Leadership In Crisis
Bishop Sean Teal, Th.D.
(Issachar School of Ministry)
The Seven Last Words of Christ on The Cross reveal the mastery of crisis management.
There is no greater crisis than The Crucifixion of Jesus.
Jesus conquered his crisis.
In Chinese lore the two characters that combine to make the word ‘crisis’ are danger and opportunity.
Every crisis offers an opportunity.
How did Jesus lead the world through it’s most crucial crisis?
What are the principles and practices being taught to leaders?
THE FIRST WORD –
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Handle the hard stuff first. What’s more difficult than to forgive the unforgivable? The hardest work of a leader is to rescue and restore people.
THE SECOND WORD –
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Promote potential when things are painful. The penitent thief is dying on a Roman cross and Jesus is talking to him about paradise. Talk to your team about the dream not the death!
THE THIRD WORD –
“Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.” Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.”
Redefine significant roles and responsibilities. Every crisis tests the best team relationships. A crisis gives you permission to rethink how the team should team together going forward.
THE FOURTH WORD –
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34
Ask questions that get to the heart of the matter. Why? That is the question of champions.
THE FIFTH WORD –
“I thirst.” John 19:28
Communicate your most basic needs as a leader. Don’t be afraid to be transparent. Keep your messages simple.
THE SIXTH WORD –
When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished;” and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit. John 19:30
Know when to “shut it down”. Closure is a treasure. Your project needs a start and finish date. The longest recorded Roman crucifixion lasted 10 days. Jesus finished in six hours. How do you know when you’ve won?
THE SEVENTH WORD –
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
Delegate what you are currently doing so you can lead more to the next level. Jesus turned his spirit over to Father. This was His way of ensuring His Resurrection. After The Resurrection He leads captivity captive and gives us gifts of the Spirit ( Ephesians 4:7-9).