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We are 29 weeks into our COVID journey and there are some data points that are solidifying. Notice the following:•Church Attendance Pre-COVID – 52% lower; 32% equal; 17%increasing•Giving Pre-COVID – 27% dn.; 56% same; 17% increased•Projected Overall Post-COVID – 51% decrease; 27% same; 17% growth What can be stated about these data points? While gr…
 
The “Call of God” to pastoral ministry has taken a huge hit in the last 28 weeks of COVID. This results in a huge impact in churches. 58% of pastors state they feel confident their church will survive 12 months from now. You might say, at least this is a majority! However, this is not all that reassuring since 1-in-3 churches will close their doors…
 
COVID will not propel spiritual growth – When we started this journey the majority of Faith Leaders felt the COVID experience in our nation would turn people’s hearts toward spiritual renewal and revival. The data has dropped from 50% believing it would cause a renewal to presently there are only a few that still hold to that belief. WOW! This is s…
 
I want to start this Podcast with some data points for context. Pre-COVID 3 of 5 Youth were walking away from the church. This is a fact that many did not even realize. Many leaders were tone deaf because of their own echo chamber – Everything is OK here! Millennials and Gen-Zers live a boundary-driven world. They have broader associations and worl…
 
We will take a look at five trends—illuminated by decades’ worth of Barna research, including studies conducted during the COVID-19 response—about engaging with and discipling the next generation. The Church Must Help Younger Generations Navigate Screen Time – Reports confirm that Millennials and Gen Z’s are spending an increased mount of time in f…
 
How are you doing at week #18 of our COVID journey? I trust that you have a support network of close friends and other leaders. I have prayed for you today! Our COVID journey is turning out to be far more than anyone could have imagined. There are 60% of churches in America that are now open with precautions in place. Re-opening is proving to be fa…
 
Covid seems to be the gift that keeps on giving! Here are some data points for review. •23% of families have been severely impacted – There is a need for holistic family systems training. •Top Pastoral emotions for the week: 18% anxious, 14% tired, 35% hopeful, 48% state that Kids and Youth Ministry are top priorities. •78% of parents are stressed …
 
I want to begin this podcast with a challenge to pray for our faith leaders across America. The pressure is intense and very real for these leaders. Everything we have ever known about church and its practice has been stood on its head. Would you leave a comment below and let’s togetherbuild a prayer force on behalf of our spiritual leaders. Spirit…
 
As of week #15 in the COVID-19 journey there is only 50% of churches that have re-opened with protective cautions. Just let that data point settle into your thinking for just a minute. Honestly, things are not going as well as initially thought. After allowing this fact to settle in consider also – 4 weeks ago 3% of pastors stated they would consid…
 
Layered Disruptions is the mark of 2020. In turn this has increased the pressure of performance and pressure on our most sacred relationships. In week #17 of our COVID journey there are a number ofpoints to discuss regarding Pastoral Vulnerability. Vulnerability is something that ministers do not do very well. There is one generational thought of y…
 
As the churches of American continue to re-open their doors we are discovering that many people have yet to commit to returning to regular live church services. In fact it is almost a guessing game for some leaders. Barna Research has been polling the faith community for decades. They have put forth a special effort during our pandemic journey on a…
 
We are now into our 15th week of the COVID journey in our world. We have data that is showing the various highs and lows on this 15-week journey. What is emerging is the Hybrid Church – a combination of In-Person and Online church services. For me this has been a fascinating study of the changing emotions of church leaders. For example….. •Week #1 …
 
I looked again. I saw a huge crowd, too huge to count. Everyone was there—all nations and tribes, all races and languages. And they were standing, dressed in white robes and waving palm branches, standing before the Throne and the Lamb and heartily singing: Salvation to our God on his Throne! Salvation to the Lamb! Revelation 7:9-10 Msg. In continu…
 
The Moral Arch of the Universe bends towards Justice – Dr. King Just when you thought that re-opening your church was going to be a breeze, only to find out that you are up against 13 weeks of changed habits in church attendees lives and just when you are about to gain some traction all of a sudden we are faced with RACISM in America. So what is th…
 
I asked a question earlier; What does 9/11 and COVID Pandemic have to do with the Graduating Class of 2020? The answer; They were all born in the 9/11 era in which we faced terrorism on American soil. It was a global Terrorist concern. This class graduated with a Global shut-down due to COVID-19. It is a Biological warfare concern coupled with Raci…
 
