A “possibilist” is a leader who is willing to do whatever they can to make the world a better place. They recognize and utilize both the good and bad as fuel to move forward and bring sustainable change to the world around them.
One of my favorite examples of a “possibilist” leader was my dear friend Jim Byh. Jim passed away in 2016, but spent his life helping us take God’s Word to unreached areas of Africa. Shortly before he passed, he cast vision for what we now call theLumière Project – a movement to plant more than 3,300 churches to reach millions of children with God’s Word. He knew there would be difficulties, but was more confident in the opportunities that existed. Five years later, we have carried out Jim’s vision, planting more than 2,200 churches in 11 countries. Children are being reached through these new church plants and families and communities are being changed.
This “possibilist” worldview is possible, but it takes work. Developing this worldview requires an honest and careful examination of reality. Are there problems? Absolutely. Is progress being made? Also yes.
So – how do you view the world? Are you a “possibilist”? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, you are headed in the right direction of a “possibilist” worldview.
Do I think progress is possible but not easy?
Do I see things as they are but not get discouraged?
Am I unwilling to look away from problems that move me?
Am I willing to do what I can to make my world a better place?