The Edge (Part 3)

I’ve written about how leaders are called to disrupt the status quo and the equilibrium in order to push people to the edge. I’ve written about how our ministry heart and style should be about doing whatever it takes to get to the edge to lead people to Christ.

And now, I’m writing about how we as leaders must bring the EDGE.

In “Making the Big Time Where You Are” by Coach Frosty Westering, Frosty talks about the three-sided coin. One side represents the “doing the best.” The other side represents the “being the best.” But ultimately, we can’t control those sides. The EDGE (or the third side) is the difference maker and this side represents “giving it our best shot.” We can’t control if we do or be the best, but we can control if we are giving it our absolute best shot. We can compete against ourselves, and this edge makes all the difference.

In “The Leadership Engine” by Noel Tichy, he writes about how all of the great leaders and organizations bring energy and edge to do what needs to get done. All great leaders of all great organizations possess the “edge” mentality — that is, they bring the emotional edge required to push things through to success and completion. In fact, leaders will create burning platforms just to get people to feel the effects of the edge and therefore perform at higher, more energetic levels.

Here’s the point: We need to bring the edge every day as leaders of ministries. Whether you work with junior high students, lead a church, or are simply trying to grow as a leader, you must bring the edge every day. Compete against your best self (you can control that). Bring your A game energy to work and the day (you can control that). And sustain the edge through transitions and challenging times.

Are you bringing the edge?

The Edge (Part 2)

God has been hammering me with this phrase, the edge. If you missed it, check out my post from yesterday.

Today, I’m thinking about what my brother, Ryan, taught me about the edge.

Ryan led a tiny youth group (of 7 kids) to 300 in less then 4 years in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. Of course, he credits God, primarily, and other leaders, but one of things I remember him saying over and over again is that he was willing to take things as close to the EDGE as possible without going over. His youth ministry style was to do whatever it took to get to as close to the EDGE as possible without going over.

His words spurred something inside of me. And I came to find out, Paul had a very similar ministry philosophy. In 1 Corinthians 9, Paul writes: “Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.

When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.”

Paul was willing to go the EDGE. Ryan taught me the difference between status quo ministry styles and the edge leadership styles.

Are you willing to go to the edge to reach people otherwise unreachable?