New Direction for Keith Yoder
“It’s like a painting,” I said, trying to describe the intrinsic nature of Presence-Based Leadership. “The core value of an excellent painting isn’t the technical aspects of line, space, balance, etc., though those things are important. It’s what the picture does to our soul. It’s the inner sense, the truth it conveys–the memories, the emotion, the connection with God and each other…”
“It’s an art,” Keith answered.
“Yes!” The word “art” struck the target. Presence-Based Leadership is an art.
Keith Yoder has served as a leader in the body of Christ for most of his life, helping many, many other leaders experience the Lord’s transforming power in their lives and work. God now calls him to focus on imparting to others the wealth of truth that Christ had formed in him.
His plan includes writing a book that integrates many strains of leadership into a model called “Presence-Based Leadership” (PBL). I’ve been working with Keith to write this book, and plan to begin a 3-month “writing focus” (Nov, Dec, Jan) to complete the rough draft.
In the past year we’ve already written two other partial drafts. While both of them helped us to dig deeper into the essence of PBL, they still missed the mark. Parts of the text flowed, but other parts felt arbitrarily pieced together.
That’s when the Lord helped us understand the two threads woven through the PBL model:
The first concerns the “art” of Presence-Based Leadership, which is sensing God’s wisdom–the thing that integrates many points of knowledge and technique into effective leadership. We master this spiritual art “by reason of use,” having our “senses exercised to discern both good and evil,” or God’s wisdom opposed to human wisdom (Hebrews 5:14).
The second thread concerns “discernment.” The practical act of leadership is simply making decisions, literally hundreds of decisions, large and small, every day. The culmination of these determines the success of a leader. In simple terms, those who learn to make decisions by discerning God’s direction will find eternal success. Those who follow human or demonic strategy will find only “wood, hay and stubble” (I Corinthians 3:11-13).
Draft number three on the way! I’m excited for the opportunity to spend so many hours a day researching and writing. We appreciate your prayers, as the Lord may lead for this project.
I’ll keep you posted on the progress. Keith deeply appreciates all of you who have partnered with TTWM over the years in the cause of Christ-Centered leadership. We value your comments, questions or concerns. Please contact us or write them below. Blessings!
Proverbs chapters 1-3; Matthew 7:21-23; 20:25-28; John 10; 15; 16; 17
- Patricia Tillman