Monday, August 17, 2009

Trust vs. Suspicion...

Recently a group of SoHills' elders and ministers got together to consider how we might work together to create a stronger culture of trust among us. We viewed a DVD that featured a challenging presentation by Andy Stanley entitled "Trust vs. Suspicion." Here are some of my take-aways from Andy's message:

Often there are unexplainable gaps between what we expect people to do and what they actually do.

+ We choose what we place in those gaps.

+ Our choices determine the integrity of our relationships.

+ We can choose to fill the gaps between what we expect people to do and what they actually do with either trust or suspicion.

“Teams use trust as currency. If it is in short supply, then the team is poor. If trust abounds, the members of the team have purchase power with each other to access each others’ gifts, talents, energy, creativity, and love. The development of trust then becomes a significant leadership strategy. Trust creates the load limits on the relationship bridges among team members.” (Reggie McNeal)

As Christ-followers, we have been called to trust.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)