Monday, December 19, 2016

4 Leadership Courses, 70 Documents, Round Tables, And An Annual Plan For Pastors And 10 Friends

There are two issues in church I see all the time.
Problem #1: The church isn’t growing the way it should. There are lots of possible reasons for this – some of them are spiritual and some of them are organizational.
Problem #2: People aren’t engaged the way you want.  Sometimes it’s giving, sometimes it’s serving and sometimes it’s inviting.  Seriously, “How do we get our people to invite,” is one of the most common questions I get.
When I was in church leadership, I wrestled with both of those problems.
Now if you’re one of those people who don’t believe we have any part to play in church growth, you can delete this email.  It’s not for you.
I think we all want the church to grow.  In size, in health, in depth.  All of it.
That’s why my friends at Church Fuel have put together a program to address these issues head on.  They have spent the last few months making it better, and it’s even more affordable now.
Well, it’s more affordable for the next 8 days but then the price is going up.
The program is called Church Fuel One.
So for this week only, they are opening up registration, including an amazing bonus and inviting you to join the community and I wanted to share it with you.
Here’s what Church Fuel One members get….
#1 – You’ll get ALL FOUR COURSES they’re releasing in 2017.  Sure, they will sell these individually for $297 each, but their members will get full access to every one of them.  Here’s the release schedule:
How to Recruit Volunteers Across Every Ministry (releases January)
How to Start a Brand New Ministry in Your Church (releases in April)
Preaching Sermons that Stick (releases in July)
Launching Another Service (releases in October)
All of these courses include videos, documents, and 90-day action guides.  And as a Church Fuel One member, you’ll get them ALL.
#2 – You’ll get access to the RESOURCE LIBRARY.  Right now, there are 70+ documents, templates and examples.  Plus, if there’s something you need, all you have to do is ask.  This resource library is your go-to place when you need any document.
#3 – You’ll get access to OFFICE HOURS and members only ROUND TABLES.  Previously, this was a benefit reserved for premium members.  But we’re including it for everyone in 2017.  This is when you can jump on a real call and talk to a real person.
#4 – You can add up to TEN PEOPLE from your team.  Staff, leaders and key volunteers can get their own login and access to the membership area.  This is at no additional cost and available for the first time ever.
And all of this is just $299 for an entire year.  That’s not a monthly price…that’s for one full year’s access to all of these resources.
Plus, for the next 7 days, they’re including a resource that can really help your church have an incredible year.  It’s called “Creating an Annual Plan” and it’s going to help you get your church on the same page and heading in the same direction.
The course comes with three coaching videos and three powerful templates.
It starts by helping you create a one page ministry plan.  It’s like a business plan for your church.
Then they’ll walk you through how EVERY MINISTRY creates their own supporting version.  This will get every ministry aligned and focused.
Finally, they’ll put it all together on an annual calendar that will make sure you’re doing the right things at the right times in 2017.
This course is really powerful, and it’s being included right now for everyone who joins Church Fuel One.  You’ll get immediate access to this so you can start working on your 2017 annual plan.
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10 Traits Of Organizations That People Admire

