"The frontiers of the kingdom of God were never advanced by men and women of caution" - The wife of Archbishop Mowll
This quote is from J. Oswald Sanders' book Spiritual Leadership. First of all I would say, the interesting thing about this book is how different it is from secular ideas on leadership. Which it should be. But nonetheless I'm struck by the contrast. I'm reading another book on leadership written by a Christian but for a non-Christian audience and it is starkly different. It looks at what it takes to build influence over people, then to exert that influence, and create change.
This book takes the opposite direction. What does it take to build servanthood into your life, and then serve others to create change. As believers we really do think upside down.
This quote makes me smile because I've seen caution be the enemy again and again. As I think about missiology from a more and more macro view I think differently than I used to. I would rather plant 7 churches in 5 years and have 3 of them fail than plant 3 or even 4 churches in 5 years. Why? Because we learn when we fail. We get excited about vision when we act. We trust God when we step out in faith. And we will never, ever, be as ready as we want to be.
Please join me in attempting to be one of these men or women who know when to throw caution to the wind and forcefully advance the Kingdom of God.