“In today’s environment, hoarding knowledge ultimately erodes your power. If you know something very important, the way to get power is by actually sharing it.” – Joseph Badaracco
This morning I read a post by @tentblogger (John Saddington) and read the quote above. In this post he talked about the importance for blogs to have a purpose and a promise, because a blog should be all about influence and building up one’s community and readers. I like his statement on his promise to share with his readers and community everything that he knows and that he won’t hold anything back.
It struck me when reading this about the awesome responsibility we to pass knowledge on and not hoard it. What brought this home to me was the realization of the task that I have to lead and grow my staff, especially the younger staff that I serve and lead. It is important that I bring about knowledge transfer to help them become better leaders and better servants than I ever could be for the kingdom.
To be honest, thinking of this kind of had me feeling frustrated and apprehensive. I was frustrated because the realization hit me that as time goes on, others who are more talented and have greater potential will take the place where I once stood. I felt a brief moment of feeling insignificant to youth ministry, as a leader, and to my team. I felt apprehensive because in reality that time is here. A year and a half ago, we hired a guy to come and take my place as the middle school pastor. I switched roles at the church and we needed someone to fill my old position. Well to make a long story short, he has taken the reigns of the middle school ministry and we have seen exponential growth in life transformation, in numbers, and all that it entails. In reality, he will be a far better middle school pastor than I ever was or would be. My role has been to come along side him, protect him, allow him to fail, and help him become a better youth pastor, leader, and person. I have and must continue to share with him everything that I know and not hold anything back. The cost to me is the lessening of my role in that particular area of ministry, and other areas. I might also lose influence as well. The gain is power and influence in other ways and dimensions… Which is far more rewarding than anything that this world could offer me.
As a leader one of my roles is to help the team reach common goals together. Collaboration and team effort only happen when me as a leader abdicate knowledge, experience, and influence by sharing with my team. I share and serve, because I am a servant, a servant first. A metaphor to describe this is athlei (athlete) – particularly the derivative synathlountes (contending together), which provides imagery of teamwork and reaching for common goals as a team. The Apostle Paul used this metaphor in Philippians 1:27 as a way to invoke an athletic team, a group with a common goal and a common opponent, whose victory depends not just on individual performance, but on coordination of effort together.
To God be the glory…