Faith and the Flywheel
Over this past weekend, I had the privilege of facilitating what became a God-breathed retreat for around one hundred ministry leaders on the East Coast. Our focus was “Learning to Be Present: to God, Ourselves, Our Circumstances, and Our Calling.” It was a powerful experience, involving many expressions of creative arts and small group interactions that supported and deepened our time.
As God graciously met with these leaders and opened their understanding of his desires and purposes for their lives, many “hallway conversations” revealed that our desires as a planning team were being realized: great connections were being made.
One such conversation stands out in my mind: a strong, national leader within this hard-driving highly evangelistic organization and I began to wonder together about the relationship between strategic planning and the realm of the unseen world… the spiritual realm! We jokingly referred to this important confluence as the intersection of “faith and the flywheel”. Maybe you’ve wondered the same things…
How do we attend to both realms at the same time? Does it matter that we do? Which is more important? Is that even a valid question?
Let me define our terms: by “faith” we meant the way an individual, and hopefully a team, depends on God for their strength, wisdom, and even ministry outcomes. Whether one leads in a ministry or any other
setting, how are we to understand the place of faith in our processes of setting and achieving organizational goals?
Philippians 4:6-9, The Message:
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
By “the flywheel”, we refer by nickname to all the vitally important leadership lessons we strive to implement: the Hedgehog Concept, Five Dysfunctions of Teams, the disciplines of strategic planning, social networking, innovation, excellent customer service, etc.
Colossians 3:23, TNIV “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
I think this conversation deserves much more thought and effort—it’s really about integration. Notice King Hezekiah’s epitaph in
2 Chronicles 31: “In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.”
As I reflected further, I noticed a few practical ways that our team at the WCA is seeking to grow in our experience of “faith and the flywheel”:
On the “faith” side, we are exploring new ways to request prayers of intercession from those who care about our cause. And we are establishing new ways to gather for 30 minutes of focused time, a few days each week, to specifically pray about the work we do.
On the “flywheel” side, we continue to hone our meeting effectiveness, the strategic alignment throughout the organization, and incorporate the many great truths from our own Leadership Summit archives!
And on the direct interface, in an effort to deepen our relationship with God and each other, and become crystal clear around the call God has placed on the WCA, we held a first-ever offsite overnight retreat last week for our entire staff! Amazing.
Bottom line, many of these ideas are concepts we are already familiar with and passionately committed to. But in the day to day busy-ness of life, the intentional implementation on either the faith or the flywheel side can get lost amidst the flurry of the immediate. What helps us take in those great concepts and, in fact, lead where we are? We are learning more and more every day.
Maybe it’s time for you to increase your own, or your team’s, integration between faith and the flywheel. But how? Here are a couple of actions steps that can help lead you in the right direction.
-Corral a virtual team of intercessors to pray specifically
-Secure times throughout the workweek to set aside for focused prayer together
-Plan a retreat to instill vision back into your team
-Invest in your leadership through LIFT online courses
It’s truly possible to bow the interior of your heart in prayer while giving excellent leadership. You’ll be providing holistic, excellent leadership, with a clear eye to the reality of the spiritual realm.
We hope you’ll join us in that process!
With you on the journey,
Mindy Caliguire @MindyCalliguire