I clicked on a link at blogger.com called NextBlog and my first time I got the following, (from the title link above), and here is what I saw at the top (scroll to the bottom of this entry to get my reactions and the why this is significant:
Sunday, August 18, 2002
Here's some quotes by Gordon Cosby, founder of the Church of the Savior in D.C., on what makes a servant leader. I think some of you will enjoy these:
"The most crucial gift of a leader is the capacity to see new possibilities, new combinations of energy and life coming together and to see now, in imagination, that which is not yet but which ought to be."
"My task is to get close enough to Jesus Christ for him to do through me what he wants to do, which is the call that he has placed on my life."
"In War and Peace Prince Andre says of Austerlitz, 'Our loss was not much greater than that of the French, but we said to ourselves that we would lose it, and we did lose it.' In other words, we lost because we told ourselves we would lose. Militarily it was not quite that simple. But the point is clear. Fatalism saps the will and produces the situation it prophesies."
"Hope is a form of faith and tends to produce what it sees. Despair is a form of faith and tends to produce what it sees."
On "empathic universalism" (as opposed to empathic provincialism):
"The great leader sees and feels himself or herself as a part of the whole - identified with the totality."
"The great leader never feels it is us verses them. He or she is for everybody. To be for one interest group is never to be against another. To be for those without power is surely not to be against those with power."
"Are we willing, after we have done all that we know to hold the vision, and to carry it with hope, and to let it be a part of the totality, and to give it our best - are we willing then simply to wait when we have done it all? And simply to suffer, and to let our vicarious suffering be the means by which God ultimately brings the kingdom?"
From "By Grace Transformed", Chapter 2 - The Nature of Christian Leadership
posted by Mike Bishop | 12:15 PM
Today we visted a Presbyterian Church for the second time in four weeks (Janet had visited a couple of weeks ago when I went to our regular church). I was not "into it"; I have been feeling so "disconnected" from Church lately, not the least of the reason s being that I had felt so little appreciation or sense of having my explicitly expressed sense of call be challenged, brushed aside, and considered "dangerous" by key people at my Church. It's really been the case from the beginnings of my efforts.
My original inspiration for doing Church Webs arose from the experiences and inspirations I have had with my contact with the Church of the Saviour in Washington DC, the Church mentioned above in the random Weblog that I quote in full above). Today, as I begrudgingly drove the family to re-visit a Church, I was internally bemoaning the absence of a community and an atmosphere anything like that I sense in The Church of the Saviour, which seems to be bursting with energy and prescence and urgency and atmosphere and everything else that is good EVERY time I revisit or read of some new thing they are doing. This has been going on for me for 26 years since I first read Call to Commitment and all the books that followed which I immediately went and found and immersed myself in, one after the other, and back to the earlier ones again to revisit, and taking a youth group to visit COS in 1984, and with a friend in 1995 and with my family on vacation in 1996.
Church Webs arise from an urge to tell the story , so read Church Web Site Visions and Web Site Functions