prove that we are His disciples will be our greateststrength.
Using our time and talents to care for otherswill be our greatest blessing. (“Serving” can be within thechurch walls, but the Fairhaven congregation is urged tohave an outward focus.)
Use the Perspectives Course asa Motivator
Kirk leverages his influence in order to get potentialleaders to attend the “Perspectives on the WorldChristian Movement” course. To the usual excuseslike “I’m too busy” and “There’s too much else goingon,” Kirk replies, “I know you are busy, but we needyou there. Come for the first two weeks and seewhat you think.”With the option to bail out after two weeks, peoplecome and get hooked. Brainstorming and debriefingoccur after every session. By the end of the course,leaders are saying, “I feel like God wants me to launch or leada ministry to…” In addition, they have become the cheerlead-ers who urge other potentialleaders to invest the time totake the course.
Plan Far inAdvance
Kirk respects the fact that his high
capacity leaders are ex-tremely busy. For instance, he has several doctors and sur-geons in leadership who schedule patientssix to nine months out. To get something ontheir calendar, Kirk announces key eventssuch as missions conferences, Global Lead-ership Summit, Local Impact Weekend, andmission trips a year in advance. This amountof lead time allows leaders to prioritize minis-try events without rearranging their calen-dars.
Expose Leaders toPowerful Training
Each year, Kirk invites some ministry leadersand potential leaders to attend the WillowCreek Global Leader-ship Summit with him. Again, he extends theinvitation close to ayear in advance. Notonly is this high
qualitytraining that leadersappreciate, but it is alsoprovides time for Kirk tobuild his relationshipwith these leaders, signaling the value heplaces on their leadership potential. Debrief-ing afterward with them allows Kirk to better understand what makes each person tick.
Fairhaven has intensive orientation to local
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Perspectives Role in Building Leaders
Perspectives was a life
changing class that did, indeed,change my perspective as to the why and how of mis-sions. Now when I lead a medical mission team, give, or send, I know my role and the role of the church is to know Christ and make Him known to all the nations!
Dr. Bill Wilson
Former Chief of Staff of Miami Valley Hospital and
Champion of Fairhaven’sMedical Missions
Delegation Blended with Teamwork
I first met Kirk in 2003 when I presented a plan to mobilize Christian business-men and women to serve in developing economies. This was the beginning of many informal meetings (often over breakfast or lunch) to share ideas, and todiscuss strategy and issues pertaining to this ministry.
It was quickly obvious to me that Kirk was willing and eager to delegate theresponsibility of planning, recruiting volunteers, and overseeing this program.
I never felt he lacked interest, but he gave me the freedom to mold and lead this work, while at the same time always being willing to help methrough difficult decisions when asked.
Having the two of us providing insight and ideas has improved the quality of our decisions without making me feel like hewas dictating his desired answers. From thebeginning, we realized it was best if we did thestrategic planning together, and I could thenhandle the tactical decisions and keep Kirk informed. As long as I was open with him asto problems and challenges, he was willing tolet me oversee the ministry. We not only feel God has blessed this ministry, but He hasbrought the two of us into a close personal friendship.
Bill BloebaumFormer CEO
Fairhaven’s Business as Mission Champion