in dependence on the power of God and in interdependent community with others.
Verses: Gen 2, Exodus 20:3, John 15:1-11, 1 Cor 12:27
8. Build Three Dimensional Relationships
Connect across society’s three axises: the power spectrum, all forms of diversity, and the sectors. Strategically connect disparate people together for the common good.
Verses: Luke 7:36-50, 19:1-10, John 4
9. Celebrate Difference
Life flourishes in diversity! The call to unity is not a call to homogenization. Leaders draw out the uniqueness of the divine image in every human being for the community’s good.
Verses: Rev 7, Acts 11:19-21, Acts 15
10. Welcome Emotion
Our leadership will bring us and into contact with the extreme ugliness and beauty of humanity. Foster an open, hospitable space for emotion--yours and others--to be expressed.
Verses: John 11:35, Matt 23:37-39
11. Expect Mutual Transformation
Maintain a learners posture. Each person--Christian or not--bears a gift we need. God uses our work to transform others as the means of our own journey of discipleship.
Verses: Acts 10, Eph 1:15-16, Phil 1:3-5
12. Model the Way
Leaders are most effective not when they are mandating, but when inspiring others to action through the content of the story their life is telling.
Verses: John 1:1-18, 1 Cor 11:1, Phil 2:1-11