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MomentumAt times momentum can be an illusive goal. It seems to come when least expected, and dissipates when we feel it should be present. In the church world, it seems even more illusive.

I’ve found there are four vital pillars that must be in place in order to hold any momentum that begins or maintained.

Mission

Mission is the “What” your church should be doing. In the Bible, we would recognize this is our commission or the great commandment. “God and make followers of all people.”

No matter where you are, that is your mission. Don’t let any “method” drive or steer your mission. The mission must drive the method.

Mechanism

What’s the vehicle that will drive the mission. Again this may seem a little elementary, but the simple things are the ones that seem to end up being ignored or forgotten, and the latest get big quick plan becomes the flavor of the year.

The Mechanism we have to accomplish our mission is the Church. The church is the only vehicle ordained by God to carry out and grow the Kingdom. And the church has three parts:

  • Me (The individual)
  • We (The circle or group)
  • Us (The Congregation)
All of these are…

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  1. Team Engagement – Your team will follow and love the leader that loves and engages them. Keep an open door policy and make your team and their concerns a real priority.
  2. Empowerment – Everybody likes a chance to shine, to be the best they can be. That means no micro-managing allowed! Don’t expect someone or anyone to do it like you or as good as you. Help them be the best THEY can be. Not a “mini-me.”
  3. Big Vision – The team has to see a vision so big that it takes God Himself to pull it off. The days of the “Celeb” leader is over. Tomorrow’s greatest leaders will only follow a true humble servant leader.
  4. Clear Systems and Processes – What’s next? How do we get there, and who’s responsible for what? Those are questions that your team needs to know to be on the same page. Don’t make them fly without a radar. Establish clear systems that empower and yet guide.
  5. Flexible Schedules – It’s been proven that workers are more productive and happy in a position that embraces flexibility rather than stringent time…

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Hope you know what I’m saying…”Sick” is the new word for “awesome.” So if you are a leader or pastor in a small city…

A- You ARE Awesome!

B- You gotta have some “sick skills” to succeed where you are

I am a small city boy, born and raised. And I love small city leaders and pastors that don’t get the head-line but they get the bottom-line…Growing the Kingdom of God where they are.

Having planted, and grown a multi-site church in a small city or “The Sticks” I’ve had to learn a few “sick skills” myself. As we continue to grow and help others, some of these “sick skills” stand out more than others.

So if you are small-city Jedi with “Sick Skills”, this is you…

1- You see the potential others would discard

Small city means a smaller pool of volunteers and leaders. But that doesn’t stop the leader with sick skills! You pray, watch and listen for God to add gifts, calling and anointing. You know and expect God to raise up all that is necessary for building and growing His church where you are.

2- You know the needs…

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SermonsIn the process of wrestling with God over Mission, Vision and Direction, I “fell into” a new sermon outline that has proved to be extremely helpful to me. And I love its simplicity. It goes like this…

  1. Story-Opened
    • Open with a story that has enough weight to carry the entire sermon. It can be the context of Scripture you are preaching, but doesn’t have to be. But the story must be “heavy” enough to thread through the entire sermon.
  2. Head
    • This is what some are thinking  now. The wrong frame of thinking in their heads that is producing the wrong beliefs and wrong actions.
  3. Heart
    • This is that God says we should be thinking and believing. The real Truth that will bring transformation to those who receive it.
  4. Hand
    • This is what we should do with this new revelation of Truth
    • Many times I will break this up
    • A challenge to those Outside
    • A challenge to this Inside the Kingdom
  5. Story-Closed
    • I like to go back and tie a knot in the thread of the story that has been woven through out the sermon. And end it in a way that adds an urgency to the previous challenge.

I’ve been using this for…

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The greatest and highest calling of a leader is to replace themselves.

The Lord said to Elijah…anoint Elisha to succeed you as prophet. So Elijah went from there and found Elisha… Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him.

Then he left to follow and assist Elijah. ~1 Kings 19

  • Listen for God’s voice to know who you should choose to invest in
  • Confirm your commitment of investment
  • Take them with you as much as possible
  • Let them watch what you do
  • Let them help you, and you watch them
  • Let them do what you do, and you praise them
  • Help them do what you do…Better than you do!

The Kingdom must have leaders that produce greater leaders. “Greater things than these will you do.”

This is what Jesus did.

Do you have anyone you are doing this with now?
Have you listened to hear God speak a name, or two…or twelve?
What step are you in now?

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True MissionWhat are you REALLY trying to do? What is your true mission…

 “Your true Mission – is what Motivates you”

What moves you? What gets you all excited when it really happens, when you see it coming into reality. Along the way there are several things we can use to test our heart. We may say one thing, but in reality be pursuing something totally different.

What Do I Measure?

What do you measure that gets you excited when it’s good, or it discourages you when it’s not quite what you wanted?

  • Attendance
  • Salvations
  • Baptisms
  • Service
  • Groups
  • Other_______________

Where is my Win?