“Everyone wants to be told they’re pretty!” – former co-worker
Every leader I know wants to head up a team, department or organization that people admire.  We all want to make a significant impact and see our influence increase.  The question becomes exactly how do you become an admired organization?
Earlier this month, the Chicago Cubs snapped their record 108-year championship drought in an epic 7-game World Series victory over the Cleveland Indians.  They are now the envy of every organization in baseball.
In the November 8th edition of the USA Today, writer Bob Nightengale discussed the Cubs’ success and how others are attempting to replicate it.  As I read his article, I gleaned the following are 10 Traits Of Organizations That People Admire:
  1. Organizations That People Admire Are Mimicked By Other Organizations – New York Yankees general manager Mark Cashman said, “Everybody would like to get where the Cubs are now.”
  2. Organizations That People Admire Feel Good About Their Direction – Cashman adds, “the Cubs are sitting on something I know they feel really good about and feel good about everything moving forward.”
  3. Organizations That People Admire Have Young Talent – In one World Series game, the Cubs had six players 25 years old and younger in their starting lineup.
  4. Organizations That People Admire Have Proven Leadership – Of Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Yankees special assistant Jim Hendry said, “Nobody in this world could have done a better job than Theo.  To do it in Boston and then in Chicago, two places where it never happened, Theo has proven to be a cut above everyone.”
  5. Organizations That People Admire Hire Top Talent – Hendry added, “You still have got to make deadline trades that worked out admirably for them and get the right guys in the draft.”
  6. Organizations That People Admire Expect Excellence From Their Employees – New Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said, “There’s an intensity about Theo Epstein and the way he pushes his employees.  He demands excellence for them…”
  7. Organizations That People Admire Challenge The Status Quo – Hazen adds, “(He) challenges everything, no matter how small.”
  8. Organizations That People Admire Place High Importance On Small Details – Hazen continues, “Nothing is unimportant to Theo.  No detail is unimportant.  I think that’s a really positive attribute that he has.” 
  9. Organizations That People Admire Must Retain Their Top Talent – Cashman remembered the Yankees dynasty which won four World Series in five years from 1996 to 2000.  He said, “We had a nice dynasty…We had a collection of talent, and we were able to hold it together for quite some time.  It’s part of our history and something to be proud of.”
  10. Organizations That People Admire Have The Very Best Leaders – Hendry concludes, “These things all go in cycles but the guy running the Cubs is pretty special.  And as long as he’s there, they’re not going away.  You hear everybody saying they’re going to get the next Theo.  Well, it hasn’t happened yet.”
What is one thing from this list you learned which will make you a better leader?
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Are you a Mary or a Martha Leader? Take this Quiz to Find Out

Are you a Mary or a Martha Leader? Take this Quiz to Find Out

One of the most famous stories in the Bible describes Jesus’ visit to the home of Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus whom Jesus raised from the dead. The story contrasts two kinds of living and leading: one a frenzied, driven style shown by Martha and the other a reflective style seen in Mary whom Jesus commended. In this post I include a personal inventory a leader can take to discover his or her leadership style.
leadership Greg McKeown who authored the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less captures Mary’s style with his definition of what he calls an essentialist.
“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage. In other words, Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless (p. 7).”
I’ve included Luke’s account of Jesus’ visit below and follow it with a 10 statement self-assessment you can take to discover which of the two styles your leadership is most like. I’ve based the assessment from insights I drew from the story.
Luke 10:38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Martha or Mary Leadership Style Inventory

