Right now our church is in a sermon series called Batman and Robin. The thrust of the series is about making others great. God has some big things in store for our congregation and our city. And in order for us to do what He is calling us to do, it’s going to take leaders. People that decide that they are willing to help others get from where they are to where they ought to be. We designed this series to inspire our people to begin to intentionally invest in those coming up behind them and make them great.
Leadership is something I’ve been passionate about for awhile now. I think it was a logical step for me. As soon as I surrendered my life to Christ and began to understand that I wanted to be a part of reaching the whole world with the gospel, the need for discipleship and leadership development became apparent. We’ve got billions of people across the globe that Jesus loves and the only way we can reach them is through multiplying leaders that will multiply leaders.
In college, I remember some of the guys in my dorm hanging up posters of Brittany Spears. Not sure what they were hoping to think about as they went to sleep but you can imagine. Instead of that, I hung up a world map. I would go to sleep dreaming of all the committed disciples it would take to reach the whole world. I would strategize how many people I could pour into each year. I would envision what would happen if my disciples did the same thing year after year. Eventually, we could reach millions and even billions of people if everyone would deeply invest in training up a new generation of disciples. The power of multiplication captivated me.
Over my years as a youth pastor, I got to test out a lot of my ideas. And although I found out making disciples that flourish over the long run is much harder than I imagined, I have seen the lives of young people dramatically changed through leaders that I had the opportunity to invest in. Disciples that make disciples that make disciples works.
One of the questions I’ve had to answer is this : How do I find my Robin?
Not just anyone will do. I’m looking for good soil to invest my precious time into because it’s a non-renewable resource and God is going to ask me about all of it.
Here’s the 5 Things I’m Looking for in a Robin (The words spell the acronym FAITH, which I generally think is cheesy…but it does make it memorable):
I’m looking for people that can be counted on. I’m watching for people that do what they say they will do. If balls are being dropped a lot, it speaks to a lack of value for the things of God. Jesus said that he who is faithful in the little things will be faithful with the big things. So I start by looking at the little things. Consistency will take you a long way in my book.
This one is just practical. There are people with great potential, but their lives are cluttered with so much stuff they do not have the freedom to bear great fruit. I know there are different seasons of life where things get busier. But I’m looking for people that have a hunger to make the things of God a priority over the many things in this world that clamor for attention. If I’m going to invest deeply into someone’s life, it’s going to take us a good amount of time. This necessitates availability.
One thing that I’ve chosen not to do with those I’m seeking to invest in is chase them down. I’m a terrible accountability partner. I’ve got my own personal life, family and church that I’m trying to take care of and I can’t make time to be someone else’s motivation. I’m looking for people who are driven. Even if that drive gets them moving in the wrong direction, I can work with that. It’s easier to steer a moving ship than try to be someone’s engine.
One of my favorite character qualities I’m looking for in a Robin is the ability to listen. People that listen are hungry to grow and change. It shows a humility to listen. It says to a mentor that you don’t already know it all. Someone that constantly talks quickly gets checked off my list for a potential Robin. I’m looking for people that want to learn, grow and become all they have the potential to become. I’m looking for learners, readers, listeners, reasoners, thinkers and students. If you are teachable, than your potential is sky high. That’s the type of person I want to invest in.
This is a new one for me in the last couple years. Since planting Sun City Church, we’ve been on mission to be the happiest church I know of. I just don’t have any more life to spend not being happy. I know there are going to be seasons of sorrow, trial and difficulty. But I’m planning on moving through those with joy and a faith-filled positive outlook. I’ve been deeply impacted by reading The Happiness Advantage this year. Happiness is a secret weapon to getting the most out of life and I want happy people around me. They bring out the best in me and will make the most out of whatever I have to give them.
So there you have it. My top 5 things I’m looking for in a Robin. What’s on your list?