This is different than measurement. This is more like the finishing of a race you have trained hard for, and you win it! What is gonna cause you to raise your hands and the do the “Victory Dance?”

  • Having the biggest church in town?
  • Replacing yourself?
  • Starting a new Campus or Church?
  • Quitting?
  • Seeing your “haters” go away?

Who’s Next?

“When a student is fully trained he will be like his teacher.” We must train, love and multiply others than can do what we have been doing, and do it better! Jesus had that mind-set, and that’s what He did…”Greater things will you do.”

In the world of Apple, (as I saw on Biography) and the mind of those who really change things, there’s an ability to connect the dots between two things…
Invention and Innovation
They are able to take an idea (Invention) and make it plausible (Innovation) for the masses. And the catalyst between those two points must be… Action!

Many can come up with great ideas, and plan things that appear to be the real game changer, but many incredible ideas die on the table of “Invention” and never see any action.

That is a great call for the Church, and us as leaders of His Church. We must be those who can…

    1. Watch and Pray
    2. Hear His voice
    3. Catch the vision, and write it down
    4. Develop a Plan of Action
    5. Delegate areas to other team members
    6. Comunicate a real win (the target)
    7. Establish a system to measure progress
    8. A willingness to change to see the Target accomplished

We are not called to be Inventors, but rather Innovators! We are called by God to take the Gospel message and make it “Craveable” to the masses. And…

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When looking for new staff members, I hear leaders say:

“I have been looking, but I haven’t found the right person yet.”

In all honesty, what should be said is, “I haven’t heard the right person yet.” I know that sounds strange, but that’s the way it was done all through Scripture. The example that stands out is this:

The prophet Samuel was “looking” for the one God had chosen. But, having only the ability to see in the natural, he wanted to choose a man who looked the part, which would probably have been a “good” choice. But, God said “That’s not him; you are looking at the wrong thing. You must listen to me, because only I can see the heart.”

It comes down to this:

  1. Surrender the process to God.
  2. Commit to listening to God to hear him speak someone’s name.
  3. Don’t get anxious, wait on God, and don’t “look” in the flesh. (I just heard the name of one I have been waiting 3 years for!)
  4. When you hear the name, even if it makes no sense, trust God.
You can choose staff by three choices: bad, good, and…

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Andy and BarneyWhen Andy Griffith died, my mind was flooded with the memories of watching him and Barney do their thing in Mayberry. And I thought of somethings Andy did that would help the church…

1. Never carry a gun

I loved the way Andy could keep the peace, protect the innocent and catch the bad guys…without a gun.

In the church world, we could learn from that. People don’t respond very well to force or a show of force. If we are patient and let others “catch it” and not force it, we will see a greater return.

2. Be loyal to your right-hand

Andy was very loyal to Barney. It didn’t matter how many mistakes he would make, he believed in him, and Barney became better because of Andy’s investment in him.

Look for those that may not fit around you now, but with some investment, will prove to be your greatest asset.

3. Don’t be defensive

I never saw Andy get offended when someone didn’t go with his idea or would out right criticize it.

Being defensive is a sure sign  of immaturity and pride. If it’s God’s thing, then let…

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iPhone AppA doctor friend was subscribing a medication for me once, and pulled out his iPhone and began to insert my age, gender, weight, current medications and it told him what to give and in what dosage! Dang…Nice!

Then it suggested the correct medication, and warned of other medications or activities that should not be taken or done while on this prescription.

I want one of those for leadership!

I think Apple should develop a leadership app for Pastors and Church leaders! Wouldn’t that be cool. Like, any problem we had to face, we could turn on Siri, and ask a question…

1- Who’s the best person for this new position?

2- What’s the most powerful series we could do next month?

3- What about that immoral issue with that influential leader?

4- What outreach would build the Kingdom the most?

5- Who should I be investing the most in?

6- What’s the best use of our resources right now?

7- Should we promote ***____ and bring him on staff?

That would be a rockin App! Just plug in all our stats and DNA, and it would “magically” and “Logically” give us the “right” answer…Wrong!

The Kingdom of God doesn’t operate…

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After 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…

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.

Un-Healthy 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…

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QuitLet’s be real, leadership ain’t easy. It can be tough, lonely, and bring us to many dark roads. The demands cause many to hang it up and quit altogether. They decide it’s not worth it anymore. When you get to that place, Go to this place.

4 things to keep you from quitting.

Q – Quiet (Be still and know that I am God) – Time with God is essential at anytime, especially when you’re at the end of your rope. Go to a place, be quite, and let your Creator speak to you. Let him speak admiration, conviction, direction, and whatever else He needs to. Why do you need it to be quiet? So that nothing keeps you from HEARING Him.

U – Unplug – Keep it quiet. Unplug every connection to any source that is draining to you. Your laptop, your iPad, your phone, your email, your video chat, anything that is tethering you to the world. Now, of course, don’t be stupid, you’ll have to plan ahead in order to do it, but you can make this happen… you MUST. Unplug from the world, let everyone know that you can’t…

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