Title: Being Made Along the Way
How do we not get lost in the process of God making us -
- Remember Who You Are – You are not the things you make.
- Remember Who God Is - God will not be handcuffed by your failures or unleashed by your success.
Making of Culture
Arrived in America with no college degree and $200 in his pocket.
“No” means “next opportunity”.
If you want to be certain, you will do nothing.
Nothing is easy.
Your energy is the most important resource you have as a leader.
Facing fear requires bravery.
Storytelling requires authenticity.
In the Process: From Here to There
Their is no progress in ministry until you submit to the process.
We need to stop saying World, discover me, and start saying God, develop me.
Anointing is not an excuse to not go through the process of leadership.
You are not gifted as you think you are if you have to tell people you are gifted.
The process of leadership includes good stewardship where we are now.
You know you are a leader if you go somewhere and people follow.
Speaker: Patrick Lencioni
Topic: Quiet: The Advantage
Patrick Lencioni spoke on, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else. Organizational health is the single greatest competitive advantage in business. There are two requirements for success:
- Be Smart
- Smart, Marketing, Finance, Technology
- 98% of leaders focus on being a smart organization.
- Be Healthy
- Minimal Politics
- Minimal Confusion
- High Morale
- High Productivity
- Low Turnover
Healthy organizations include: results, accountability, commitment, conflict and trust. Remember, any organization that wants to make a difference in anything it does must be healthy. Additionally, there are 4 disciplines of a healthy organization:
- Build a Cohesive Leadership Team
- Team members must be behaviorally aligned.
- Mastering the Five Behaviors of a Healthy Team
- Trust - Completely vulnerable and open with one another. Team members given permission to say the last 10%. The role of the leader is to go first. Vulnerability based trust is key in building a healthy team. The truth is, people will walk through walls for leaders that are true and human.
- Conflict - Conflict is nothing but the pursuit of truth, but conflict without trust is politics. Relationships are built from the recovery of difficult moments.
- Commitment - Force clarity and find closure.
- Accountability - On a great team peers hold one another accountable. If we love our team members, we owe it to them to enter the danger of holding them accountable.
- Results - Focus on collective outcomes.
- Create Clarity
- Example: Dunder Mifflin Mission Statement
- A mission statement is not how to identify clarity within an organization. Here are 6 clarity questions to help:
- Why do we exist? Core Purpose – “Sometimes why you exist is has nothing to do with what you do, it’s why you do it.” Knowing why you exist guides every decision. Sometimes why you exist has nothing to do with what you do or sell.
- How do we behave? Core Values – Identify two to three values which accurately capture the essence of your church. Avoid aspirational values, values you wished described your church. Do NOT violate your core values.
- What do we do?
- How will we succeed? Strategy – Accessible to everyone. Myriad of organizational decisions that separate from other organizations.
- What is most important, right now?
- Who must do what?
- Over Communicate Clarity
- If people can’t imitate you when you are not around, you’re not communicating enough.
- Consistently and clearly communicate why you exist to your staff and members.
- Reinforce Clarity
- Build organizational systems built around your values. Your systems will uphold and reinforce your values.
- Why do you exist? Yes, every church is called to glorify God and make disciples. However, every church is uniquely designed by God. How you live out the Great Commission as a church must be defined by who you are in your pure DNA.
- Focus more on health rather than ministry busyness.
- Healthy Teams = Healthy Organizations. Be very selective who is on your team. Use core values to shape your hiring.
- Oftentimes church leaders focus on ministry development, worship programming, event planning, etc. Church leaders need to focus on being a healthy organization, first.
- Churches struggle with core values. Why? They imitate other churches. They attempt to be all things to all people.
- Based on your values, sometimes you need to ask people to leave your church staff. It’s the best thing for them & the church.
- You cannot be all things to all people. To be all things to all people is to be nothing to no one. Your church needs a strategy. A strategy based on 3 Strategic Anchors. Anchors = 3 ways your church is drastically different than any other church.
Speaker: Andy Stanley
Topic: The Making of a Leader
God makes leaders. Circumstances make leaders. Life makes leaders.
Information and insight alone do no not make a leader.
Leaders don’t always see opportunity first, but they are the first to seize it.
What makes a leader a leader is their response to -
- Unexpected Opportunity
- Unavoidable Adversity - Adversity makes leaders.
- Unquestionable Calling
It’s not God’s calling that makes you a leader. It’s your response to that call that makes you a leader.
