I was reading this morning (http://marcronez.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/city-harvest-case-part-5-chcs-crossover-or-sun-hos-crossover/) and realised that we haven’t spoken too in-depth about transparency and the associated risk and risk strategies. (And here is my governance/public servant brain speaking: these should be documented as well.)
Read: Proverbs 11:14; 12:15; 13:10; 15:22; 19:20-21; 20:18. And probably Rehoboam’s story.
Risk strategies is not just financial. So far, the only things we’ve spoken about is: “what if we can’t get 30 people” or “what if sara and may get pregnant”. We’ve looked at the risks to our product but not the risk in our process.
– What are things that we are doing now that can be perceived in the wrong light/will be hard to explain? / Will what we are doing be seen in good light by all?
– What is our plan Bs for each milestone? Are we placing all our eggs in one basket? Are there different ways of doing things with lower risk that we need to explore or keep the door open for?
– Is the means to reaching the goal appropriate to the goal? Can our process and rationale be scrutinised by a third party?
– Have we included nay-sayers in our planning and rationalising process or is it all yes-men? What have we done about the words of nay-sayers?
– Who are our advisors? After reflecting on our advisor’s words, do we go back to our advisors and discuss what we think about those words?
– Have we been transparent with our current leaders/mentors/advisors?
The author of the article had difficulty separating God’s call from selfish human desires by examining the church’s actions. And honestly, as living breathing people, examining our ourselves is hard. Thats what advisors are for. Ps Kong Hee had advisors – good and respected advisors. Did the advisors not pick out these blind spots (which makes them not so great advisors) or did Ps Kong dismiss/rationalise away anything perceived as against the agenda. The problem is that in Christiandom, once someone says “God said so” or “this is God’s call”, others often back off with their disapproval and/or they can’t say anything else. That is a challenge to the kind of transparency, openness and authenticity we strive for.
The same set of questions above need to be asked of our own lives as well – our ministry is an extension of our life. God’s call, confirming prophetic words, encouragement from advisors is all good but handled without wisdom (and plain common sense) will jeopardise the call.