Resurgence Leadership Foundation (RLF) is not for everyone!
Whew, I finally said it out loud, and it is very freeing. This freedom statement was one of the gifts for 2021, which came through my book club with David Park (pictured with the great smile below). Last January, he and I decided to meet weekly and walk through the book The Practice by Seth Godin. It was the perfect complement to RLF’s 2021 theme, “Moving Forward,” because it challenged us to “Ship Our Work” or be the generous leaders who make things better by producing a new way forward.
According to Seth Godin, intentional action includes a few steps:
- Determine your audience. Learn what they believe, what they fear, and what they want.
- Be prepared to describe the change you seek to make. At least to yourself.
- Care enough to commit to making that change.
- Ship work that resonates with your audience. Once you know your audience and intention, watch and learn to determine whether your intervention succeeded.
Jesus does not always speak in a group chat, so we challenged each other to be clear about what we were focusing on. So, we started shipping the work. At its core, shipping the work means using your gifts and talents to make life better for those around you. This will be one of your many contributions to making the world better.
What we discovered throughout the year was how much we enjoyed working together. Both of us are deeply passionate about helping Christian social entrepreneurs gain the clarity and confidence to “ship their work.” By the end of the year, we had invested in 17 individuals across the country through Mission Model Sessions + Accountability Calls. We kept shipping the work.
My vision for our world is to be a just society where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. For this vision to become a reality, it is going to take people in cities and communities to embrace the challenge to ship their work. Here at RLF, I have challenged our phenomenal team to ship their work and Double Up. It comes from Matthew 25:14-18.
14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground and hid his lord’s money.
The passage describes the response of three individuals who were given talents according to their own ability. Two shipped their work and DOUBLED UP, and one hid the talent and eventually had it taken away. I wish I could say I do not understand the third person, but I do. There have been so many ideas, plans, and missed opportunities because I lacked confidence. No Mas and No More! This is a season to DOUBLE UP.
Building a just society will require others to join us in our efforts. We believe there are other Christian social entrepreneurs in the metro Atlanta area that could benefit from time with me and David. We have space to work with three over the next several months. If you know anyone, please have them contact me at email@example.com and we can set up a 15-minute consultation.
As for you, it is our prayer that you will choose to use your endowed talents to keep shipping your work and join us in Doubling Up!