I recently had the fun experience of hearing Bob Goff speak at the Orange Conference. At some point during his wonderful, wandering, wacky message he told the story of taking his grandchild to Sea World and sitting in the “splash zone” during a Shamu show.
His story got me thinking about Leadership; and the fact that we all have a personal “splash zone”. Our decisions, actions, attitudes, healthy and unhealthy leadership interactions “splash” onto others; especially those closest to us…the people who live day-to-day in our splash zone. Here are just a few people who find themselves in my splash zone:
- My wife
- My Kids
- My close friends
- The team I lead at Church
- The other Pastor’s I work with at church
- The students in our ministry
- People who read this blog
- Men and women in the Youth Ministry Nation I get the privilege of rubbing shoulders with
Your Splash Zone list would probably look similar. The question isn’t “Do I Have a Splash Zone”, but rather “What, exactly, am I splashing people with?” (that’s probably not the best way to phrase that question, but you get the point!) As I leader, I am splashing people all the time….but with what?
- The residue of my knee-jerk reactions?
- Servant heartedness?
As a leader, people are either rushing toward a seat in your splash zone or sprinting the other direction! And it’s almost always determined by what they find themselves soaked in after being around you.
Question for you today: How does your Splash Zone effect the junior high ministry you lead?