Okay, I admit it. I am an entrepreneur. I can't leave well enough alone. If I am passionate about it, and it's not being done, then I nominate myself and get to it. If that weren't true, I wouldn't be three years into a church plant.
There is a delicate balance between entrepreneurial passion and arrogance. On bad days, I get to thinking I'm smarter than the next guy and if I really put my mind to it, I can come up with something better.
Recently, a coach of mine helped me to see that entrepreneurship is in part an exercise in this kind of creativity, but it is also more than that. It is also a ruthless commitment to leading others in the getting of things done. Getting things done with a group of people requires training and supporting them in working a repeatable, reliable process. I am learning slowly that entrepreneurs don't have to invent (or re-invent) everything.
This is where I get tripped up. On a bad day, I think I have to come up with every process. I don't. I can perfectly well implement processes other people have proven effective--I don't have to rethink everything, redesign everything from scratch, come up with all the content on my own. If entrepreneurs do that, they get bogged down and never actually lead anybody to get things done.
I am facing this balance right now. We are looking at a proven process (called Alpha) for taking a group of people who are asking questions about God and lead them toward finding their own answers in Jesus. The question for me? Can I integrate it into the life of Cascade Hills without feeling like I have to reinvent everything? Can I creatively implement a turnkey process? Can I get past the process itself and just mobilize people in making it work? We'll see.