As you take the assessment, grade yourself in this way.
  • If the statement is never true of you, give yourself a ‘0.’
  • If it’s sometimes true of you, give yourself a ‘1.’
  • If it’s often true of you, give yourself a ‘2.’
  1. The urgent often crowds out the important. 
    • Martha’s busyness in the kitchen caused her to miss what was most important.
  1. Projects often take precedence over people. 
    • Martha’s project and busyness to make a meal trumped being present with Jesus. Author and pastor Chuck Swindoll writes, “Busyness rapes relationships. It substitutes shallow frenzy for deep friendship. It promises satisfying dreams, but delivers hollow nightmares. It feeds the ego, but starves the inner man. It fills the calendar, but fractures the family. It cultivates a program, but plows under priorities. (Killing Giants, Pulling Thorns, p. 79)
  1. Everything has to be done perfectly.
    • A simple meal would have sufficed for Jesus, but not for Martha.
  1. You feel a nagging feeling of oughtness.
    • Martha had to attend to the details that had to be made.
  1. You often show insensitivity and impatience toward other people.
    • Martha yelled at Jesus for not sending Mary into the kitchen to help.
  1. You feel resentment about others who aren’t as driven.
    • The story reveals Martha’s resentment toward Mary’s lack of helping her prepare the meal.
  1. You convey a demanding spirit with others.
    • Martha demanded that Jesus tell Mary to help.
  1. You have difficulty concentrating on one thing at a time.
    • The scripture uses the word worried to describe an agitated state of mind which certainly inhibited her ability to concentrate and focus.
  1. Delays easily frustrate you.
    • Ditto what I’ve written above about Martha’s response.
  1. You often experience sunset fatigue.
    • This term sunset fatigue comes from John Ortberg. He describes it as coming to the end of your day with no energy for important things like being present for your family. Martha must have been exhausted after Jesus’ visit, not because of Jesus’ presence, but because of her misplaced priorities.
How did you do? Here’s the scoring key.
  • If you scored 0-3, you’re in good shape.
  • If you scored 4-6, take 2 baby aspirin.
  • If you scored 7-12, take 2 extra strength Tylenol.
  • If you scored 12-20, you might need Valium.
If you found yourself more like Martha than Mary, consider three ways to counter a Martha driven leadership style.
  1. Slow down your pace of leadership. Once when the pace got too frenetic, Jesus told his disciples to get away to a quiet place and rest (Mark 6.31). Slowing down involves not just slowing our physical pace, but our mental pace as well.
  2. Reflect more often to discover what is most essential. Martha was in such a rush that she failed to reflect upon what was most important at that very moment, being with Jesus. Jesus preferred her company over her service at that moment. Life will not automatically arrange itself into the correct priorities. We must regularly stop to reflect so we don’t miss what’s most important.
    • McKeown tells a story in his book that illustrates this idea. He tells about a man whose three-year-old daughter died. In his grief the dad put together a video of her short life. But as he went through all of his home videos he realized something was missing. He had taken video of every outing they had gone on and every trip they had taken. He had lots of footage. That wasn’t the problem. He then realized that while he had plenty of footage of the places they had gone— the sights they had seen, the views they had enjoyed, the meals they had eaten, and the landmarks they had visited— he had almost no close-up footage of his daughter herself. He had been so busy recording the surroundings he had failed to record what was essential (p. 236).
  1. Put first things first. Jesus told Martha that “One thing is needed.” Sometimes we simply must narrow our choices to put first things first. The word priority kept its singular focus until the 1900’s when we pluralized the term. We often need to step back from the pace of life and leadership to make sure we have prioritized what is truly most important, keeping ourselves moored to Jesus as we lead.
As Jesus said, “Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
What has helped you become more of a Mary leader?
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6 Ways to Add Interest to your Leadership Training Meetings

6 Ways to Add Interest to your Leadership Training Meetings

There are good meetings and there are bad meetings. I’ve been in and led both kinds. I once attended a webinar lecture that was definitely a ‘good’ meeting. The facilitator used a technique that leaders can use to increase attention and retention in their leadership training meetings. Here’s what she did in that training meeting that you can try to improve yours.
3D render of meeting room with projection screen and conference table
First, some background about my state of mind as the meeting began. Drowsy from a poor night’s sleep and in a brain fog because of too many carbs for lunch, I forced myself to log in for my class. Had I been given a choice, I would have taken a nap instead. My attention level was low. However, the professor used several simple techniques to rouse my attention. As a result, I learned a lot from the lecture.
On one power point slide she printed a single URL. She cued up the slide in this way. She said we were about to do an exercise that required us to focus for 30 seconds on people in the video who wore white shirts and were throwing a ball to each other. We were to count the number of times they passed the ball. She also commented that most people’s attention span lasts only 12 seconds.
Immediately part of my brain alerted other parts to pay attention because something was about to happen. These internal dynamics helped elevate my attention with a shot of norepinephrine, a brain chemical related to adrenalin. In this 30 second exercise she literally used 6 techniques that woke me and helped me learn better.
  1. Curiosity: The exercise woke up the part of my brain that is drawn to novelty. Novel things get our attention more easily than common things.
  2. Challenge: I was drawn into the lecture by the prospect of competition with others and with myself. I now wanted to learn.
  3. Motivation: The 12-second rule motivated me. I thought to myself, I know I can pay attention longer than that.
  4. Relevance: Related to the challenge, not only was I good with numbers but the exercise was relevant to the current topic about attention.
  5. Anticipation: In anticipation I sat up in my chair, opened my eyes wider, and felt my heart rate elevate.
  6. Satisfaction: After the exercise, I felt good because I had beaten the odds and gotten the right answer. This good feeling was due to the increase of another neurotransmitter, dopamine, which makes us feel good when it enters our brain’s pleasure center.
The next time you schedule a leadership meeting, try to use several of these simple techniques to increase attention and thus improve learning.
What techniques have you tried that have helped enhance your leadership meetings?
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Want a Crazy Early Jumpstart on 2017?

