Saturday, November 14, 2009

Does Egalitarianism Imperil The Gospel?

Please take a few moments and listen carefully to C. J. Mahaney of Sovereign Grace Ministries. He reminds us that Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is not a secondary issue for Pastors and strongly declares that confusion on the issue threatens the Gospel. I whole heartily concur. [rgh]

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Five Questions Leaders Should Ask

Perry Noble has been posting some great leadership principles that are reflective of seasoned experience and accumulated wisdom. May we be wise enough to heed his good counsel. Hopefully, you will recognize a few of these from our Redeemed Community days. [rgh]

One of the things I have learned as a leader over the past few years is that leaders do NOT always have the answer…so…we need to learn how to ask questions. Here are five that have helped me out in my journey so far…

#1 – “What Do You Think?”

Whenever someone brings a problem to my attention and wants to know how to handle it…I always ask them this question before I offer what I may think is a solution. (If you always have to be the one to solve problems…your church is in BIG trouble!).

The reason for asking this question is…I want to see if the person who brought the problem to me is a leader or not. You see, if he/she is a leader….then they have already figured out the solution that needs to be put into place.

If you ask this question to a person often…and they never have an answer for what they think should be done…then most likely you don’t have a leader.

A leader is BEGGING for his/her opinion to be heard…and this question can allow some unbelievable leadership potential to be unleashed in your organization!

#2 – “When Do You Need An Answer?”

Often times leaders will ask for your opinion/advice/permission when it comes to something in their area. Unfortunately, I have made the mistake many times of telling someone I would get back with them and not understanding the urgency of their request for some input.

So…I’ve learned that when someone seeks my advice one of the BEST things I can do is ask them when they need an answer…that tells me whether or not I have time to think about it…or if I need to immediately seek the Holy Spirit’s help and just give them the thought that He brings to mind.

#3 – “How Would BLANK Handle This Situation?”

Often times as leaders we get so emotionally tied to a situation that it clouds our ability to make the right decision. SO…a few years ago whenever I was faced with a very emotional BUT necessary decision I would ask, “If Andy Stanley or Craig Groeschel were staring at this situation and had to make a decision…what would they do?” (Or you could say – WWAD or WWCD!)

Why Andy and Craig…because they are two leaders who I believe God is using to change the world and make a difference. They have both mentored me and I highly respect them both as men of God and as pastors/leaders.

I can honestly say that there have been times that I’ve been stuck and this question has brought clarity to the situation.
SO…pick a leader you know and admire…and put their name in the blank.

#4 – “Who/What Area Will Be The Most Impacted By This Decision?”

The reason for this question is simple…no matter how your leadership process is set up…if someone on your staff (or an entire area) is going to be impacted by the decision that is made…then that someone (or a rep from that area) needs to be included in the decision making process.

If people are more involved in the decision making process…it is WAY easier for them to buy in.

#5 – “How Many Times Have We Dealt With This Issue?”

I saw a sign the other day that said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get different results.”

When a leadership team has to continually wrestle with the same issue…continually makes the same decision…constantly experiences the same frustration and then goes through the cycle again…insanity has began to reign supreme.

If I just described your leadership meetings…then SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE. What? I’m not sure…but I am sure that the way you’ve been trying to handle it isn’t working…so something new needs to be embraced.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

How Does Adultery Happen?

"It begins in a variety of places--at church or at work, with a neighbor or with a friend--but it always starts with walls and windows.

This is what I mean: anytime you are talking with a person of the opposite sex, and you start to veer into inappropriate conversational territory, what happens is that you open up a window with them. And every time you open up a window with someone of the opposite sex, you build a wall between you and your spouse."

Read the full article by Jimmy Evans :

Monday, November 2, 2009

Leadership Reality Check!

The Barna study interviewed 1,736 individuals who qualified as leaders. Those individuals were then evaluated in relation to 15 core leadership competencies. The results indicated that the three competencies which leaders struggle with the most all relate to developing the tools needed to succeed.

Specifically, leaders are most likely to have difficulties developing the tangible resources (e.g., funds, personnel, facilities) needed to accomplish plans; developing the skills of other leaders to facilitate more effective organizational performance; and developing the systems required to efficiently complete the tasks at hand. Each of those dimensions encompasses a variety of tasks and efforts.

According to the research, the specific behaviors that leaders do most poorly include:

>Negotiating agreements that maximize benefits at minimal cost.
>Attracting new resources to the organization – especially human and financial capital.
>Developing and implementing individualized developmental plans for emerging leaders.
>Nurturing robust relationships with existing colleagues, demonstrating sufficient care and attention to their needs.

The research also discovered that leaders sometimes perceive themselves to be more effective at specific aspects of leading than their performance suggests.

...Barna noted:

“Many of the master leaders concurred that if you are called by God to lead and you have the quality of character that motivates people to follow you, you can succeed because the competencies required can be learned,” he commented.

“Toward that end, it is invaluable to have one or more proven leaders who take you under their wing and systematically coach you in the kinds of skills you need.”