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Month: January 2014

3 Reasons You need to Drive the Staff Crazy

CRAZYSTAFFRecently I made a statement in hearing shot of one of our staff pastors. I said, “I’m driving the staff crazy!” He said, at least you’re driving bro, we don’t like it when you’re not driving.

More encouraging words could not have been spoken to me. You see, last year was a healing year for me, after a tremendously difficult emotional battle, I’m fully engaged again after what seems like an eternity.

When I was down emotionally, I didn’t have the passion or vision to lead and certainly not lead well. “Driving” is not a negative word, in this context, driving is the crazy, electrified atmosphere when there’s controlled chaos for Kingdom growth.

I think when a leader is driving they are leading well, I think when you drive like that you produce three things…

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3-Vital Parts of Your Vision

VISIONI teach a leadership class at our church and the assignment for this past week was “Write your personal mission statement.”

As you can imagine, everyone wanted to love God, read their Bible more and win the world for Jesus.

All good, but not very personal.

Then we moved on to writing a vision statement for your church, ministry or organization. I found three helpful tools that really helped clarify a vision for an individual or organization.

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3 5-Minute Church Changers

churchchangeers5- Minute Prayer

Whenever you meet together as a church, team or staff- Pray! I know most of you do, but I’m talking about just a quick five minute “Huddle” where you ask…

  • What’s the win for today?
  • What’s our biggest challenge?
  • What are we expecting God to do?

Let me give you an example. We began this several months back. We meet every morning, including Sundays at 7:55 for 5 minutes. We answer those three questions and then pray. You will be amazed at how much unity and power comes through this practice.

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The 2 Identifying Traits of A Jesus Follower

TRAITSJohn the Baptist sent two of disciples to ask Jesus if He was the One…

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: (Matthew 11:4 NKJV)

Jesus goes on to list all of the miraculous things done at his hand and by his voice and tell them that He preaches the Gospel.

Well, we are commanded to be Like Jesus in all that we do, to model His life of service, love and…well, the miraculous.

Honestly I don’t really know how to deal with that.  I have never healed a leper or raised the dead. But, I am asking God to give me the faith and humility to walk as He walked and to love as He loved. So my question becomes…

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5 Essential Tools for Every Productive Pastor

PRODUCTIVEAs pastors, there’s always a lot on our plate. We change hats and capes constantly. I’ve found that being skilled and gifted is not enough, it’s also about finding ways for your gifts to have the greatest impact.

1- Electronic Bible reading (You Version)

In the age of instant share technology, we have the ability to record our thoughts and observations in Scripture with a swipe of our finger.

I know some feel they really need to hold the Bible in their hand while reading, that’s cool, but realize you’re greatly limited yourself in the speed and ability to capture those verses and inspirations quickly and effectively.

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