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April 2014

 

What Does A Leader Do?

In Nelson Searcy’s book, The Renegade Pastor, he says there are four components of leading well:
You must (1) continue learning, (2) be eager to engage, (3) be quick to anticipate, and (4) make wise decisions.

A simple acronym to help you remember these four tenants of leadership: Learn, Engage, Anticipate, and Decide.

First, leaders are learners. If you aren’t continually learning, you will put a self-imposed “lid” on your ministry. 

Second, leaders are eager to engage with other people. If you don’t stay engaged with people, you will lose your feel for the “pulse” of the congregation.

Third, leaders anticipate. As a leader you should always be thinking ahead of everyone else. The ability to anticipate is what separates average leaders from excellent leaders.

Finally, leaders are deciders.  You have to make decisions that are in the best interest of those you lead, which is not always as easy as it sounds.

As you think through these four tenants of strong leadership:

Learn
Engage
Anticipate
Decide

Keep your calling in mind.  When you became a minister, you became a leader.  I have confidence that the God who called you will provide equipping opportunities and resources to enable you to lead well.

Thanks for your partnership.  Together we are building the Kingdom of God in Virginia!

Blessings,
Bishop Corder

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EVANGELIZING

5 Ways to Make a Huge Impact on Easter Sunday by By Hal Seed

Article Excerpt:

Here are some quick hits on Vision:

  • Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint (Proverbs 29:18)
  • Without vision: family members eat separately in their own rooms; churches argue; companies only have employees
  • "Without vision, people will define their own vision and the loudest voice will prevail."
  • Vision unifies us around a preferred future; a future that can’t be accomplished by myself.
  • Great leaders cast a clear, concise and compelling vision.
  • "If your vision doesn't scare you, then both your vision and your God are too small." - Brother Andrew
  • For vision to to motivate it must connect on 3 levels:
    1) Mind-to-Mind – Vision is strategic. While your vision may be, as Jim Collins says, "big, hairy and audacious," people have to believe that it is attainable. When you connect, it becomes “OUR PLAN” and people give their resources.
    2) Heart to Heart – Vision is passionate. When people see you, they see, feel and taste the vision. It becomes something you were created for and are willing to die for. When you
    connect, it becomes “OUR DESIRE” and people give their life.
    3) Soul-to-Soul – Vision is personal. It comes from God but it permeates your life. A calling. A confidence that IT will be accomplished. When you connect, it becomes “OUR CALLING” and people take responsibility.
  • Winston Churchill believed that leadership's foundation was vision. He had five tools he used when he got ready to communicate vision. Here they are:

    TOOL ONE: STRONG BEGINNING (CAPTURE THEIR ATTENTION)
    TOOL TWO: ONE THEME (STAY FOCUSED)
    TOOL THREE: SIMPLE LANGUAGE (EASY TO UNDERSTAND)
    TOOL FOUR: WORD PICTURES: (STORIES AND ILLUSTRATIONS)
    TOOL FIVE: EMOTIONAL ENDING (A COMPELLING CONCLUSION)
  • And take this poem by Sir Francis Drake to heart:

    Disturb us, Lord, when
    We are too well pleased with ourselves,
    When our dreams have come true
    Because we have dreamed too little,
    When we arrived safely
    Because we sailed too close to the shore.

    Disturb us, Lord, when
    With the abundance of things we possess
    We have lost our thirst
    For the waters of life;
    Having fallen in love with life,
    We have ceased to dream of eternity
    And in our efforts to build a new earth,
    We have allowed our vision
    Of the new Heaven to dim.

    Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
    To venture on wider seas
    Where storms will show your mastery;
    Where losing sight of land,
    We shall find the stars.

    We ask You to push back
    The horizons of our hopes;
    And to push into the future
    In strength, courage, hope, and love.
- See more at: http://www.ministrybestpractices.com/2008/07/cliff-notes-on-vision.html#sthash.Dn79HnH3.dpuf


Easter is the Super Bowl of Christianity. More people come to church on Easter than any other day.  More people come to Christ on Easter than any other day. It’s the day we put forth our best effort.