When you look back on the things that made you a leader, you will talk about the adversity. Not podcasts, speakers, conferences.
God is making you a leader right now, respond well.
Response to opportunity, adversity & calling determine how God uses us. We control nothing … Except our response.
The greatest thing you may do as a parent or leader is not what you do but who is watching you do what you do.
Influence is greater than any title or position.
It is better to make a difference than make a point.
God does more shaping in times of adversity than any other context.
You have no idea of what hangs in the balance of your response to adversity. Your response will make you into a leader.
A leader who leaves the known for the unknown.
The experience guests encounter with church is directly connected to your church brand. Guest experiences play a significant roll in the perception people capture in their minds. This perception shapes what they think about your church. The good news is you can improve your guest experiences without spending a dime. You don’t have to have state of the art parking centers and interactive lobby displays to create a welcoming environment for your first time guests. Sure guests are wowed by technology, but they are wooed by people.
Here are 3 easy steps you can take to be sure your guests feel right at home from the street to the seat:
#1 – Help Your Guests Before They Arrive
Use your website to provide easy to find information about what your guests can expect.
- A First Time Guest targeted website landing page
(ie: www.yourchurchname.org/FirstTimeGuest) is the easiest way to help your guests find the information they are looking for.
- In one simple click, they will find:
- Worship Service Times
- Dress Attire
- Children and Youth Ministry Information
- Welcome Video from Pastor
- Links to Beliefs, Events and Other Opportunities
#2 – Make Parking a Memorable and Pleasant Experience
When it comes to parking your guests, think DisneyWorld, not the DMV.
- Signage is key. It should be clear and concise.
- Have a professional and friendly parking team.
- Genuinely welcome guests as they get out of their car and ask if they need any information.
#3 – Create Three Easy Steps to the Worship Center
Finding the balance between being welcoming and overbearing is key. Believe it or not you can over-greet first time guests, which comes across disingenuous. Use these three landmarks when thinking through a comfortable transition from street to their seat:
- Front Door Greeters. Greeters should be looking out the front doors (not talking to each other) and should step toward the guest, make eye contact, shake hands and say “Good Morning.” This is not the time to pass out advertisements for upcoming events.
- Welcome Center Greeters. Volunteers should personally walk the guests to where they need to go next, whether it’s the children’s area, student area, or even the worship center. First time guests should never be pointed toward anywhere, but should have a personal escort combined with a friendly conversation.
- Worship Stage Announcement. This is most likely your last chance to welcome your guests. Seize the moment to give them a genuine welcome and tell them what you want them to do next.
- Fill out a guest card
- Visit the Welcome Center for a free gift
- Visit your website. Point them to a targeted landing page for “After Your First Visit” instructions or information. (ie: www.YourChurchName.org/AfterYourFirstVisit)
What 3 things can you do this week to enhance your Guest experience?
Individuals assume the role of pastor to take spiritual care of people. That’s why the majority of a pastor’s time should be spent engaging with people. Whether it’s over coffee, at lunch, in one-on-one sessions or through social media, the point of your work is people. The point is NOT to sit in meetings. So the question we ask today: Are meetings killing your ministry?
You were called into ministry to pastor and lead people. The most important thing you can do is engage people. That is your number-one goal. I have found both in working with ministries and working as a full-time staff member in a church that – like so many organizations today – churches and ministries hold A LOT of meetings. And many times, these meeting are not very successful or productive. The goal needs to be: Reduce or eliminate meeting time and instead spend that time focused on engaging people.
Don’t let your valuable time slip away.
Meetings are the worst kind of interruptions. Why? Because leaders must invest a lot of preparation time to lead great meetings. Unfortunately, most leaders do not have a lot of time to prepare. That lack of preparation means they do not have a defined and streamlined agenda to keep the meeting focused and moving forward. As a result, meetings tend to be haphazard and devoid of definitive action.
Perhaps the biggest time killer of all is the way meetings procreate. One meeting leads to another meeting that leads to another meeting. And on and on and on… If you think about it, meetings are extremely expensive. For example: When you invite ten people to an hour-long meeting, that really means 10 hours are being gobbled up – not just one hour. That’s 10 hours of productivity, salary, resources and time devoted to a single meeting.
6 Tips for Holding Effective Meetings
While you can’t eliminate meetings altogether, you can work to make your meeting time more valuable and effective. Here are six ways to have a great meeting:
- Limit the number of people you invite. You want to keep meetings as small as possible. Ideally less than eight people per meeting. Less than eight gives everyone a chance to voice their opinions, while still allowing you to keep the meeting moving in the right direction. Too many voices can cause a meeting to quickly derail and lose its focus.
