Uncertainty and Chaos the brothers of change!
June 3, 15
This reading was one that I will cherish a lot. I felt like God was talking to me and letting me know that chaos has purpose and its ok. I always feel like chaos is not bad because things that are business as usual get really old and it wearies me. In Broken Futures: Adaptive Challenge and the Church in Transition, a quote said, “Nothing good or creative emerges from business as usual.” I guess this is what gets me the most doing church as usual. I don’t get into it and I wont. What I like the most is that this article addresses the things I am dealing with in my denomination. I love the denomination but it is so much of a relic of the past and doing the same things as usual is really outdated in the twenty first century.
Trust me years ago I lost all touch with how things run and how things operate. I just love the church I got saved in it and filled with the Holy Spirit in it. And I never feel like leaving anything you love is the right thing to do. But you can be in things but have left the building years ago. Just like this quote, “The most creative leaders are often among those who have already left the building, tired of the limits of their creativity and tired of seeking to be heard by those too busy to listen.” You can get lost in trying to be heard by some people who are just too busy doing busy as usual to listen. One person I talked about this told me they don’t even know what I am talking about and that I need to repent. So I love it when I can read something that understands the plight of the church and the way people are viewing things in ecclesiastical structures. Another quote and I am through with this part but I have a lot more notes, “To much structure results in rigidity and over-management, which saps creativity.” While I know we need structure but the reality is that the twenty first century idea of structure is to me religious imperialism nothing more. Money and power are the reason a lot of people rule not for the servant-hood of Christ. That is just my take on it!
In Leadership in the Chaordic Age I found myself again. Love it. “Chaotic leaders resist taking control because they know that focus is more important than individual behaviors. But if our goal is a leadership culture, something like a community on mission, we need a new vision of leadership.” I completely understand this because most leaders are more interested in control and not a vision. And to me focus a lot of times is vision when it leads to a greater cause. What I mean by that is when a leaders have community as their focus and how they can help it be better, then that leader will help the community. Where as the latter type of leader wont.
My take on It Starts with Uncertainty is just like the other two; I kept seeing myself completely filling the pages. I cannot say enough about all these articles but I took out the notes I felt the most touched by. Number one, “The Western tradition is to play God with this world, assuming that nothing happens unless we make it happen.” So many churches think the same way. They think we are going to make it happen like what has happened in the past. Uncertainty to me is more of a sign of faith and charting the unknown. Every model of the past for ministry is not necessarily a good model for new environments and new times.
 Len Hjalmarson, Broken Futures: Adaptive Challenge and the Church in Transition, Unpublished, 3.
 Ibid., 10.
 Leonard Hjarmason, Leadership in the Chaordic Age, Unpublished, 5.
 Margaret Wheatley and Pema Chodron, “It Starts with Uncertainty,” Shambala Sun, November 1999, 1.