Here are five suggestions for making this your best Easter service ever:
  1. Dress up the décor.
  2. Include a meal.  Easter guests are the hardest to assimilate. Slow them down by offering lunch afterward.
  3. Throw a party.  People like to party around the holidays. Provide them one by hiring in jumpies and other inflatables.
  4. Entice with eggs.  Years ago I did a survey of our pre-Christian neighbors and discovered they were more likely to attend Easter services if their kids could participate in an Easter egg hunt.
  5. Teach on location.  Want to really impress the guests? Take a camera to Israel and film part, or all of your sermon on location.
Hal is the Founding Pastor of New Song Church in Oceanside, CA. New Song has helped launch a church planting movement that has planted 163,000 churches in the past fifteen years.

Source: churchleaders.com

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EQUIPPING

Cliff Notes on Vision  (Source: Ministrybestpractices.com)

Article Excerpt:

Here are some quick hits on Vision:

  • Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint (Proverbs 29:18)
  • Without vision: family members eat separately in their own rooms; churches argue; companies only have employees
  • "Without vision, people will define their own vision and the loudest voice will prevail."
  • Vision unifies us around a preferred future; a future that can’t be accomplished by myself.
  • Great leaders cast a clear, concise and compelling vision.
  • "If your vision doesn't scare you, then both your vision and your God are too small." - Brother Andrew
  • For vision to to motivate it must connect on 3 levels:
    1) Mind-to-Mind – Vision is strategic. While your vision may be, as Jim Collins says, "big, hairy and audacious," people have to believe that it is attainable. When you connect, it becomes “OUR PLAN” and people give their resources.
    2) Heart to Heart – Vision is passionate. When people see you, they see, feel and taste the vision. It becomes something you were created for and are willing to die for. When you
    connect, it becomes “OUR DESIRE” and people give their life.
    3) Soul-to-Soul – Vision is personal. It comes from God but it permeates your life. A calling. A confidence that IT will be accomplished. When you connect, it becomes “OUR CALLING” and people take responsibility.
  • Winston Churchill believed that leadership's foundation was vision. He had five tools he used when he got ready to communicate vision. Here they are:

    TOOL ONE: STRONG BEGINNING (CAPTURE THEIR ATTENTION)
    TOOL TWO: ONE THEME (STAY FOCUSED)
    TOOL THREE: SIMPLE LANGUAGE (EASY TO UNDERSTAND)
    TOOL FOUR: WORD PICTURES: (STORIES AND ILLUSTRATIONS)
    TOOL FIVE: EMOTIONAL ENDING (A COMPELLING CONCLUSION)
  • And take this poem by Sir Francis Drake to heart:

    Disturb us, Lord, when
    We are too well pleased with ourselves,
    When our dreams have come true
    Because we have dreamed too little,
    When we arrived safely
    Because we sailed too close to the shore.

    Disturb us, Lord, when
    With the abundance of things we possess
    We have lost our thirst
    For the waters of life;
    Having fallen in love with life,
    We have ceased to dream of eternity
    And in our efforts to build a new earth,
    We have allowed our vision
    Of the new Heaven to dim.

    Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
    To venture on wider seas
    Where storms will show your mastery;
    Where losing sight of land,
    We shall find the stars.

    We ask You to push back
    The horizons of our hopes;
    And to push into the future
    In strength, courage, hope, and love.
- See more at: http://www.ministrybestpractices.com/2008/07/cliff-notes-on-vision.html#sthash.Dn79HnH3.dpuf

Here are some quick hits on Vision:
  • Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint (Proverbs 29:18).
  • Without vision: family members eat separately in their own rooms; churches argue; companies only have employees.
  • "Without vision, people will define their own vision and the loudest voice will prevail."
  • Vision unifies us around a preferred future; a future that can’t be accomplished by myself.
  • Great leaders cast a clear, concise and compelling vision.
  • "If your vision doesn't scare you, then both your vision and your God are too small." - Brother Andrew
  • For vision to motivate it must connect on 3 levels:
  1. Mind-to-Mind – Vision is strategic. While your vision may be, as Jim Collins says, "big, hairy and audacious," people have to believe that it is attainable. When you connect, it becomes “OUR PLAN” and people give their resources.
  2. Heart to Heart – Vision is passionate. When people see you, they see, feel and taste the vision. It becomes something you were created for and are willing to die for. When you connect, it becomes “OUR DESIRE” and people give their life.
  3. Soul-to-Soul – Vision is personal. It comes from God but it permeates your life. A calling. A confidence that IT will be accomplished. When you connect, it becomes “OUR CALLING” and people take responsibility.
Winston Churchill believed that leadership's foundation was vision. He had five tools he used when he got ready to communicate vision. Here they are:
  • TOOL ONE: STRONG BEGINNING (CAPTURE THEIR ATTENTION)
  • TOOL TWO: ONE THEME (STAY FOCUSED)
  • TOOL THREE: SIMPLE LANGUAGE (EASY TO UNDERSTAND)
  • TOOL FOUR: WORD PICTURES: (STORIES AND ILLUSTRATIONS)
  • TOOL FIVE: EMOTIONAL ENDING (A COMPELLING CONCLUSION)

