Yesterday I shared some thoughts about making big asks.  Here are two good equations to remember when you need to have an empowering leadership conversation:

                                Need + Vision = Inspiration

                              Need – Vision = Desperation

How many times have you heard or maybe even delivered a desperate call for more people to work in the toddler room? It usually sounds something like this: “We have a huge need for more workers in the toddler room during our 8:00 a.m. celebration service. It only requires one hour a week and little or no preparation. Just show up and keep them from hurting themselves.”

Be honest. Are you inspired by that opportunity? It sounds pretty desperate, doesn’t it? Now ask yourself, “How often do I present a need without a missional vision?” That same need could be communicated with a little bit of vision, and it would sound completely different: “We have a great opportunity for you to serve the families of our toddlers during our 8:00 a.m. service. We know that the safety and security of a child is important, especially to newcomers who may be taking their first steps on their way back to God. Not only that, you have no idea who you may be holding in your arms in the toddler room—future leaders, difference makers, men and women who will go on to make a huge impact for God’s kingdom.”

To which ask would you be most likely to respond?
 


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