- Have a detailed agenda. It’s important that you send the agenda out to all the attendees two days in advance. This will allow your attendees to review the agenda and prepare on their own ahead of time. It also gives them time to compose any thoughts they may want to share. Sending the agenda ahead of time can also help you delete items that may not be necessary based on attendee feedback.
- Always start on time. I once worked under a very effective leader who was notorious for locking the door. If a meeting was scheduled to start at 9 a.m., he would lock the door at 9 a.m. If you were late, you did not enter the meeting. Needless to say, everyone learned very quickly to arrive on time. Advocate your people showing up 5 minutes before the meeting as a habit.
- Set a timer. Literally put out a timer. Whether on your iPhone, an alarm clock, a watch or even a baking timer, make sure a time limit is set. If the meeting is set for 30 minutes, set the timer for 30 minutes. If it’s scheduled for an hour, set the timer for an hour. When that timer goes off, the meeting is done. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Everybody should agree the meeting ends when the timer sounds.
- Begin the meeting by defining a problem. If you can, hold the meeting at the site of the problem. For example: If the problem is you are not engaging guests well on Sunday mornings, go to the place or the site where the experience of the guest begins. Have the meeting at that location. That way you can see and address the problem in a more tangible manner.
- Be decisive. Make sure that you end the meeting with a solution. Map out action steps and assign responsibilities to bring the solution to reality. Make a decision. By making a decision, you create momentum to make other decisions and the organization accelerates in the right direction.
Follow these tips to make your meeting time more efficient and effective. Besides optimizing your meeting time, make sure as pastors and leaders you work to: (1) limit the amount of meetings you hold; and (2) increase the amount of time you spend engaging people. Remember, reaching people is your ultimate mission. Do not allow meetings to kill your ministry.
John Ortberg spoke on, A Leader of Unimaginable Influence
- You cannot look at a map and not see the impact of Jesus.
- We argue about Christianity rather than marveling about Jesus.
- We are stewards of the movement of Christ.
- The most influential movements was started by Jesus.
- The way we think about history is forever changed by Jesus.
- Jesus shaped how we express compassion.
- The Jesus movement shaped education.
- Jesus changed how we think about human rights and dignity.
- Jesus uniquely taught love of enemies.
- The question is not who was this man, it is who is this man?
- The reason we must marvel at this man is that His work is not done yet.
- Do you spend more time debating Christianity or marveling about Jesus?
- Are you consistently and Biblically teaching about the life and ministry of Jesus?
Mario Vega spoke on, Leading Through the Anguish of Tough Decisions
- There are defining moments in the life of a man that reveal his character. 1 Samuel 15:34-16:1
- When a person engages in dishonest living they reveal their lack of character.
- Leaders are defined by the ongoing decisions they make.
- God is not interested in sacrifice, but in obedience.
- Those who allow themselves the liberty of moral failure, open the door for future greater failures to come.
- As leaders we are not only responsible for our own actions, but also the actions of those we influence.
- Obviously, church leaders are not immuned from moral failure. It is critical we establish boundaries.
- Before, during or after ASK for help.
Pranitha Timothy is the Director of Aftercare, International Justice Mission in Chennai, India
Pranitha shared a powerful and vulnerable testimony of fighting through adversities in boarding schools, brain tumor and loss of speech. God healed Pranitha’s heart before healing her body. After a heart transformation, God healed Pranitha and her voice was restored. She now rescues children and women from trafficking in India (her homeland). Here presentation is filled with many quotes and thoughts on dealing with pain and hurt. Her heart is contagious and encouraging to bring hope wherever you are by living on mission.
Courage to Act
- Our voice may be feeble, but it is powerful in His hands.
- Physical pain can remind us of our need for God.
- Our pain constantly reminds us that we need God.
- We are called to serve becuase our lives belong to God and He is always good.
- Pranitha endured trials, pain and hurt. God healed her heart. She is radically committed to Christ’s call upon her life. In ministry, leaders face similar and different trials. It is essential for our hearts to be healed by God. Allowing God to heal our hearts allows us to radically commit to our callings.
- Remember, when times are difficult, God is good. Gossip swirls, financial support decreases, relational struggles, etc. Remember, God is good.
- We must regularly communicate the sense of urgency in radically living out our callings to ourselves and church members. Time is of the essence and Jesus is deserving of our total allegiance and attention.