I’m a little freaked at how quickly 2016 has flown by. Didn’t I just take my Christmas lights down?! This has been the fastest year ever...
Have you had an amazing year of accomplishing all that you hoped for? Or has procrastination, lack of clarity and election fatigue thrown you off course a little?
Our team has been meeting this week working on goals and plans for 2017. My mind and prayers are soaring with the possibilities the New Year holds for life and mission.
I’ll help you prepare for this year in this post and video...
Want a Crazy Early Jumpstart on 2017?
3 Things to Avoid and 5 Treasures to Measure

It is FAR TOO EASY to fall into the trap of not taking the time to be intentional and truly assess where we are at in all of life before heading into the next year...
Here are some things I’ve learned–and I’m relearning–as we turn an eye toward next year: [click here to read more and get my free planning/evaluation tool]
Let’s get started early on this!


The Power of Focus

The Power of Focus

Nov 18, 2016 09:53 am | Mike Glenn

“Pay attention!” “Eyes on the board!” “Where’s your head?”
photo-1473308822086-710304d7d30c I heard all of these (and many more!) when I was growing up. I had (OK, have) a very short attention span. Focusing on anything for any length of time has always been a challenge to me. If I’m going to study for a sermon, I’ve got several tricks I use to make sure my attention stays where it needs to. Some days, I’m more successful than I am on other days.
Not paying attention is a growing and dangerous problem in our culture. People drive and text. Others try to carry on conversations while they check social media. Meeting attendees check email and work on other projects while they’re supposed to be paying attention to the meeting they’re in.
One of the places this lack of attention is so destructive is our marriages. Trying to listen to your wife and watch TV doesn’t work. Listening to your husband while you scroll through Facebook actually shuts down communication. It doesn’t enhance it.
We have enough studies to know one thing for sure: we don’t multi-task well. In fact, most of us can only do one thing at a time.
And that is especially true in our marriages. We can only do one thing at a time. We can only focus on one thing at a time.
So, when it’s time to focus on your marriage, put down everything else and focus on your marriage. Turn off the TV, unplug your gadgets, and focus on each other. Look into her eyes and turn your body to squarely face each other. Listen—with your whole self—listen! Listen not only to the words, but to how the words are said. Listen not only to what words are used, but how the way they’re used changes or shapes their meanings.
You notice things when you pay attention. You pick up on small details you had overlooked before. You learn things and discover things that have been there all of the time.
Focus will do the same thing to your marriage. So, pay attention. Focus. Who knows? You may find another reason you fell in love in the first place.
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How To Calculate The True Cost Of Hiring An Employee

For many churches and businesses, their number one expense is their staff. Even if you don’t offer benefits or paid vacation, there are a number of other expenses associated with hiring employees.
Some of these costs include Social Security Tax, Medicare Tax, Federal Unemployment Tax, State Unemployment Tax, Workers Compensation Insurance, etc.  Add these to Health, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurances, Bonuses, 401k, and paid time off, and you can see that the “true cost” of hiring an in-house employee can be a lot more than you originally thought or budgeted for.

That’s why the team at MAG Bookkeeping has designed a simple calculator that can help you get an idea of what that “true hiring cost” might look like.

And we’d like to share it with you for free!

Click Here to Download our Employee Burden Calculator

Also click HERE or on the image to the left and as a free gift for subscribing to this site, you can receive my new Ebook 1269 Leadership Quotes: Timeless Truths From 2016’s Top Christian Leadership Conferences.  Featured are the Johnny Hunt Mens Conference, ReThink Leadership, Orange and Leadercast Conferences among others.  If applied, these insights will make you an exponentially better leader.  Enjoy!!!