Leaders understand that there is no growth without change, and there is no change without challenge. Change is challenging and change is uncomfortable!
As a leader you have to constantly decide what is more important to you, comfort or growth. In order to be willing to face the challenge of change and the discomfort of change you have to make three commitments:
1. Your Purpose – Your commitment to your mission is more important than your comfort.
2. Your Principles – You are committed to doing what is best instead of what is easiest.
3. Your Priorities – You are committed to being faithful more than being popular.
I want to encourage you to be committed to make the changes necessary for growth in your life and ministry. Change is challenging, but growth is rewarding and fulfilling.
Thanks for your partnership. Together we are building the Kingdom of God in Virginia.
Top 10 Tips for Being Clearer by Andy Naselli
The more you say, the less people will remember. . . . “Biscuits and sermons are improved by shortening”. . . .
Make the ‘big idea’ shape everything you say. . . . That’s one of the best reasons to preach from a full script—you get to edit before you speak. . . . [From p. 64: "[I]t’s easier for your listeners to catch a baseball than a handful of sand.”]
Choose the shortest, most ordinary words you can. . . . The more complex your subject, the more helpful it is to describe it in ordinary words. . . .
Use shorter sentences. . . . This isn’t about ‘dumbing down’ your content. It’s about communicating complex content clearly. (But keep in mind that alliteration is no longer considered tasteful.) More importantly, it’s about sounding like a normal, conversational you. . . .
Forget everything your English teacher taught you. . . . [I]f you’re scripting a sermon you should expect it to read badly. It should break almost all the norms of good written expression and follow the rules of informal speech instead. . . .
Am I repeating myself? . . . [A]s you’re introducing a new idea, it’s incredibly helpful to restate the first sentence three times, rephrasing it each time but adding no new information. . . . Avoid giving too much information and learn the difference between the pace of your speech (in ‘words per minute’) and the pace of information (in ‘ideas per minute’).
Translate narratives into the present tense. . . . [This] makes a story seem real and immediate—it’s just like being there. . . .
The six-million-dollar secret of illustrating. . . . Don’t sweat over illustrating the complicated stuff—just illustrate the obvious! . . . Illustrate the obvious, and the complex ideas will take care of themselves, because your listeners will be fresh and focused enough to stay with you. . . .
People love to hear about people. . . . The journalist’s rule is this: if there are no people, there’s no story. . . .
Work towards your key text. . . . When you’re quoting a verse, help out the listener by setting it up before you read it, rather than after. . . .
[M]ost natural communicators—whether scripted or not—tend to do most of these things by instinct.
This article has been excerpted from Gary Millar and Phil Campbell, Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God’s Word and Keep People Awake (Kingsford NSW, Australia: Matthias Media, 2013), 50–61
Leading Millennials in the Family, Workplace, and Church by Dr. Nick Floyd
Excerpt from this article below:
They’re influencing every facet of society. They’re making their mark on communities like never before. They’re dead set on changing the world. Who are these people? The Millennials. This group of young adults, born between 1980-2000, is the next generation looking to make a major impact on culture, the economy, and the moral make up of America.
But who are these iPhone obsessed people? And how in the world do parents, employers, coaches and pastors of millennials learn to lead them effectively? In order for us to effectively lead millennials, we must effectively understand them.
Here are two things I have learned, as well as a few things I’m still learning as I seek to lead the millennials that God has put under my care.
They want to be heard. That doesn’t necessarily mean what they say has to be done, but they want to have an avenue of discussion. That may be with a boss or with a pastor. That can even be with a parent. I recently heard a dad explain this in dealing with his millennial child. When I grew up, when my parents said, “Because I said so,” I simply responded with obedience with no questions asked. This dad explained how his child does obey out of respect for him, but she really wants to know why. Now there is certainly a balance here, but this simple story does illustrate this powerful principle of being heard.
As a millennial, one of my biggest struggles is when I feel like there’s not an opportunity to express my opinion in the midst of the discussion. It doesn’t mean we always have to be told yes, but it does mean we want to have a voice in the discussion. Are you giving the millennials under your care an opportunity to be heard?
They want to change the world. In former generations, you would likely only learn of those making a big impact through television, newspaper, or maybe even a magazine. With the new landscape of the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, and other technological advances – everybody knows who is doing something significant across the world – and they know it immediately. As a result, I believe there’s a growing dissatisfaction among millennials with the status quo.
The millennials that you lead know a lot about other places of the world, other businesses, and other churches. This means if they don’t feel like they are making a significant impact at your place, they know about a place where they can. In these cases, loyalty goes out the window in favor of making a big impact somewhere else. The opportunity this brings is that as long as we continue to show millennials their value and the significant role they play, there’s a great chance they’ll stay. Are you showing the millennials under your care the opportunities they have to make a significant impact within your church, business, or family?
Finally, let me give a word to other millennials. May the words that mark us not be pride, disloyalty, and dissatisfaction. Instead, may the marks of godliness of humility, honor, and trust in where God has placed us reign in our lives. Let’s be humble and recognize we don’t know everything in the world there is to know. Let’s learn with humility. Let’s honor those who have given us opportunities, invested in us, and shown great confidence in us. Let’s trust the Lord. Let’s believe He has placed us where we’re at for a purpose. As Rick Warren says, “The grass is not always greener on the other side. The grass is greener where you water it.”
May faithfulness lead to greener grass.
Dr. Nick Floyd (Teaching Pastor, Cross Church)
59 (by PRRI)
percentage of Americans who believe right actions make you religious
One aspect to the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) study was examining opinions on what it means to be a religious person. A significant majority (59 percent) felt that being a religious person “is primarily about living a good life and doing the right thing,” while more than one-third (36 percent) held that being religious “is primarily about having faith and the right beliefs.”
There was once again a significant divide between the religious conservatives and religious progressives. A majority (54 percent) of religious conservatives say being a religious person is primarily about having the right beliefs, while less than 4-in-10 (38 percent) say it is mostly about doing the right thing. By contrast, nearly 8-in-10 (79 percent) religious progressives say being a religious person is mostly about doing the right thing.
Sources: Religion News, PRRI
Spiritual Leadership versus Leadership By Jon Tyson
Take out five minutes to view this video where Tyson shares insight about true leadership being Spiritual Leadership when it comes to Christian ministry. He makes some great points as he compares cultural relevance and spiritual preparedness and the need to find balance between the two.
Jon Tyson: http://youtu.be/dmNnbGphYAk via @youtube (leadershipnetwork9) The Nines.
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