Among our leadership, there is what a term used as a part of our “leadership culture”. This term is called a “strategic post”. A strategic post is defined as a post within the fellowship, directed by a member of leadership, for the purpose of one or both of the following: 1) to conduct research by survey; and or 2) to encourage the fellowship with to respond to a question that strategically causes them to think of ways to better themselves as ministers.
Why would leadership be interested in this approach?
The answer is for at least two reasons:
1) We want to collect information by means of a survey. For example we may conduct a survey to determine key factors that would help us become better servants to the ministry related needs of our members.
2) We want to guide the Body of Christ to reach for higher levels of their own development. Further explanation if this reason is below.
"Jesus sought to transform the way people thought about God, about life, themselves and the world around them. By his teaching he sought to develop a consciousness based on the kingdom of God." (Jesus’ Questions, Lee Wanak, p. 168).
Just as a side note: For those who would like to research this concept deeper, it runs very similar to the method of Socratic Questioning.
Moving along, as leaders we have an obligation to the personal development of the Body of Christ. However, this cannot be accomplished without the permission of those who are to be developed. Often people are not willing to be "taught" -especially in matters that they already believe they know so well like the Bible. Here is how it usually takes place on the discussion board (DB):
1) Most of our members see themselves as teachers
2) One member attempts to share something from the Word
3) They then receive all sorts of responses with some very argumentative
4) The outcome is frustration and misunderstandings
This all could have been avoided if the member did not "sound like a teacher". Many minsters are prideful (but they do not realize it). When someone sounds like a teacher, a subconscious reaction takes place within them to "set the record straight with the truth". Herein, is the beauty of using questions to teach.
When people communicate all sorts of filtering takes place. Internally they begin asking themselves whether the like, dislike, trust, respect, etc. the person communicating. For this reason, people are rarely objective and all of the sender’s messages must be filtered through the audiences opinions. However, when a question is asked it can be disarming. Properly asked questions have the potential to bypass a multitude of biases and opinions.
Even more beautiful is the way that questions can teach things without saying them. Then when learning takes place, the recipient feels like they played a role in the newly found knowledge. This means that they are much more likely to "own" and "trust" the new attitude shaped by the information. "Transformative learning takes place when there is an internal shift in our frame of reference." (Jesus’ Questions, Lee Wanak, p. 169).
Consider the power of this question:
"What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" -Jesus
There are a hundred sermons that can be preached from this single one sentence question… In this question the "frame of reference" is the world, and the "shift" is toward the soul. Jesus challenges us here to consider the value of our souls to amounting to more than all of the wealth in the world.