Early the next morning, 8 AM eastern time, I returned the call, and, of course, got Josh’s voice mail, but Joshua DuBois soon called me back and quickly asked if I would accept President Obama’s appointment to his Advisory Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. I quickly answered, “I would be honored.” He then asked if I could be at the first administrative meeting and gave me the dates. I said I’d be there and that was the extent of the call. I soon got lots more information by email about the meeting arrangements and travel arrangements, but nothing that really explained what the purpose of the group was.
It is unlike me not to ask, I am always asking, the question, “What is our purpose, what are the goals?” I am always asking, “What’s the best thing that can come from this?” But in this case, the President of the
Clear the calendar I’m going to DC. That was a year ago. Now we are getting ready to put the finishing touches on more than 50 recommendations to the president next month and almost all of them have wide spread agreement. In the few places we don’t have complete consensus, we have found way to agree to disagree. In the weeks to come I’ll share more about the results of the year. In the meantime, ask yourself, would you serve? And if so how would you lead and what would you say?