Sunday, February 17, 2008

Leadership & Management

1 Thessalonians begins with a recap of the church's previous experiences with Paul and other missionaries. People and organizations are built upon foundational experiences.

Then Paul explains the process that led Timothy to return to them. Founders (of congregations or businesses or other endeavors) are wise to follow up with their "children" to make sure they're on the right track. Specific feedback encourages healthy growth.

Finally, Paul clarifies some of the details of Jesus' return to earth. This is what Stephen Covey calls Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind.

This letter is an excellent example of leadership and management in the classical world.

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