After years of serving missions-minded organizations, I am suddenly asking “What do I know about leading a movement?” As the new chairman of the Strategic Working Group of the Lausanne Movement, I find myself participating in the international leadership meetings taking place this week at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. Our week will be full of reports, workshops, and networking — classic board member activities I am familiar with. Yet, I feel unprepared to be a board member of an international movement.
Leading a movement takes a unique philosophical framework. Organizations are organized with systems and structures. For the most part, organizations are built upon predictable and measurable units: positions, wages, and time. These basic building blocks are not as clear-cut in movements. Birthed with passion, healthy movements continue to grow through persuasion and prayer. This is how the Lausanne Movement has continued to impact global evangelization after many years of service.
As our meetings commence, whisper a prayer for the meetings. Truthfully, it doesn’t matter what I may, or may not know, about leading a movement. There is only one question that matters — “Lord, what do You know about leading a movement?” I will be listening for His response and learning to lead.
“But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it” (1 Corinthians 12:18, NLT).