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Catalyst Labs Today

Catalyst Labs was today.

The Labs are small 45 minute breakouts throughout the afternoon. The Labs are often times my favorite part of the Catalyst experience. There are more speakers and topics available than one person can absorb. Therefore as a sample here are summaries of the Labs that I attended.

Tim Elmore - EPIC Leadership

Tim used Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz as a metaphor for the many leadership styles.

First he defined E.P.I.C. ( a term coined by Leonard Sweet) in describing next generation leadership as:
Experiential - they don't want the sage on the stage, but rather the guide on the side
Participatory - young leaders are interested in being a part of the outcomes
Image - we live in a image rich culture
Connected - young leaders are the most connected, relationally and technologically

From the Wizard of Oz there are three leadership styles represented.
1. Wicked Witch - led through manipulation
2. Wizard of Oz - led through intimidation
3. Dorothy - led through encouragement, teamwork and her strength was her weakness

The Dorothy way is the new way (or style of Leadership) for today.

Tim talked through the different era's and how leadership style differed through them.

In the 50's it was a Military style - top down and demanded loyalty.
In the 60-70's it was the CEO - leading with vision and valued productivity
In the 80's it was the Entrepreneur - desiring to be "cutting edge" and valuing innovation
In the 90's it was the Coach - deploy the talent of players and valuing teamwork
NOW - is the Dorothy Way...a leadership style called Poet/Gardner

This Leadership style leads in an age of complexity and doesn't pretend to have all the answers. They are learning, reading and synthesizing information in order to lead (that is the Poet part) and they are most interested in growing people under their care (that is the Gardner part). This style is a leader that asks questions and listens.

Other aspects of this Leadership style is a leader who:
Empowers others well
Interprets Culture
Embraces Role of Mentor
Listens and Fosters self-discovery
Driven by service not ego

Also a couple of closing pts:
Our situation determines what style we must employ.
Our style determines who we attract.
Our style often comes from the era we learned to lead
Your style must reflect the maturity of your followers.

Sally Morgenthaler - Leaders Losing Soul

This was the most compelling Lab of the afternoon!

What is our Soul? Not talking about our eternal soul but rather our emotions, the sense of being present in our own life.

When we have a loss of our soul, we know it. We experience,

Emptiness, Disillusionment, Hunger, Numbness, Become Zombies for Christ, Going through the Motions.

We can't "fix" our soul. When we try to do so, we end up,
Living in Denial, Simply Do More of What I've been Doing, Hide, Become Religiously Pious.

When was the last time you (I) let myself Wonder, Grieve, Experience Anger?

All we are doing to answer this is provide a Christianity of Moralism in our churches, which only becomes Shame.

Loss of Soul, makes us less human, means not speaking the secrets.

When we Repair our Soul, the goal is not to achieve a final victory or to put an end to suffering. Rather, it addresses whether or not we are going to be present in IT.

We must not abort the process that God wants to do in our life.

Quote by Dallas Willard from Divine Conspiracy "God doesn't love us without "liking" us as well" (paraphrase)
By the way, these are two good articles from Sally in Leadership Journal that give you some background of her story and an echo of what she shared today.

Reggie McNeal - Get a Life!
(no notes - just listening to Reggie deliver his heart and his stream of consciousness which was very funny and entertaining)

Mark Foreman - Wholly Jesus

A couple of points - Salvation is more than just saving souls and it about the Kingdom of God. Salvation is also more than just justification but also transformation (becoming more and more like Jesus)

Mark's points were echoes of other men I have digested over the years such as N.T. Wright and Tim Keller.



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