Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
When Jesus chose his disciples, he had a very clear idea of what was about to transpire. He invited them into a close relationship with him to teach them the life of the kingdom of heaven. Following this intimate teaching experience where they observed his ministry, he sent them out to do the same.
Sometimes, we fall into the false dichotomy of seeing strategic planning as less ‘spiritual.’ But the reality is that we have a very strategic God. Sometimes we forget that God had a clear cut plan from before the beginning of creation. God was not surprised when Jesus was rejected and ultimately crucified. It was part of God’s plan from the beginning. Strategy permeates the pages of the Bible. Some people have organization minds. They bring a clear sense of direction means of getting to the goal. They help to move the organization forward.
When you think about your leadership style, do you think about plans or people? Do you see how different elements impact a plan? Can you anticipate what possible contingencies the group may need to be prepared for? When you think about a project, can you see the steps needed to reach the goal? Is strategy a strength or grow area for you?