Category: Church Stuff
I watched Diana Nyad recently tell the story of her historical swim from Cuba to Florida. It was an inspiring story and she shared a few of the reasons that allowed her to accomplish a feat many tried before her, but all met with failure. Here are a few of the “strategies” she mentioned.
Diana praised her “world class” team for protecting her from everything from killer jelly fish to sharks and pushing her further than she ever dreamed. It’s not a secret that bringing the best team with you will push you!
Look for those who can push you the most in what God has for you, not just those who will tell you you’re doing great, when in fact you are about to drown.
Say what you want about the large bearded man rockin the Wooley Mammoth suit and carrying that big beatin stick, but he knows how to survive!
We can learn something from our caveman cousin about the art of surviving and growing in some difficult situations… Like, church! I see four skills the caveman developed that would be of great value to church leaders…
We’ve all seen dogs that chase cars. It’s funny they like to try and catch up with a car going 40 mph and bark and growl like they really have a chance of catching it.
As pastors and leaders, we’re all guilty of trying to catch something that is simply going too fast. I’m not saying we shouldn’t have big God goals and visions, but they have to be based on what we KNOW He wants to do around and through us.
2 things about chasing “cars” as a leader…
“Everything has its own time…” Ecc 3.1
I’ve quoted that verse to others and, quite a few times, to myself. Most often it’s to answer the question why didn’t things turn out the way we had hoped.
When we face disappointments like that, one area of our life that can take a blow is our passion.
I’ve found when my passion and energy are running low, a few bold moves need to be taken. Now, apart from the obvious… we need to be on our faces before God, we need to establish a laser focus so we aren’t spreading the energy and enthusiasm too thin and zapping our own passion.
Try these Bold Moves…
A bad system is better than no system at all.
I love what I heard Andy Stanley said once, “Your system is perfectly suited for the results you’re getting.” It’s quite easy to have no system and therefore have practically no results. So, a bad system that produces “bad” results is at least a place to start and measure it’s success.
I’ve helped train 100’s of pastors through The Sticks Network, and one thing that consistently sticks out in my mind is how few leaders and churches have systems in place for the most vital parts of their church.