No matter what you’re leading, whether it’s a megachurch, business, church plant, or just your family, we all want the people we lead to experience real, lasting transformation.
But does that ever feel elusive to you? Does it ever seem like no matter what new “thing” you try, you end up spending more time putting out fires than really leading transformational change?
Gravity Leadership was started by three families who’ve felt the weight, fatigue, and frustrations that come from non-transformational leadership.
We were all working as Christian leaders in various contexts, but growing more and more disillusioned by the lack of transformation that our best ministry efforts were producing.
We were discouraged, but we wanted to see if transformational leadership was possible in ministry. We wanted to see if it was true that if we focused on leading like Jesus, living on mission, and making disciples that Jesus would build his church. So…
- Ben and Sarah Hardman (pic on the left) decided Ben would quit his dream job as an up-and-coming young leader at a megachurch and they planted a church of missional communities in the inner city.
- Ben and Deb Sternke (in the middle) launched out from a longtime ministry position at a mid-sized church and planted a network of missional communities (one of the first to try this in the US), knowing a lot more about what they didn’t want to do than what they did.
- Matt and Sharon Tebbe (pic on the right) quit a life-giving ministry job with a church they still love in order to learn how to make disciples in a new context.
Along the way, through a million mistakes and missteps, we met each other and quickly realized that we were embarking on similar journeys of discovery, so we started walking together, learning from each other and encouraging each other.
We became friends and partners in leadership. It was a journey of trial and error, but we learned from our failures and from wise teachers. We kept coming back to the life of Jesus, imitating his way of leadership in our churches and family relationships. We kept experimenting and learning from our failures.
And… it started working!
Slowly but surely, people’s lives were actually being transformed. It felt like a miracle. People were actually growing in their character as disciples and their competence as leaders. Their lives were looking more and more like Jesus. The fruit of the Spirit was growing in them.
And the best part was that this new way of leadership that was producing so much fruit in other people’s lives was also producing the same fruit in our lives! We were stumbling on a way of leading that was life-giving, not life-depleting.
Other leaders began to see the difference in our lives and churches, and started asking questions. We began sharing what we were learning, and and started coaching and training other leaders, who also began to see the same kind of transformation in their lives and leadership.
Gravity Leadership essentially formed out of this generative friendship, and continues to function now as a wider community of friends who are joining us on this journey of learning to lead like Jesus, live on mission, and make disciples.
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