Director’s Desk – June 2013

Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, 2013 are exciting days for the Cadets of the Proclaimers of the Resurrection Session.  For those of you reading without the benefit of Salvation Army “lingo,” our ordination, commissioning and appointment services are held for those who have completed the two-year training program for officers (ministers).  This weekend is the culmination of intense studies, practical field work, and personal and spiritual development.  Much joy is anticipated this weekend.  At some point, each name will be called, a specific blessing will be offered and an appointment will be given.

Can you imagine the sheer joy of the first disciples having had their name called by Jesus to walk with Him and work with Him in Kingdom practices?  What a roller coaster of emotions must have ensued!  The sheer ecstasy of having been singled out, called by name, included in the number on one hand was balanced by the ‘what am I getting into and Who is He, really? on the other hand!

It’s not really different today.  To be ‘called by Jesus’ is not an ethereal calling.  It is an invitation to a very concrete relationship of love and transformation—first in us and for us and then through us.  C. S. Lewis speaks to our embracing Jesus as Lord or dismissing Him as lunatic or liar.  What you can’t do is sit on the fence or walk around Him.  His claims are all-encompassing!  He is calling to you in a myriad of ways.  Not everyone is called to full-time ministry in a professional way.  We all are called, however, to relationship with Jesus first and then ministry as He decides for you whether at home, in the marketplace or at church.

Os Guinness, in the classic book The Call unpacks this idea.  We commend it to you and invite you to respond on our website once you’ve read it.  Consider working through the free download of God’s Call for us to Lead located under the leader resources tab.  Enjoy the articles by Major Clarence Bradbury and be sure to listen to the interview of Lt. Colonel Kelly Igleheart.  All of these resources and much more are at your disposal to consider this very important biblical topic of calling!

Enjoy your walk around our website, and as always, if we can answer any questions for you, please email us (address provided on the site).

Grace and all good to you!

Joanne Holz, Major

Director of The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development

Delegation – A Matter of Trust

By Clarence Bradbury

Let’s face it – some of us are downright fussy, finicky, fastidious in the way we go about running the Lord’s business.  We want things to go a certain way so we end up undoing or re-doing what others have done; or just doing it ourselves.  We get restless when we go a full day (or just an hour!) not knowing exactly what our people are up to.  Read more

Empowering Others through Delegation – by Dr. Steve Brown

This quote is sobering: “Trying to build leaders by regularly exposing them to your brilliance guarantees a lack of development Read more

From the Director’s Desk – Evaluation

Evaluation is a very scary term for many people.  The term often comes emotionally laden with negativity.  Questions such as “am I good enough?” or “who are they to evaluate me?” surface whether or not they are ever verbalized.

We move toward a healthy understanding of evaluation when we ask for and/or receive it.  Evaluations can help move a person grow and mature.  They can be the forum for affirmation and celebration.  Good evaluations are the conversations that ensue around several other ongoing conversations.

Evaluations should never be used as a weapon.  When we belong to the body of Christ we are commanded to do the work of ministry to build up.  Trust is either disintegrating or growing.

Evaluations, even difficult ones, can build trust if those involved have conversations based in mutual respect.

Evaluation is also the process of considering all of the angles, the resources, the benefits and cost-factors related to either building further from where you are or considering a potential change.  We are highlighting Dr. Terry Walling’s book STUCK this month.  Transitions, the main theme of this book, are great opportunities to evaluate where you are and where you are heading.

Enjoy the articles and leadership helps for this month.  And, as always, we look forward to hearing from you!  Your feedback and insights are important to us.

Grace and all good to you!

Joanne Holz, Major

Director

The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development