Rubber Bands…

Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 (NASB)

Rubber Bands and Shoelaces

CoachNet: Developing Leaders, August 2003

One Christian leader has said that the ministry can be summarized by rubber bands and shoelaces.

Rubber bands are designed to stretch. We need to stretch people enough to challenge them, but not so much that they snap. Finding just the right amount of stretch is one of the challenges leaders face. This amount will vary from person to person, and is to some degree a function of style or personality. Some will thrive on a huge challenge, others desire to be guided through the process step-by-step, but most need something in between. As leaders, we need to find the right fit for people, challenging but not overwhelming them.

Shoelaces are designed to connect. The function of a leader is to tie the laces appropriately, connecting people according to their needs: connecting brand new believers with experienced Christians, connecting leaders with resources, connecting people with similar ministries together in teams. Shoelaces tie people together. When shoes are laced and tied, they fit well.

As leaders, we stretch people and tie them together as a means of support. We challenge them enough to keep them growing and connect them with others to provide encouragement and help as they continue on their journey.