It's crazy, but I watched an ambush my son was in on www.Youtube.com. It was shot from the Humvee in front of them. It begins something like this, "They been hit! We have got to go back!!!" Lots of 50 Cal machine gun fire. The rest of the video is fill with colorful language, gun fire and a young 19 or 20 year old shouting our commands. I don't think he is in charge, but he certainly took charge. You really can't see anything, but chaos. However, you hear it all. When the video ends you see two Humvees; one in the road the other in a field. The one in the field had been hit by a RPG. My son was in that one. On the other side of the Humvee he is in a defensive position between the driver and the ambush, the driver is injured and on the ground, the medic (another hero) is busy saving another life.
I talked to my son about this guy today. I told him how much I respected, appreciate, and like this guy. My son told me that when the chips were down this was the guy that would take the fight to the enemy. There is no question that he's the kind of guy that has your back. What was already bad could have been worst if it hadn't been for this guy. He could have kept going. He could have hesitated. He could have gotten confused. But instead he took charge and took the fight to the enemy. When these brave warriors get home I'm going to buy this guy a big steak...I can't wait to look him in the eye and say "Son, you are a hero!"
When it comes to church planting we are in a war...in that war are many battles...much is at stake. Each time a church is planted with missional impact ground is taken, strongholds are broken, and people are set free. With such a clear objective we need that guy and we can be that guy. As leaders we must have the backs of those we lead...As one that follows we must have the back of those who lead us. It's this kind of back to back that produces trust. Trust is the glue that not only holds teams together, but galvanizes them.
Make a commitment today...or a re-commitment to be that guy. "We have got to go back...we have got to go back". I love that guy.