The Freedom of the Gig Leader Mindset
“Leadership is a Stewardship and you’re accountable” – Andy Stanley
I have spent the past three years listening to leaders in business and Christianity, while at the same time watching the world change so fast and dramatically that whole industries are being dismantled. While I believe the Church of God will last until His return and even “the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.” Your local congregation and mine will see a different fate, if Jesus tarries. I also believe that if the Church in America does not shift the methods with which we see and approach the coming generations with the unchanging, eternal message of Jesus, we will lose them.
So, where do we begin.
“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” – John Maxwell
If John Maxwell is right this starts with a leadership mindset. If the leaders of churches do not shift and shift fast, we will lose ground in the “Gig Economy.” We need to adapt the way we plan and prepare for tomorrow’s inevitable changes.
The shift we need to make is from "Longevity to Legacy." (Dave Ferguson, Carey Nieuwhof podcast edpisode 169)
For most of my church life we have heard that the greatest impact in communities is made by pastors who stay. While that may be true, I also believe that plenty of pastors stay and make very little impact. The question we must answer is not “How long will I be here?”, but “What will I leave behind?”
Today unlike any other time in history, our leaders can leave behind truth and understanding for more people in more places than could have been imagined before. So, here is the first shift of the Gig Leader. What will you leave behind?
At least 3 freedoms come from this approach:
1. We are not bound by time.
Whether we are in a place one more day or three more decades, we can make better decisions and steward leadership, because we understand that it is what we leave that is the most important barometer of our success. There is no need to wait, and there is no need to hurry. Just do what God gives you to do each day. Consider what you are here to do and do it, for as long as God allows.
I have been called “fiercely loyal”, usually that is a good thing, but at times I have stayed in a ministry too long, because I didn’t understand what I was to accomplish. I should have worked harder to leave ministry in more capable hands sooner than I did. Then I should have moved on. All leadership is gig leadership. It is temporary.
2. We are not bound by resources.
While resources allow for a great amount of production, it is the lack of resources that instigates much creativity. When legacy is the goal, we will work with what we have, to achieve all we can to create legacy. We will work, create, pursue and try all forms of activities short of sin to bring about God’s eternal purpose. We will learn new skills and never stop.
The leader with the “gig” mindset understands that God provides what we need when we need it to accomplish His goals. If you don’t have what it takes to accomplish certain goals, trust God’s timing. Do what you can, while you can, with all you have.
3. We are not bound by self.
The greatest freedom created by a pursuit of legacy over longevity is that we can die to ourselves, and the passion increases. I believe we will find deeper more meaningful work and life, when we choose legacy. Legacy is by its nature selfless. It is a pursuit for others. Legacy is a willingness to sacrifice all that I have and am to aid in the growth and well being of a vision or of others.
Sacrificing myself is neither difficult nor odious, because the goal of life is to leave something behind, not to live here forever.
We must shift. We must not stay where we are, and in so doing save the next generation.
We must turn from the pursuit of longevity to the pursuit of legacy. This is Gig leadership.