Leadership Skills Used in Industry and Ministry, Chip Woods
Certain leadership skills that are found in industry can also be applied to Lutheran congregations. In the space industry there is a saying: “Test Like You Fly.” This means you want to test a spacecraft in a way that replicates as much as possible what the spacecraft will experience once in space. Yet, it is understood that even when testing in this manner, engineers and pilots must take a “leap of faith” that the spacecraft will function like planned once in space.
As stated in the Gospel of St. Matthew, the Great Commission gives the Church a focus. We are to proclaim the gospel to the faithful, to pursue the straying, and to attempt to reach the lost. We plan our best ministry efforts. But then there is a “leap of faith.” We pray that our plans would work out as we hoped. But our trust is in the Holy Spirit to use our efforts to carry out his perfect will.
This breakout session will dive deeper into certain leadership skills and abilities that are developed and matured in industry but can also be used for Christ’s glory in gospel ministry.
- Communication: As in industry, communication is key in leading a congregation. This session will discuss techniques and examples on communication with the goal of building and strengthening relationships.
- Quick Decisions: Empowering people to make decisions at the level work is being performed increases the speed in which a decision is made. Empowering and equipping congregational members to do ministry in their communities and congregations and serve one another without requesting guidance or permission from church leaders is powerful.
- Servant Attitude and Humble Heart: Leaders that foster humility and a servant attitude, both in industry and congregations, demonstrate that they value others, seek to understand other points of view, see themselves as a work in progress, and are open to new ideas.
Chip has over thirty years experience in the space industry working with Lockheed Martin. The majority of his career focused on the human spaceflight industry. In 2006 Chip was a key participant in Lockheed Martin winning the NASA Orion project, a multi-billion-dollar development contract to replace the Space Shuttle. In 2019 Chip led a team to secure the Orion Production contract to support NASA’s vision of building multiple Orion spacecraft to establish deep space human exploration architecture on the moon.
Chip has a unique set of leadership, technical, and business skills, gained through formal education (industrial engineering and masters of business administration) and hands-on experience. The space industry recently nominated Chip for the 2022 Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA). The Stellar award is recognized as a national award across all human spaceflight industry as the best of the best.
Chip has also served in many leadership roles at the WELS corporate level as well as his home congregation Zion Lutheran Church and School in Denver Colo. Since 2020, Chip has represented the Nebraska District as layman on the Synodical Council. In addition, Chip is currently serving as vice president to over three-hundred communicant members at his home congregation. In 2007 through 2015 Chip was elected president at Zion Lutheran Church and School where he led many initiatives. Chip also served as Zion’s treasurer from 2016 through 2018.