John F. Kennedy says, “Leadership and learning are indispensable of each other.” John Stott quotes, “The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.”

I am learning to be a leader and in leading, I am learning. I am beginning to understanding that leading is a very humbling experience. Humility means listening to others and learning from others, and an understanding that we are all gifted in different ways. Leadership involves collaboration and communication with those who are in leadership roles, regardless of what those leadership roles might be. As Elders, we have been listening and wish to slowly make a leadership change at Damascus Road, and we want to hear from you if you have any concerns. We understand that a part of leadership is sometimes moving in collaboration as we make critical decisions.

Here is the leadership direction we are in the process of making. Instead of having a Leadership Team, we are going to create an Administrative Team that is made up of the heads of our existing teams. The heads of the teams will be the first line of communication for their teams, and the heads will report and communicate with the Elders. The Elders and the Administrative team will meet every one to two months to see how things are going with our teams, what our teams need, what we can do better, and how the Elders can help. This will help the Elders to make sure that our communication is going well with our teams, and that our teams have a voice at the table. It will also allow for greater accountability from all of us. This is a process, but one that we believe will ultimately help all of us to be better leaders and will help us to involve many more in the work of the church. It will also mean a re-writing of the Constitution of Damascus Road. Please pray for us as we all work together to be what Christ wants us to be and as we make decisions that allow the gospel to have greater impact. If you have questions or concerns, please talk with Brad Vyers, Matthew Peterson, or Vance Vyers and we will listen and have honest conversation with you.

I love my church, and I love you.