Are You Average Enough?

“No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.” – Peter Drucker

T his quote hit me today. For years my Midnight Oil partner Jason Moore and I led seminars, advocating more effective use of media in worship and ministry, with mixed results. We have often heard the rejoinder, “We don’t have the skillset that you two bring!”

Our response has typically been something like, Use what you have. But I remember many post-seminar tugs at my spirit, where I have questioned the ability of churches to fully implement what we have called Creative Worship.

Jason and I have never wanted churches to be dependent on star staff and lay people, yet that often seems to be the case when it comes to matching secular production values amid the demands of a high-deadline, low-resource environment of a local church.

Maybe the question needs to be reframed as, What specific thing can the average layperson begin to do in your church?

While we all would love to be surrounded by what we will call 5-talent people, using Jesus’ parable, most of us are, and have, 1- and 2-talent people. Rather than trying to teach designer-level principles and skills, the more effective leadership technique is to aim for cost-effectiveness; that is, what effective implementation of this vision can be attained using people with average skillsets?

Are you average enough for your vision? How can you make sure that your skills don’t inhibit your ability to communicate your vision? How does your vision need to be presented and organizationally structured so that 1- and 2-talent people can implement it?


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Len Wilson

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Christ follower. Storyteller. Strategist. Writer. Creative Director at St Andrew. Tickle monster. Author, Think Like a Five Year Old (Abingdon).