Others may disagree, but for me the brief discussion of kingdom entrepreneurs was among the most stimulating parts of Steve and Cheri Saccone’s book Protégé that was described in last week’s newsletter. Steve works with younger pastors and other emerging leaders. All are committed Christians wanting to serve Christ and reach a younger generation that distrusts religion and sees no relevance in traditional churches.
The book acknowledges that all emerging leaders need to develop a skill set with “structured accountability and performance reviews.” Some younger leaders are traditional and not very innovative. They have a place in many churches but those who make a twenty-first century difference seek to become kingdom entrepreneurs in a way that “aligns uniquely with who they are” as they “reach their full potential of spiritual influence and optimize their kingdom impact. If we want to build kingdom cultures, we must become kingdom entrepreneurs.”
Entrepreneurs take initiative to pioneer new things, or at least change what isn’t working. “They are created to cast vision and turn that vision into action…. Kingdom entrepreneurs create environments where religious obstacles get stripped away, so that people searching for God can see him, find him and know him.” Leaders are “created to build teams that focus on a cause and then strategize to pursue the change they desire in the world, or in their church and ministry area.” But younger leaders often encounter resistance from more established leaders including those who are afraid or reluctant to let new ideas and strategies emerge. As a result thousands of emerging leaders, including university and seminary graduates, feel stifled and held back. I am reminded of my time in graduate school when I recognized the value of structured-skill learning for psychologists but sensed that my creativity and youthful passion were squelched by seemingly archaic university requirements, accrediting agency rules and a few rigid professors or supervisors.
Of course I see the value of regulations and standards. I want to abide by biblical principles. But I also want to encourage and learn from the young kingdom entrepreneurs and others who cross my path and stimulate my growth. What is your perspective on this? Please comment.