Crisis is defined as a time of difficulty or danger, our worlds seem to move form crisis to crisis in peoples lives, in political environments Crisis seems to frame our lives.
When crisis comes near we need to be a people who understand what we require to face and address the situation. Gaining an understanding in times of crises is particularly required by influence or leaders. Whether you have been appointed in the good times or appointed and handed a crisis not of your making, given a task with all its challenges, we will have to learn what it is to make difficult decisions, to decide on direction of action, the biggest challenge to every one is to see the decisions through.
I would suggest that the responses we require to be able to negotiate the terrain that lies before us will really challenge you and see and asking us to be very flexible in thought and action. Asking us to be flexible in maker and leadership avoiding running the real of an old fashioned not willing to adjust of move autocracy. Asking of us to be empowering to all and flexible.
I remember Charles Simpson once outlining that the church should be flexible fluid and digital. I would say that in any circumstance in dealing with young children, teenagers, in our working environment, relationships, and leadership it is the person who can keep principal yet be fluid to negotiate the ups and downs, in and outs of constant change, those who can hold onto the purpose of God while being flexible to the seasons and the winds of change. Realising that God puts everything within us that we require, yet it does not find its fullness until we are connected to others, that the digit finds itself connected into the motherboard. That makes it all possible.
Let me offer some thoughts in the midst of our crisis
Be visible, be calm, be available
do not run into a corner, be seen across the environment you are responsible for, be the one that inspires hope acknowledging the tough terrain of the road ahead.
Give continual input
find and tap into new resources of information, re-assess who you are and the gifts you have, discover the shape God has made you and be it rather than think you have the answer to everything. Show flexibility that you can move from plan A to B or C knowing that the end goal of what God is after is most important
communicate a sense of urgency however never make decisions in panic, commit to your way forward once you clear. Remember we’ve discovered that without action words mean nothing. Always be ready to develop a change.
identify what is the goal of God, what is God after in the light of this what is the call of God on your own life after, what will your contribution be? Asks yourself then given yourself fully to it. Never forget what you’re good at, be ready to establish your priorities
Be a relational builder
we are meant to be in the together, the corporate people of God. Be one that sets their goal to build relationships remember that individuals never win wars. Find new connections while being faithful to those that God has related you to.
Be a motivator
communicate constantly and positively, meet face-to-face with people, explain, gather feedback. Remember a manager tells people what to do, a leader motivates and encourages the best, be the ambassador, live up to the mission, be the example
share in all things with people around you, share in the world God has placed you, the pain, understand the fears. We all may have to work longer and harder for little reward. Work to inspire and produce a people that will say we are all in this and together in this. Remember it starts with you first.
Celebrate every little advance it will build people up as they see their advance. Unfortunately for most it is quite difficult to see any advance and any gain be the Gain Storyteller
just remember crisis is a time of gain, it’s the ‘kairos’ moment of opportunity in danger, it’s the turning point, it brings about change, a crisis will always bring a new wave of people to the forefront.
Kairos (καιρός) is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the ‘supreme moment’).