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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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CoreCore Values – The ideals and values we hold, that are non-negotiable, that serve as filters for all of efforts to accomplish our mission. (My working definition) 

The story of Jehu in 2 Kings 10 came in front of me recently, and reading it again, several things really struck me.

Jehu...found Jehonadab…coming to meet him. He greeted him and then asked, “Is your heart one with mine?

#1 Unity

We can’t accomplish the mission God has given us (Help People Find, Follow and Be-Like Jesus), if there is division in the ranks. Without unity, you will be thrown back two steps for every one you think you’ve made.

#2 Team

It is,” Jehonadab replied. Jehu said, “If it is, give me your hand.” So he gave him his hand, and Jehu pulled him up into the chariot with him.

There is always two parts to a team. We must be willing to take a hand of those we’re running with, and offer a hand as well.

A true team that are owning the mission and vision of your church will not play “turf wars.” If they do…You aren’t casting the vision well enough in the context of how each part is vital to…

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Multiplying“We have a leadership deficit.”

Words many of us have spoken, and all of us have heard from others. We know how vital it is for every church to have and fill a solid leadership pipeline. But for many, some of the steps involved in that process seem overwhelming, and many don’t know where to start.

I’m a small town simple-minded pastor that has  difficulty with complicated processes. So here is a simple pattern I’ve learned to get new potential leaders on your radar and start a process to  move them through.

#1 Find Them

You will never see what you aren’t actively looking for. I’m guilty of this all the time! I can get so busy with “stuff” I can’t see. If you need leaders, don’t look for them to come to you, you have to go to them, but you first have to find them…So look for them, pray for them, seek them and you find them.

Write down a three step plan for finding them.

#2 Feed Them

Once you’ve found these great gems, you have to feed them. Feed them things like… The Vision, Passion and Direction of the church. Feed them leadership principles that you’ve found…

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Aircraft CarrierAny church that doesn’t change in response to the change in culture, community or context will eventually cease to exist. Any church that wants to stay around and keep their doors open will make constant and subtle changes along the way.

How should that change take place?

#1 In response to a new “God-Vision.”

God cares about those perishing in your community far more that you and your church. So, God is all-in for the changes necessary to see as many as possible come to Him. He will give a fresh vision to accomplish that, to the heart of a humble and passionate leader.

#2 A little at a time.

Imagine you are the captain of an aircraft carrier. All of the men on the carrier are standing on the edge at attention. Something happens and you have to change course. How would you change your course? You’d do it very slightly. You’d do it a little at a time. If you took the wheel and jerked it to the right or the left, everyone of your men would fall overboard. They’d be unable to keep their balance.

As a leader, we have to make small,…

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Ways to LeadAll great leaders are great learners. But, sometimes we overcomplicate that process and leave behind the most foundational elements that make a great leader… great

I’ve found that a check of the basics is always a good place to start. If we have strong basics in place, it’s much more difficult to fall off as we move ahead.

Here are 5 basic, but powerful ways to lead…

#1 Godly

When we lead godly, we lead with a heart that is more concerned about empowerment and encouragement rather than self promotion. I have to constantly remind myself of Jesus’ words, “The least among you will be the greatest.”

#2 Simply

We over complicate things waaay to much! We may want to impress others or maybe we just think we’ve ‘progressed’ past simplicity. Whatever our reason, sometimes we just need to get back to simple. Sometimes, I have to remind myself, “Keep it simple stupid!”

#3 Timely

You can have the greatest plan and vision in the world, and not lead in a timely manner and kill a great vision and team. When you know, go… but don’t go until you know. Time matters.

#4 Actively

There can be no “absentee owner” of a vision. You…

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Emotional HealthAfter getting hit in the head with a bat… it seems you would learn not walk in front of the person swinging one at you. Well, I guess I’m not that bright!

After many years of trying to be the most Kingdom building, productive, caring, loving and reproducing leader, I have been forced to face this…

1-Fact.

Emotional Health…Trumps all Else!

We’re created in God’s image. God is an emotional being and so are we. We talk a lot about caring for ourselves in many ways:

  • Spiritually
  • Physically
  • Relationally
  • Financially, etc…
But, if you don’t take care of yourself, and stay healthy emotionally, you can kill off everything else in your life!
That is the only area I’ve found with that kind of killing power…
in the life of a human being. Once you allow yourself to become so emotionally un-healthy, it’s almost, if not impossible for all the other areas of your life to suffer tremendous harm.
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Sick Emotions Kill Relationships

Emotionally unhealthy people withdraw, they criticize unfairly and carry bitterness and unforgiveness. These kill relationships, no matter how close or far. From marriage to distant friendships.

If we are weak emotionally, we can destroy precious relationships (Been there done…

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Young LeadersIn 1 Samuel 10 Saul is anointed as King over Israel. As soon as he was anointed as the leader…

5 signs occurred that I see in the leaders of today (or I should say the great anointed leaders of today).

New Heart

God changed everything about him. His new heart gave him the compassion, the passion & determination to lead. He had a new found ability to control his emotions and thoughts in ways he never knew before. A new heart from God, brings new priorities & paths.

New Words

He prophesied with the prophets. He spoke about the things & plans of God with boldness and great conviction. This is certainly the characteristic of an anointed leader! He hears from God, and proclaims it with boldness. Not walking in fear of man, but in reverent fear of God!

New Followers

“Valiant” men immediately were called by God to go to his side. When you are an anointed leader, God will always send valiant men & women to surround you and hold up your arms. They will guard you, speak life into you, and also the truth-even if it hurts.

New Enemies

When you are truly an anointed leader,…

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FeedbackFeedback exists between two parts when each affects the other. Are you affected by those you lead? Those who just watch, and those who observe from afar? Of course you are?

The question is, are you really harnessing the power of how those around you perceive you?

Perception is king! We can think we are experienced and effective leaders and completely miss our potential to lead, just by not understanding how we are perceived.

Remember this…

It’s not intention, but perception that will make impact

1) Your Leadership Circle

These are the ones closest to you. You lead and work with them on a daily and weekly basis. They know your habits and what you expect, and how you react in certain situations.

It’s vital that these closet to you have absolute freedom to speak into your life. If you don’t feel they deserve that, then either find someone else to take their place, or repent of your pride!

We have to know how people around us are perceiving our leadership! If we ignore our perception we are entrusting our leadership and it’s impact to chance at best.

2) Those on the Inside

Those inside your church also have a unique perception of you. They are…

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DirectionI was having a conversation the other day with an up and coming leader. He was dealing with a very hurtful relationship that ended and he didn’t understand why it was so painful for so long.

We discovered his issue wasn’t just the pain of the relationship it was the pain of feeling rejected. Rejection is very powerful force, and it can be very destructive in the life of a leader. If we fear rejection, we will want to please all those around us, and…

Leaders can’t be Pleasers

Pleasers never Lead, they Congregate

Pleasers will never be leaders because they are more concerned about being “OK” with everyone, instead of being right with God. They love to congregate and hang out with those they feel accepted with. But the truth is, sometimes being a real leader means you may need to stand alone for a while.

Pleasers never Lead, they Participate

Pleasers love to run with the pack, and hang out with everyone like himself. Leaders must blaze new trails, run where others aren’t running. That means breaking away from the pack and embracing new ideas, and walking in the unique calling God as designed you for.

Prayerfully and…

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