The juxtaposition of Gary Kamaal's November 28th entry and Pieter Messelink's recent entry stirs me to write. What appears to me to be an important factor, (correct me if I'm wrong), via Peter Senge is to have a "capacity to see and work with the flow of life as a system." Senge writes, "Leaders of learning organizations are responsible for building organizations where people continually expand their capabilities to understand complexity, clarify vision, and improve shared mental models. More precisely leaders are responsible for learning." [The Fifth Discipline] Chris Argyris speaks of "reflective openness."
When I read Gary Kamaal's entries, I believe he has a real handle on what learning organizations are. However, as I believe he points out; we have a different stage. It is no longer local. I would add, no longer even easy to determine what set of values we should espouse that can be heard and enhance growth. Reflective openness within a local environment promotes learning. I question our ability to do attain this growth outside our limited understanding we have as humans on a world stage. Can we have enough compassion and understanding of cultures and languages that are so different than ours? Can we as leaders mold disciples to that extent by our own local lights and understanding of who God is and who we are in God? Can "reflective openness" really happen via our limited understandings, when we have at least 4 different formulas for sanctification, at least 4 different formulas of the end times, 4 or 5 ways on how we think we ought to listen to the Holy Spirit, many different formulas in how we interpret Scripture, many different ideas in how to interpret Spiritual gifts. I can't help but reflect on the fact that we have had a global stage for some years now and in that time I read that statistically, Christianity overall is fairly stagnant and, I believe, has been for at least a century. Since it is God who grows the Church...what might He be saying to us via this stagnation? I have wondered if God is telling us that we need to judge less whether our interpretations of Scripture and how's an what nots of growing a disciple are according to God's will; but consider more how to be united on love so God can work us better from inside out, instead of outside in. I wonder if we have to give God more room to guide us. Maybe our efforts would be more fruitful in teaching young Christian's how to listen to God, and how to reflect over Scripture to hear God's principals for their life and learn from God more directly. Maybe it's about bringing God more into our Learning Organization.