At the close of week 10 of the national quarantine and now attempting to reopen the doors of the church, we are experiencing the Good, Bad, and Ugly. WOW, we are witnessing disruption layered on top of disruption. Amad Arbery, George Floyd, Antifa, Anarchist, Confused Media – What are we to make of all the confusion? The pre-existing storyline for …
 
So that we establish a basis for this Podcast, the data sets are from the Barna Group’s study dating back to 2000. This is a 20-year research to measure national trends. YES, these trends may look different in your location, but when taken as a national view, these figures do not lie. So let’s understand the magnitude of this research. Barna Group …
 
We need to begin these insights by stating there was already an interruption that was being felt in the church world pre-pandemic. The church world was on a pathway of disruption with or without Covide-19. That said Barna Research has been on the fore-front of this study. Churches in Canada, USA, and United Kingdom have been part of a weekly snapsh…
 
Some wake up to an alarm. Some wake up to a calling – Unknown 8 Characteristics of A Calling – When it is your calling, you won’t have to chase it. You will be captivated by it. Your Calling Matches Who You Are – No one is ever called called to so something they are not suited to do. Self-awareness is vitally important in finding your calling. I am…
 
If your actions inspire people to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are a transformational leader. I believe in training in leadership. I have vested my 40+ years on Faith-based work of which 34 years investing in others to become leaders. However, so that we do not miss the elephant in the room, let’s understand there is a…
 
The true measure of leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less. The Law of Influence Leadership position does not give someone leadership authority. Having a title is not the same as having influence or moral authority. Harvard Professor Sharer states that moral authority is not easy to define, but you know it when you see it and when you…
 
Our differences can make a positive difference – Maxwell A few years ago in Harvard Business Review they gave a definition of TEAM. “A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, set of performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.” (Katzenbach & Smith, “Th…
 
You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership – Dwight D. Eisenhower Consider the following comparisons on what Directing Vs. Connecting looks like. This is an “AHA” moment. 7 Insights on making this important Leader Shift Humility – Let People Know You Need Them Good Leaders are aware they need others and they ma…
 
If I have seen farther than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants – Isaac Newton John Maxwell articulates four stages to move from being a personal producer to an equipper of others – Ladder climbing to Ladder Building. Ladder Climbing – “How High Can I Go?” Glen Turner stated the hardest challenge of getting to the top of the ladder…
 
Have you ever thought about the expectations of your organization? Think about this for a moment. Are you expected to “hold the line?” Maintain the course? Change direction? Get out of the box? Blow up the box? (John Maxwell). Without sabotaging your organization and the good people you work with, ask yourself right now what zone are you in? At tim…
 
You cannot lead people if you need people. John Maxwell There is a vast difference between conceding that change is inevitable and believing that change is essential. John Maxwell Here are seven insights on shifting from Pleaser to Leader Change your expectations toward leadership – Learn to separate what is best for you versus what is best for the…
 
Value Team-Work Isn’t it interesting that as a challenge escalates the need forteam-work escalates. The true measure of successful leadership is not gettingpeople to work. The true measure of a successful leader is not getting peopleto work harder. The true measure of a successful leader is getting people towork hard together! Team leaders know the…
 
FACE REALITY Here is an interesting definition of a crisis; “When you can’t say, ‘Let’s forget the whole thing.’” John Maxwell. It has been said the leaders first responsibility is to define reality. Peter Drucker stated, “A time of turbulence is a dangerous time, but its greatest danger is a temptation to deny reality.” Hanging on and hoping is no…
 
Strength and growth come through continuous effort and struggle – Napoleon Hill When people begin their leadership journey they typically become enamored with the title and all of the perks associated with it. Reality always sinks into the present moment – people will not always or naturally follow you because of your title. That is more true today…
 
Improving yourself is the first step in improving everything else – Unknown “Goals will help you do better, but growth will help you become better” – John Maxwell 3 Shifts – 7 Challenges Growth Outward to Growth Inward – Growth on the inside first is what will fuel growth on the outside latter. Do not get lost in the numbers and achievements. Growt…
 
he late Zig Ziglar stated years ago you can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. The key question that emerges from this thought is are you a Soloist of a Conductor? Do you want everyone to serve you or are you there to serve others? It is true that one is too small of a number to achieve gre…
 
There is a leadership axiom that says; Fast is faster, forward is shorter. Thomas Edgley also stated that if we do not change we die. We must learn leadership to be successful. For years the principles of management have been taught. The premise has been dependent on stability and known factors. Management has taken stability for granted. Whereas l…
 
