Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Power Of Influence: JB Britton
Please forgive the infrequency of the blog posts over the last couple weeks. The reason is anything but a lack of having things worth mentioning. We’ve been very busy out here.
On Monday June 14, we were treated to a presentation by JB Britton, the associate Dean of Student Development, about the importance of influence in a leader’s life. Once again we were told that there is more to being a leader than just having power or status or title—we don’t have to be “in charge” to be a leader.
Being influential—being somebody others want to follow—is important to being an authentic Christian leader and begins within. It involves being a person of respect, being one who cares for others, and being action oriented. In discussion, we mulled over examples of leaders who exemplified integrity and personal leadership and compared them to other leaders that did not. Following someone because you are required to is quite different than following someone because of who they are and the values they represent.
For scripture this week, we read through Matthew 23 where Jesus derides the Pharisees and Church leaders for caring more about outward appearance than about following God’s true teaching. In the passage, Jesus explains that washing the outside of the cup is not enough, “wash the inside first and then the outside also will be clean.” All leaders should follow these words.
For some examples of good and bad leaders, and for a fun Calvin outing, we made our place among the seats at Red Rocks Amphitheater for an outdoor showing of The Princess Bride. The Film on The Rocks series brought us this classic from our childhood on Tuesday night. Though many of us have seen this movie more times than we can count, there is new appreciation to be had when it’s viewed outdoors with 9,000 other fans mouthing along to the words, “As you wish” or gasping for Wesley and Buttercup while they battle the Rodents of Unusual Size (R.O.U.S’s) in the Fire Swamp.
It was a great week with JB and his family and one that prepared us well for the next with Snow Mountain Ranch’s Chaplain, Steve Peterson.