Posed by Joy Wong
It’s been my observation that no matter how great or glorious the institution, the higher up you go in leadership, the more ugliness you see. Ugliness in terms of power plays, decision-making, or just the general muck that comes with politics. At the same time, it seems that no matter how bad it gets in the upper realms of leadership, the “end-users” such as students, parishioners, etc. may actually be quite happy with the institution and may be getting what they need, whether it be a good education, spiritual growth or nourishment, etc.
As we rise up in leadership, we’re bound to witness, and perhaps run into, ugly politics. How do you keep your joy amidst the ugliness, as well as a sense of purpose and fulfillment in ministry?
Joy Wong has an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, a BA in English from Princeton University, as well as four years’ experience in industrial distribution management. She is a contributing author to Mirrored Reflections: Reframing Biblical Characters, published in September 2010. Joy and her husband live in Pasadena, California and attend New City Church of Los Angeles.
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