I taught my sons to fly a kite the other day. It was a beautiful Sunday morning and the wind was just right for it. They are old enough to know how a kite should fly but not old enough to have flown a kite themselves, which means that their understanding of how to fly a kite was completely wrong.
When you watch someone fly a kite, what you see is a hand holding the string and a kite flying high up in the air. It is not clear from indoors what the mechanism for flight is, and it is easy when you are learning to try to find the wind and misread its direction, sending your kite in a tail-spin into the ground.
The trick to flying a kite is to find the wind and then work against it. You might think that flying a kite requires working with the wind, but it is actually the force of the wind blowing against the kite that creates the lift that sends it upward into the air.
Why am I telling you this?
Because I think kite flying might be an example of church leadership and its current…