You speak of strategy (I once heard a pastor say ‘We have to strategize for the Gospel’…I kid you not), big goals, winning the world, dynamic vision- in their place all good things; but you miss the little people. Worse still, you mentally see ‘them’ as ‘the little people’; they should be following your vision (which after all is God’s) and obeying. Even though you preach things like ‘God is interested in our uniqueness’, ‘all are precious’ etc, you only really socialise/see as equals others who have big goals.
Many of us face this temptation if we are in full time ministry; searching out and seeking only those who will give us reflected honour. It’s a human nature thing; I am driving to see a friend and I curse slow drivers and the cashier at the petrol station who took too long to serve me…’little people’ just get in the way. Here is a self-deprecating example from another blog http://bishopalan.blogspot.com/:-
‘Once upon a time an Urban PCC in theSouth of England was interviewing candidates for the post of Vicar. One willowy Anglo-Catholic youth made a big pitch for a shift up the candle — recalling the grand tradition of Anglo-Catholic slum clergy he said “what this place needs isn’t a leader, but a Priest!” Stirring stuff… until, quarter of an hour later a local bag lady with a skinful of cider but a heart of gold, crashed through the doors crowing, as was her wont, her signature line – “Help! I need a Priest!” Willowy Anglo-Catholic youth disappeared to the Toilet. He did not get the job’.
Part of the current issue with the camp outside St Paul’s in London seems to me to be that the church leaders in that place have forgotten the little people; running a major tourist attraction and networking with the movers and shakers (neither of which are wrong) has become so seductive that the real reasons for being there have been forgotten….the inconvenient truth of little people has got in the way.
Possible remedy: why not talk to and appreciate people you want to rush past today? Why not be still and remember: ‘I am also little, I am also insignificant’. Or why not make friends with someone who can give you nothing back? Jesus tended to do this….I know it is not much of a career option but it didn’t seem much like one 2000 years back- hopefully you won’t get crucified though…..