The courage to lead is a willingness to take risks for the good of an unknown future. The risks are REAL! It is much easier to tinker with the monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports, but to make decisions with an eye to the distant future is a lot more difficult. Such decisions may cost you dearly in the short-term. It may even cost jobs …
 
If you are not willing to blow up the status quo in your organization, someone else will. A great illustration of this fact would be Walt Disney. He was the first to create animated cartoons with synchronized music and sound. He sold and borrowed on everything to create his Just Cause – allowing people to step out of the work world and step into th…
 
In Podcast Episode #257 I listed four key areas of the Infinite minded leader. Previously we have begun a deeper look into these four areas by starting with our “Just Cause,” followed by “Will and Resources.” In this podcast I want to examine what it takes to have “Trusting Teams.” In order to build Trusting Teams let’s understand the tension that …
 
I want to examine specifically the two types of currency that every organization has at their disposal – Will and Resources. RESOURCES – This currency is easy to calculate and is tangible. We can calculate this by means of revenus, profit, cash flow, venture capital, private equity, store prices and so on. Resources generally come from outside sour…
 
A Just Cause must be……. For Something – it must be affirmative and optimistic. This is something that we believe in versus something that we oppose. As leaders it is easy to rally people against something we oppose – even whipping people into a frenzy. Being for something ignites the human spirit and fills us with hope and optimism. Being against s…
 
Just Cause – The key question is; “What is the big idea/cause for existing?” If we simply remain the same, that will lead to stagnation and death of your organization. Why would we expect anyone to follow us if our cause is “sameness.” Few non-profit organizations make their cause crystal clear to the community in which they serve. What we do as no…
 
WELCOME on this last podcast for 2019. I am so very excited about this podcast today. We are going to set a foundation of information that will help you make a significant paradigm shift in your leadership capability. I want to position you for success! In the business marketplace of ideas the loudest voice on the subject of Infinite Leadership is …
 
I want to give you 5 insights on Personal Growth. Growth is the only guarantee that tomorrow will be better – Here is one fact of life – with each passing day we are growing older. That does not mean that we are getting better. Think about this… Stay inquisitive, if you stop asking questions you start to lose your interest on life. As you grow olde…
 
The genesis of being “self-disciplined goes back to the first century in a word group that means to be self-controlled, to exhibit control over desires and wants. It implies to gain control over areas of our life that will bring success or failure. In leadership, we must first gain control over ourselves first before we can truly be effective in le…
 
Helen Keller was once asked, “What is worse than being born blind?” She responded by saying that being born with sight and yet having no vision! The ability to see first and further than others is a quality of great leaders. As a leader you need to see what others cannot see. As a leader if you cannot see ahead, your team never will. Here are three…
 
Zig Ziglar’s words are as profound today as the day he first said it; “If you help people get what they want they will help you get what you want.” The heart of this statement is all about servant leadership – help others first! If your leadership model is all about getting people to do what you want them to do, Zig’s words are an aggravation to yo…
 
It has been suggested that the single most important aspect of great leaders is to possess a “whatever-it-takes-mindset.” It seems at times that we have created a victim mindset in society. It has been said that a victim is someone who suffers loss at the hands of an other person’s actions. This leaves the person to whine and whimper about it until…
 
In the book Cradles of Eminence, the authors explored the backgrounds of more than 400 successful people. They found that many of these noted people in American history that three-fourths of them came from poverty,broken homes, and difficult parents. They also noted that 75 of 80 writers and 16 of 20 poets watched traumatic psychological drama play…
 
Because people do not mind change, they resist being changed I want to look at some insights on this thought. People feel awkward and self-conscious doing something new – Let’s face the truth, we are more comfortable with old problems than we are with new solutions.. New solutions represent the unknown. Author Marilyn Ferguson stated that it is not…
 
To keep myself on track, I need to remind myself of the importance of character and why it matters. Since I am a person of faith, I have a number of biblical references to remind me of the importance of character and why it matters. Consider the following: Our hearts can be deceptive (Jeremiah 17:9; Psalm 139:23, 24). We can so easily seek leadersh…
 
The one commonality for all leaders is that life is filled with pressure. Pressure will cause us to act in different ways than we might otherwise. When this happens our priorities can become confused and distorted. Consider these insights. We overestimate the importance of most things Too many priorities paralyzes people When small demands are give…
 
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