There is a saying in politics that “perception is everything.” Even if the perception is not based on truth, it will determine how one’s words and actions are received. If you want to influence people to follow you, it would be wise to always be sensitive to how we are being perceived, and make necessary adjustments when needed.
This past August, CCO unveiled its ten year vision: “Protagonists in the mission to proclaim Jesus clearly and simply.” It is a very exciting and timely vision that we believe will have a lasting impact on the mission of the Church. The vision’s effectiveness will be determined by how many choose to become protagonists in this mission to proclaim Jesus clearly and simply. In the early days of the soft launch of this vision, I quickly learned that we may be dealing with a perception problem. There is an impression among friends of the movement that, in our desire or commitment to be protagonists (leading characters), we are taking attention away from the real protagonist, who is Jesus. My quick response would be to say that we are protagonists in the MISSION to proclaim JESUS… Because our intention is to influence and raise up protagonists, my energy should not be focused on re-stating the obvious truth. The vision would be well served by us being aware of this perception, and with charity and humility bringing understanding and clarity to all those associated with the movement.
With this possible perception problem in mind, I intend to spend time over the next year gaining much-needed insight on this bold and intentional word “protagonist.” Each week, I am going to send out a simple blog expressing what I am learning from others about the true meaning and potential of being a protagonist.