I have read two books so far this year and the contrast between the two is amazing. The first book I read this year was “Courageous Leadership” by Bill Hybels. It was a good read, but to be honest, I didn’t connect with it in the way that I thought I would.
I just completed “Searching for God Knows What” by Donald Miller. I was able to connect with this book on a greater level of both understanding and connectivity then “Courageous”. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, in a recent personality profile exam, I was classified as an “expresser” (imagine that). My guess is that Donald Miller would also fall in this category. Hybles on the other hand is clearly a “Driver”. If you are not familiar with the 4 categories, “Driver’s” and “Expressers” tend to not mix very well. Expressers tend to dream, while Drivers tend to be, well, driven.
What struck me most about these 2 books though was how very different the message is. In a way, “Searching” might be the “anti-courageous”. This has nothing to do with leadership, but everything to do with our need for formulas, bullet points and step-by-step plans. Donald Miller does a nice job of outlining some of the dangers of doing this. Hybels is more or less describing the blue print for building successful church staffs, churches and leaders. Not bad, but the “expresser” in me struggles with the fine line between strategic leadership and leaving room for God to be…well…God.
These are just my thoughts. I enjoyed both. Both were effective. I found different elements in both that were rich. Now I am really going to throw this off course by reading “Velvet Elvis” by Rob Bell. More to come…..