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What habits are keeping you from getting your work done?

Bad Habits = Bad Leadership

Here Are 10 Habits you Must Break to be More Productive:

1- Overloading

Have you ever been in the middle of one task and then started another, only later to realize that you didn’€™t finish either? Multi-tasking seems like a good idea at the time, but often leads to nothing. Concentrate on the important task until it is finished, before starting something else.

2- Making Excuses

We have become desensitized to accountability. When something doesn’t get it done, we immediately look for something or someone else to blame. As the cliche goes, “Life isn’t always fair.” Get it done anyway.

3- Email Obsession

How many times do you check email in a day? 10, 20, 50, 100? Stop checking your email. Instead, do your work.

4- Focus on the negative

The news is best consumed in small doses. If you read the news these days there is simply too much. Too much negativity. Too much inaccuracy. Too much wasted time. Don’t endlessly surf the news websites, and instead let the news come to you. Get a few RSS feeds. Read the news once a day.

5- Being Unorganized


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I talk with a lot of pastors and leaders. Pastors and leaders from different places and different sized places.

Specifically, as I talk to pastors and leaders in rural places, in small towns, across the country, I hear desperation in their voices about their community. You see, I’ve come to realize that pastor and leaders are wired for their community and context. The best leaders, are leading where they are because of a great call from God… because they’ve heard God tell them to lead where they are.

The small town pastor and leader is no different. These leaders aren’t leading in small towns because they can’t cut it in the big city. They’re leading in a small town because that is exactly the place God has called them.

These leaders are desperate for their town. They’re desperate to win people to Jesus.

The biggest concern these pastors often have? How they can grow their church. I hear so many “We don’t have the money to do that” and “I don’t want 9,000, I’d settle for 90″ comments.

What’s the key?

The same key that Jesus understood when he spoke in parables… you gotta know your culture…

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There’s no way to manufacture a move of God. Yes, we follow God’s heart and the Spirit’s leading to plan, pray and prepare in faith that God will move though all we do, but only He can make the move.

At times, we may be tempted to “hype” things up to give the appearance that God is moving, (nothing wrong with passion and excitement) but how do we know it’s God? We see these 3 things:

1- Tears

When God moves in a church, there are outward signs of what is occurring in the hearts and lives of those we’re pouring into. And one of the most obvious, is tearful responses to the truth that is given in it’s many forms. Have the kleenex handy!

2- Talent

When God is moving, or about to move in a church, He breaks the ground with new spiritual talent. God understands His church needs leaders and workers to hold the Kingdom harvest that He is about to unleash.

So watch and listen closely for others God is “planting” among you, even if they sound or look different than what you wanted or expected.

3- Time

The fire and passion that accompanies a…

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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.

1- Care

It’s easy to be so focused on “results” that we neglect those who make up the results! I’m certainly guilty of this and have to check myself all the time.

We need a system that can capture a need in our church body and walk it through until the need is met, or at least all reasonable attempts have been made.

2- Communication

This is on the top of our list at Cornerstone. We’ve found a great need to know how, why, when, what and to whom we need to communicate information.

Example: The start of a new…

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Mac Desk

As 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.

2- Automated prayer list (Prayer Notebook)

As a product of the the old-school with Franklin planners and Daytimers, I had a very difficult time finding a system that works to hold my prayer requests. I tried just about every system imaginable. No luck! That’s when I found what is called Prayer Notebook. This allows me to sync my prayer requests over all my devices, have notes and determine how often I want to pray for each request.

3- Portable calendar (iCal)

It’s essential to understand the difference between…

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BMAA Meeting“It’s time to make time count”

That’s the place we’re in as a church. I’m not getting any younger, and it seems we are losing Kingdom ground on a national and international level. The only answer to reversing that is building and growing Kingdom and mission minded leaders who will do the same.

I feel a great sense of urgency that we have to equip and empower an entire new army of leaders, younger leaders that have incredible passion for the mission of the church to multiply. In response to that, we have revamped our leadership development process.

At its core our new process has 4-Parts…

1A Pre-Process

It’s important that potential leaders know you are serious about multiplying leaders. That it’s not just another “program” they can sign up for. Make your leadership process by invitation only, and where some pretty high standards must be met prior to being allowed in.

2– A Basic Beginning

Start all at the same point. It’s important that all those with you know the vision, passion and direction of your church. Don’t make any assumptions! Remember what they used to say, “Assumption is the mother of all _________.”

It will be difficult…

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One of the staff members told me this recently, and it really felt like a stab!

What!? Don’t know? Don’t understand? How can that be?

We have communicated our vision and plan very well (I said to myself). Well…upon further investigation I came to realize many of those actually committed to the church, didn’t really understand our plan.

