I am pondering the mother/daughter warfare from yesterday. I am still getting emails reporting a broad cross section of “stuff.” It is too soon to make any claims of significant impact, but there certainly was an overt effort by the enemy to disrupt, and there was a LOT of connection between the Holy Spirit and your spirit, and from you to each other and to me.
Technology and communication in the natural didn’t work so well, but that is common with our tribe. By the time we have run things two or three times, people get the hang of a new methodology and the administrative cost goes down. We can then do what we came to do without the glitchy stuff.
And, as we go forward, we will grow in corporate authority.
On the table today is a discussion of mechanics. Here are three different configurations.
First: The blog is central.
We go forward with the current package. I announce a topic, date and time in the blog a week in advance. I war in private from the office. You war from there without any electronic interface.
Two points on the upside: we have the highest participation; I have the lowest administrative/technical cost. A blog I can do!
The downside is rather large. I may not be at my best when something is scheduled in advance. When you schedule anything ahead of time — like a routine Sunday sermon or Thursday Bible study or seminar on a given date — you are guaranteed to have some days when the people show up but it isn’t God’s best time.
I so know what it is to have a message burn hot within me on the 12th, but when I deliver it on the 23rd, it is a pale relative of the flaming fire from before. Yesterday was a variation on that theme. You were all out there, primed and ready to go, some getting up at 2:00 a.m. I was a mess.
We went forward anyway. God honored the tenacity. Lives were changed.
But what if I was at white hot passion when we did it? Wouldn’t it be so much better?
That leads to option two.
Second: Unscheduled calls, announced by Twitter
I have a Twitter account that I use very sparingly for serious stuff. The address is @SLGArthur. What if I used that to announce to the tribe that I was going to war in 15 minutes?
The positive is that I would have the best of me at the table. The negative is that a lot of our tribe can’t roll on 15 minutes notice, so we would lose a lot of agreement.
Another negative is that a lot of people don’t use Twitter, and I hate to make anyone embrace any new platform in social media. There is negligible risk since you can sign up to follow just one person and you won’t get spammed by presidents and movie actors, but still . . .
Third: Scheduled calls with video on Facebook
These events could be either scheduled long in advance on the blog and Facebook, or be a fast response to a big burn announced on Twitter.
My team assures me that with “only two clicks” and no wires, plugs, dials, batteries or settings, I can sit in front of my trusty little laptop and broadcast to the world a video of the warfare that I do. If I understand correctly, it can be done for free, and the video can be archived for future access by the people whose time zones preclude their participating live.
The major downside is that I am my most authentic and most dangerous when I do my rants in private. Broadcasting to a whole world of Noble Subjects, Not-So-Noble Boo Birds and highly intentional witches causes me to edit myself on occasion.
The offsetting upside is that many of you can engage more deeply when you have a visual, so perhaps the higher engagement from the field would offset the curbing of my fire.
Another negative is that a lot of our tribe shares my loathing for Facebook and would not feel comfortable doing warfare on that platform. I highly respect that and would never want to be the cause of a single person opening a Facebook account.
So those are my thoughts. No perfect fit. A lot of trade-offs. Any of them is possible.
What are your thoughts?
And before you comment, may I suggest you shift gears out of consumer mode? A comment that starts out, “What I want is . . .” might just go straight to the trash depending on my mood when I am approving the comments. Right this minute, I am not feeling very tolerant of self-absorption. Can you tell?
So let’s have an adult conversation about how to advance the Kingdom of God, knowing that whichever approach we take, someone will be inconvenienced. Maybe you. How can we set the most people free, and equip the most people to war on their own in the future, at the lowest spiritual and emotional cost for all?
(This is your tightly focused businessman speaking).
Copyright January 2017 by Arthur Burk