Here are some quick hits on Vision:

  • Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint (Proverbs 29:18)
  • Without vision: family members eat separately in their own rooms; churches argue; companies only have employees
  • "Without vision, people will define their own vision and the loudest voice will prevail."
  • Vision unifies us around a preferred future; a future that can’t be accomplished by myself.
  • Great leaders cast a clear, concise and compelling vision.
  • "If your vision doesn't scare you, then both your vision and your God are too small." - Brother Andrew
  • For vision to to motivate it must connect on 3 levels:
    1) Mind-to-Mind – Vision is strategic. While your vision may be, as Jim Collins says, "big, hairy and audacious," people have to believe that it is attainable. When you connect, it becomes “OUR PLAN” and people give their resources.
    2) Heart to Heart – Vision is passionate. When people see you, they see, feel and taste the vision. It becomes something you were created for and are willing to die for. When you
    connect, it becomes “OUR DESIRE” and people give their life.
    3) Soul-to-Soul – Vision is personal. It comes from God but it permeates your life. A calling. A confidence that IT will be accomplished. When you connect, it becomes “OUR CALLING” and people take responsibility.
  • Winston Churchill believed that leadership's foundation was vision. He had five tools he used when he got ready to communicate vision. Here they are:

    TOOL ONE: STRONG BEGINNING (CAPTURE THEIR ATTENTION)
    TOOL TWO: ONE THEME (STAY FOCUSED)
    TOOL THREE: SIMPLE LANGUAGE (EASY TO UNDERSTAND)
    TOOL FOUR: WORD PICTURES: (STORIES AND ILLUSTRATIONS)
    TOOL FIVE: EMOTIONAL ENDING (A COMPELLING CONCLUSION)
  • And take this poem by Sir Francis Drake to heart:

    Disturb us, Lord, when
    We are too well pleased with ourselves,
    When our dreams have come true
    Because we have dreamed too little,
    When we arrived safely
    Because we sailed too close to the shore.

    Disturb us, Lord, when
    With the abundance of things we possess
    We have lost our thirst
    For the waters of life;
    Having fallen in love with life,
    We have ceased to dream of eternity
    And in our efforts to build a new earth,
    We have allowed our vision
    Of the new Heaven to dim.

    Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
    To venture on wider seas
    Where storms will show your mastery;
    Where losing sight of land,
    We shall find the stars.

    We ask You to push back
    The horizons of our hopes;
    And to push into the future
    In strength, courage, hope, and love.
- See more at: http://www.ministrybestpractices.com/2008/07/cliff-notes-on-vision.html#sthash.Dn79HnH3.dpuf
See More at the source: ministrybestpractices.com

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ENCOURAGING

5 Success Factors in Changing Organizational Culture  by Judith Glaser

Article Excerpt:

Culture transformation is an advanced leadership skill. The primary way to change a culture is to use your Conversational Intelligence to create an environment that infuses energy and commitment into relationships, teams, and the whole organization. Too often we get stuck in habit patterns of ‘talking about’ change but not creating change.

The more we talk about change, the more we talk about all the problems and challenges that can emerge — and we fall into negative mindsets which trigger “fear hormones” and “threat networks” in our brains. No wonder change is so difficult. By the time we are ready to take action we are frozen in place.

You can shift the way you think about change by following these factors that most successful leaders use to navigate their journey:

1st Success Factor: The first skill is be the change for transforming the culture. Realize you have the power, influence and the ability to see and understand the culture in which you work, and to see how you can play a role in transforming it into a healthier, more inspiring, and thriving culture.

>>Call to Action: Envision how you can play a catalytic role in transforming your culture.

