one of my (ryan’s) favorite artists is derek webb. there has been no other artist that has deeply impacted my theology as much as webb. as a natural byproduct, lyrically and theologically, he has shaped the vision for eikon in various ways (i would love to talk about this more in the future and already have a really incredible sermon series idea based on one of his albums that i’ve been fleshing out for quite some time).
Archives > January, 2009
stockholm syndrome 01.26.2009 1:31 am
values vs. goals 01.23.2009 8:19 am
mark oestriecher’s blog is near the top of my daily must-read blogs. marko is the president of youth specialties, a fellow emergent type and a great blogger.
yesterday on his blog, he talked about leading from values vs. goals, which spawned from a facebook group about his new book, youth ministry 3.0. in essence, he suggests—and i would heartily agree—that leading from values is “better” than leading from goals. i thought his discussion and illustrations spoke so perfectly about the way i want to lead eikon, so i thought i would share them here. (this gets a little ahead of myself in terms of what i’ve been planning for the blog, but i really thought it would be helpful to share this.)
to expand on his ideas, let me unpack these concepts. goal-driven leadership—often—is very static and detached. goals demand a plan of action that is executed until that goal is met, at which time another goal is stated and a new plan begins. there seems to be a never-ending cycle of management and oversight. it often requires micro-management and strict evaluation.
on the other hand, values-based leadership is much more organic in nature. values rely on relationships and care and nurture. values don’t view the church and the people that comprise the church as data and scientific beings. people are the end and not just the means to an end.
marko offered a couple graphics, but i decided to pretty them up and do some consolidation. here’s a visual of what we’re talking about. (the visual on the right represents the leadership values at eikon.)
marko’s post produced a couple analogies that i thought were helpful. first, it’s like the contrast of a factory and a garden. in a factory, an assembly line is intended for efficiency and focused solely on accomplishing the task at hand. if the assembly line worker were to pause for a conversation with a coworker or decide to step away for personal reasons, the goal cannot be met and the worker would be discarded for another more diligent worker. a garden, though, is cared for by the gardener. the gardener’s job is to create a healthy environment for growth. the gardener can’t guarantee the growth, but can be confident that in healthy and rich soil, seeds will open and produce fruit. further, gardens are unique to their environment because they aren’t meticulously watched over as in the case of an assembly line product. to be bold, factories play god while gardeners trust god.
as a tie-in to our current political headlines, goal-based leadership is descriptive of john mccain’s campaign, whereas values-based leadership was characteristic of barack obama’s campaign. mccain was militaristic and mechanical and diligent. it’s almost as if there were checkpoints along the way that had to be reached before going onto the next checkpoint. if a stumbling block was thrown in the path, the whole plan was confounded. on the other hand, obama led by overarching values that inspired people and rallied people together and created a movement. when something was thrown in obama’s path, the campaign moved forward because the response (or lack thereof) was informed by a confidence in a set of values that were inherent since day 1 of the campaign.
so, in the coming weeks, i hope to roll out a series of posts detailing our core values. these are the guiding theologies that will determine the direction and flow of our community, so i hope it will continue to give you an idea of what this thing called eikon is all about.
check back soon for more!
meet eikon. 01.19.2009 9:53 am
hey everybody, this is ryan. i’m the lead guy (a.k.a. pastor) at eikon church. i’d like to welcome you to the temporary web home of eikon. eikon is a new kind of faith community that is forming in little rock. we’re convinced that there’s a young, creative, emerging community here in little rock that desires to do church in a new and relevant and engaging and creative way. that’s why we’re putting together this thing called eikon.
- check back regularly. i hope to update very regularly—much like my personal blog.
- subscribe to the rss feed. you’ll find a graphic over in the sidebar with an orange eikon. if you click on that, it will give you some subscription options. this will help you stay extra-connected.
- follow on us twitter. this will be the place where you can find the lastest information before people even see it on the blog (usually). (again, look for the graphic in the sidebar.)
- shoot me an email for more information. as the site evolves, i’ll begin to add more and more content. in the meantime, you can send an email requesting more information. you can find me at eikon (at) beingryanbyrd (dot) com.
- tell someone about what we’re doing who you think might be interested. we know they’re out there, so you can be a partner in helping us spread the word.
- most importantly, think about getting involved. we really want need you. seriously. i’m gonna be pretty bored if i’m the only one who’s a part of this “community.” yeah, a community of one kinda sucks, so we need you.