What do sound waves have to do with leadership?

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If you haven’t already, please watch this simple but incredible video:

Amazing Resonance Experiment!

When I watch it, I like to turn the sound down and listen instead to Chris Tomlin’s Indescribable…

Truly indescribable, realizing that something as ordinary as a sound wave can produce such intricate patterns at specific frequencies. Who knew?!?

And the experiment showed what happens to just a simple metal plane. Imagine the patterns that sound vibrations create in our 4-dimensional world of space and time…

Vibrations are everywhere atomic particles are. From the stone you skip across the surface of a pond, to the water itself, everything is vibrating on an atomic level. Those vibrations produce “sound.” Everything hums!

desert stonesConsider the psalmist’s chorus:

All the earth shall worship You, and sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name!

Perhaps this is more than just a metaphor. Perhaps all the earth, literally, with atomic vibration, sings praise to the Lord!

“If these keep silent,” Jesus said of the worshiping crowd, “the stones would immediately cry out!”

Recall how God created heaven and earth. Through His WORD…

… By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.  

God’s spoken words are sound waves. They make vibrations, vibrations with peaks and valleys that mix and meld and form patterns, patterns we see across the universe and in the cells that structure our bodies.

What does this have to do with leadership?

Just as God speaks His word to form the physical world, so He speaks His word to form His body, to shape us and move us into our rightful place. As each grain of salt aligns with the voice of the Lord–transformed by the renewing of our minds– together we form a beautiful, synchronized dwelling place for the Holy Spirit.

… you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Lord and Master Jesus Christ, I open my ears to hear Your sound. Lead me more fully into my place within Your body, Your kingdom pattern. All worship and awe to You, indescribable, uncontainable, untamable, all-powerful Creator! We fall to our knees and humbly proclaim, You are amazing!

Psalm 66:4; Matthew 5:13; Luke 19:40; Romans 12; Ephesians 4; Hebrews 11:3; I Peter 2:4-10

What are the three bottom-line attributes of a confident leader?

Healthy Leadership: Identity and Direction  

Strasbourg Cathedral, France

Strasbourg Cathedral, France

Jesus was a confident leader.

Of course He was. He was God!” some might say. “If I were God, I would be confident too!

But scripture makes clear that Jesus was God made flesh. He was God, but also a real human. He cried real tears; He felt real hunger; He desired real companionship at a needy time; He asked the Father to “take this cup away from Me…” though He submitted to God’s will.

If Jesus had wanted, He could have asked His Father for twelve legions of angels to fight for Him, and the Father would have done it. What gave Jesus the bold confidence to persevere, to trudge through torture and death in order to lead “many sons to glory” as the Captain of Salvation?

What gave Jesus the courage to stand up and teach at the Temple when He knew the religious rulers hunted His head?

What gave Him the unfounded courage to march straight through Samaria with His face set for Jerusalem?

What gave Him the iconoclastic tenacity, as the Lord and Master of the disciples, to strip Himself like a slave and wash His followers’ feet, without feeling embarrassed or out of line at all?

Where did this confidence come from?

John writes the simple truth just before the foot-washing scene (John 13:1,3):

1) Jesus knew He had come from the Father (He found His identity in intimate relationship with the Father)

2) Jesus knew the Father had given all things into His hands (He knew his responsibility and purpose)

3) Jesus knew He was going back to the Father (He knew His direction)

So how can we be confident leaders, able to lead in a healthy way, even in hard situations, able to lead as servants with humble, solid authority? We imitate Christ:

1) We find our Identity in the Father.
Embracing our identity as sons of Father God, other no longer intimidate or distract us. We don’t control or to try to prove our own leadership. We lead from a place of confident rest in the Father’s love for us and others.
2) We know the responsibility and purpose God gave us.
If we deeply understand the work that God gave to us and the people we lead, we can lead as Jesus did. Because it’s not “our” work, but God’s work, we lead fully confident in and submitted to the Father’s blessing on “the work of our hands” (Ps 90:17). We will find greater confidence in making decisions and moving forward each step of the way
3) We know where we are going.
Knowing that the work we accomplish as ambassadors for Christ will produce the reward of eternal fruit in the presence of God, we’re less tempted to flounder or give up.

It sounds good on paper, but in real life, it’s hard! Yes, It’s a life-long journey. The only way is through spending time in intimate fellowship with the Father, seeking to know Him, finding our identity in Him, and His purpose for our lives and leadership. For more in-depth understanding and guidance for this journey, you may refer to the following resources:

Healthy Leadership, Identity and Direction, MP3 Download, Keith Yoder, MP3 or CD

Healthy Leaders: How to Develop a Clear Sense of Identity and Direction, Keith Yoder, Book or E-book

- Patricia Tillman, taken from Keith Yoder’s Healthy Leadership, Identity and Direction, MP3, #1: Individuality 

Psalm 90:17; Isaiah 30:15; Matthew 26:28, 53; Luke 9:51-56; John 13; I Corinthians 11:1; Hebrews 2:10

One Way to Full Satisfaction… Scrip Pic

Face to face

Enough said!

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time
are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
For the earnest expectation of the creation
eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
- Romans 8:18-19, NKJV
,,,and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be,
but we know that when He is revealed,
we shall be like Him,
for we shall see Him as He is.
- I John 3:2, NKJV


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Embarking on a Journey with Presence-Based Leadership

New Direction for Keith Yoder

Wild roses and Irises, La Farge

Wild roses and Irises, La Farge

“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