The lack of communication…It was like a huge zit on my nose and I was the last person to see it! I realized this was indeed a crisis and needed correction quickly. Here are 3-Steps that helped alleviate the questions they were asking…

 1- Have a Plan

I mean a simple written ministry plan EVERY year. In your plan, you should answer the basic questions everyone asks:

Mission- What are we going to do?
Vision- How are we going to get it done?
Direction – Who is responsible?
Provision- How much will it cost?

2- Present the Plan

Now this is a big challenge but… Your plan should fit on 1-page! I’m not talking about the entire detailed plan, but the summary of what you share with the church. If you present and  lay out the detailed plan,…

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I was reading this recently in the CEO newsletter. I loved the info-graphic, and was intrigued by the biggest changes leaders need to make to become more productive..

The top five really resonated with me and I’ve listed them in my own words…

#1 Have a task management system.

You have to capture all that you have to do. If you don’t, you’ll be constantly bombarded with the thoughts of getting stuff done. Put it in a task management system and get it off of your mind!

#2 Only have a meeting as a last resort.

Meetings kill time and productivity. If you can have a quick conversation with a couple of people in a casual way, do that instead. If you can take care of it in a walk by conversation, do that. If you can communicate with a phone call, do it. Only meet as a last resort!

#3 Schedule time to answer email and social media.

If you don’t, they’ll constantly be distractions throughout the day. The problem with push notifications on email is that they disrupt you too often. The same with social media. Schedule…

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My wife loves to put together jigsaw puzzles. I’m not patient enough to always help, but I do try as much as I can stand it. A couple of Sundays we were on the back porch and I was watching Georgie put a puzzle together.

Here are 3 lessons the church can learn:

You have to look at the big picture first.

She always starts with the box in front of her. When she can see the big picture, she can then start to put the pieces together. In the church world, always start with the big picture. The Great Commission and the vision God has given your church should be the backbone of everything.

All pieces belong somewhere.

They don’t include extra pieces in the box. God doesn’t include “spares” in the kingdom. Everyone has a part to play. No matter how gifted or ungifted someone may appear, they have a part they can play in the body. Don’t give up on the wounded or those that look different from your typical church person.

Sometimes a piece looks like it wouldn’t fit, but does.

Occasionally, Georgie picks up a…

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Momentum is one of those things we all want as leaders. When we have momentum behind us and what we’re leading, we become unstoppable. Walking in great momentum is one of those “sweet” spots for a leader. Every move you make seem to turn to gold.

How do you create momentum?

It definitely requires seeking God, being desperate for his voice, and having a good team around you. The number one way, though, when it’s all said and done…

You gotta…Move!

Riding the leadership “wave” of momentum is one of the most exciting things a leader can do. Like any wave though, we have to move to establish it. Think about it. In a lake, there’s no mementum in the water at all until something MOVES in and disrupts the calm. A boat rides by, a child jumps in, a wave runner comes flying by.. those create momentum because they’re moving.

If you’re looking for a title wave in what you lead, move.

Do the work that comes before that… you can’t forget that. But,


Let him that would move the world first move himself. – Socrates

photo credit: w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines)

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31. Trust God from the bottom of your heart.

I know that seems like a ‘nah duh’ kind of statement  especially for those of us that are called to lead Christ’s Church. The truth is, though, that it can be tough as a leader to REALLY trust at times. When it feels like it’s all on us and we’re waiting for God to show up and do what we know we heard him say He’d do, it can be tough to trust. Trust anyway. He’s trustworthy for sure!

2. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go

Are you desperate to hear from God? If not, you’re gonna find yourself in some really tough spots. He’s the one who will keep you on track in your leadership journey. He’ll let you know when your walking in pride, when you need to step out and move, and when you need to turn the ship in a certain direction. Don’t assume that you know it all. Listen for him. Get on your face and beg for his guidance.

3. Honor God with everything you own

It’s all his anyway. That place you’re leading. Those people you’re…

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InfluenceSaul was made king 3 times! But only after proving himself was he truly embraced as their leader.

Here are 3 things that happened to Saul that helped him grow in influence and be embraced as the leader…

1 – Anointed of God

This may seem like a no brainier, but many try to put themselves in a place of influence because they are gifted or asked to stand in such a place. When it comes down to it, though, I’ve seen “leaders” that can draw a crowd and work a group, but can’t lead. The thing that they are missing is the anointing of God. Don’t under-estimate the importance of God’s anointing. This is critical! Once you have it, guard it. Be sure you’re walking blameless and in favor with God… don’t lose it! It’s the central spring of your influence.

2 – Confirmed by Leaders and Influencers

“The prophet is subject to the prophets.” An anointed leader of God will be seen by other leaders as such. It’s not a popularity contest, it’s just that leaders seem to have a way of knowing who the other leaders in the room are. When the people that are already…

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