Orange Session: Andy Stanley

Friday Morning we heard from Andy Stanley on that “One Thing” we should be communicating to our church staff. As a leader of staff, I’ve listened to Andy teach on this for years. To say a message like this resonates with me, is a egregious understatement. Love, love, love this truth dedicated to the leaders of our church.

Not So Among You

One Thing that drives healthy staff culture. // and it works in Your family too.

Mark 10:32-37, 41 // Jesus is asked by the disciples for more favor.

42-43 || not so with you.  //  Whoever wants to be great (and it’s ok to want to be great), must become a servant and slave of all.

45 || Even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Healthy and Productive staff cultures are defined by Mutual Submission.

Mutual Submission: I’m here to facilitate your success wherever you and I are on the org chart. Our jobs are different, but we are both essential to the success of the organization.

  • Everyone is equally essential.

The question mutual submission asks: “How can I help?”


  • The lie of “Annointing”
  • The triangle setup on org chart will never see Mutual Submission.

Our leadership style is dictated by this : Even the son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.  

Anointing is not emphasized in NT, it’s all service and serving.

Are the reserved parking spots necessary, really?

  • Do for one what you wish you could do for anyone.
    • The myth that if we do for one we have to do everyone. We don’t!
    • Jesus often only healed the one out of a crowd of many.
  • Systematic top-down method of service.
    • How can I leverage what I’m good at to facilitate the success of others?
  • Create and maintain a sustainable pace.
    • Lack of sustainable pace kills service for others.
  • Celebrate and reward mutual submission.
    • Look for ways to foster this on your team.
    • What’s rewarded is repeated.
      • What’s punished is avoided.
  • Confront your EGO.
    • If you view your staff as only being there to facilitate your success.
    • If your gonna lead this way, then at least admit it to them.
  • Drop the term loyalty from your vocabulary.
    • Not a fruit of the spirit.
    • Anyone who demands loyalty, has a loyalty problem.
      • Jesus just says, “Follow me.” yet always reminded people they could leave when they wanted.

How can I help?

Inviting yourself into their world instead of asking them to serve your world.  

How I react to this glorification determines the path I’ll be on.

God looks at Eternity and asked, “How can I help?”


Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they've adventurously grown their family with two sons and a daughter.

Jonathan is currently the Groups Life Pastor at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, TN, where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. Having served in the local church for 12 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big leadership steps with their families.

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