2nd Success Factor: The second skill, embrace the opportunity, is the ability to step out of your Comfort Zone and rather than allowing fear of the unknown to paralyze you, embrace the opportunity with excitement and enthusiasm.

>>Call to Action: Embracing opportunity both ‘encourages’ others and ‘inspires courage’ in yourself and others.

3rd Success Factor: The third skill, create space for conversations, is the ability to intentionally open up opportunities for feedback-rich conversations one-on-one, within teams and across the organization.

>>Call to Action: Creating spaces is a call to action you need to take every day to open the space for more innovative, generative, and catalytic conversations to take place in your relationships.

4th Success Factor: The fourth skill, practice co-creating conversations. Co-creating conversations are conversations that have the ability to release the past and open space for the future with others.

>>Call to Action: Co-creating conversations means opening the space for new energy for co-creation with others.

5th Success Factor: And, finally, there is the fifth skill of shaping stories.

>>Call to Action: Shaping stories, is a call to action to realize how you shape the stories impacts how the future unfolds. Reflect every day in a conscious way on how you shape stories so that they are winning, inclusive, and appreciative.

Rather than thinking about situations as problems, think of them as challenges and opportunities, and communicate this point of view in your conversations with others. Until you challenge yourself to change old thinking and old conversational habits, you will see little change from yesterday to today. Once you do – you will find you become a catalyst for change wherever you go and you will discover new energy appears around you for tackling big challenges.

Source:  visionroom.com

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EMPOWERING

The Holy Spirit’s Role in Leadership By Stephen Blandino

Article Excerpt:

It’s very easy in leadership to grow increasingly dependent on our own abilities and skills. This tendency exists in all arenas of leadership whether business, education, media, or the church. Because of this temptation, leaders often fail to recognize the role of the Holy Spirit in leadership.

Last year I studied the Holy Spirit’s role throughout the book of Acts. During the study, I began to understand the Holy Spirit’s role in leadership too. Unfortunately, some leaders view the Holy Spirit as spooky, weird, or even bizarre. The truth is, people are weird, not the Holy Spirit.

Robert Morris observes, people who are weird with the Holy Spirit were weird before they received the Holy Spirit…they’re just weird people. So regardless of how you view the Holy Spirit, if you want to fully embrace what the Spirit desires to do in you and through your leadership, you may need to unload your pre-conceived baggage first.

Francis Chan, author of Forgotten God, says it like this: “No matter what religious tradition you come from, you likely carry baggage and harbor stereotypes when it comes to the Holy Spirit. It’s going to require laying aside your baggage and stereotypes so you can be open to what God wants to teach you. Are you willing to do that?”

Regardless of what your baggage looks like, I want you to know that the book of Acts describes the Holy Spirit in very practical terms. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, here are six lessons on the Holy Spirit’s role in leadership that I gleaned from Acts. Each lesson is refreshingly practical and is accompanied by a question for reflection and application:
 

1.  The Holy Spirit is Active in Leadership Recruitment and Selection

2. The Holy Spirit Empowers Leaders with Boldness

3. The Holy Spirit Brings Encouragement, Strength, and Peace in Leadership Storms

4. The Holy Spirit Provides Guidance, Discernment, and Direction to Leaders

5. The Holy Spirit Helps Leaders Successfully Manage Conflict

6. The Holy Spirit Compels Leaders to Move Out of Their Comfort Zones

The Holy Spirit’s presence and influence in your day-to-day leadership may be very active. Or you might find yourself doing leadership solely in your own wisdom and strength. As Francis Chan observes, “We all have to answer the question: Do I want to lead or be led by the Spirit?” Why not start your day with a simple but sincere prayer: “Holy Spirit, lead my leadership.”

Read this article in full:  LINKED HERE.

Source:  ChurchLeaders.com

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MONTHLY MINISTRY RESOURCE
 
This month's resource is a free eBook: How to Study and Teach the Bible  by Elmer L. Towns 

I feel that every book I have ever written could be the most influential. Like every mother dreams her baby will be the president of the United States or a great medical doctor, I dream that every new book would bless the world. This project is no exception. The church of Jesus Christ could be transformed if everyone learned how to study and teach the Bible.

This book was first a video project for Gospel Light/Regal Books. The video had eight lessons, each one designed to be used as a teaching tool in leadership meetings or the eight lessons could be an all-day training seminar.
--Elmer L. Towns

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