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Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni

Getting Naked is a book about relationships. In particular it is about building sticky and loyal relationships.  Even more particularly it is about consulting relationships. Our professional lives rise and fall upon the nature and strength of our relationships, yet we spend very little time thinking about them.  We worry about them, obsess about them, but rarely reflect on their nature.  Things get even more complicated when we have different types of relationships with the same people.  We can be their manager on one project and a consultant on another.  Being clear on what hat we are wearing is really helpful!  This is especially true for Pastors.  A Pastor is a leader, a consultant, a teacher, a preacher, an administrator, and a pastor.  There are many other roles as well.  In “Getting Naked” Patrick Lencioni gives us a fable about consulting relationships.  It is engaging and very useful in an unexpected way. Thinking about consulting relationships will help Pastor’s embrace the “New DNA” by helping them think clearly about their role as consultant to their congregation.

The “New DNA” is a phrase that is becoming common in discussions around church planting and growth. The “New DNA” is really the Ancient Understanding of the role of Pastors and the role of Laity. The New DNA is all about Ephesians 4:11-13.

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

One of the challenges that Pastors face is owning a different model of relationship in their role as leader and preacher. It is difficult to live the New DNA if your self identity is rooted in the Old DNA. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that most clergy work alone. They have no one to show them new models. In this book Patrick Lencioni shows how he learned to be a different kind of consultant. I think that if clergy thought of themselves as consultants to their laity they would more fully embrace the New DNA. The Role of a Pastor is in part “to prepare God’s people for works of service”. That is what consultants do. Consultants do not own the work. Pastors do not own the work. The work belongs to God’s people. This book is an easy read. It is a story. A fable if you will. This book will be helpful for Pastors and anyone else who find themselves in a role as teacher or mentor to others. Buy it for yourself or for a pastor friend. And now, here is a video of Patrick Lencioni about his new book.