February 15 News Letter

February 15, 2019 by  
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Under The Elmtree

In This Edition

 

*  R U A Level Five (5) Leader

*  Book Review – Faithful Endurance

*  That Hideous Strength – Cultural Marxism

*  An App for IgniteUS

*  Pastoral Placement – FIT

* Tithe.ly for Ministry Support

*  Whats Ahead?

This Date in History-USS Maine Blows UP

 Pastoral unity Paul speaks of in this passage is Organic 

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Level Five Leadership

 

What is a Level Five Leader? In this News Letter we are endeavoring to answer that question. Why does it matter? The short answer is this. There is a direct correlation between ministry effectiveness and the competence level of the primary leadership in a local church. Leadership is crucial in every organization and this is definitely true in the local church.

 

The definition of level five leadership is accomplished in five characteristics of such leaders. Here is Number #3 – Competence.

 

In this article we focus on Competence.

 

There exists formal research data that reveals that Incompetent Leadership is a major cause of decline in the Evangelical Church. In my work as a Church Consultant my observation and research confirm this to be true.

 

I have often been robustly criticized for including competence in the profile we developed for leaders. Well the opposite is incompetence. God does not delight in incompetence or a lack of excellence. He is worthy of the highest level of competence we can achieve. It is not something we manufacture. We depend completely upon Him and actively seek competence in the execution of ministry that will bring honor and glory to him.

 

When Solomon built the Temple, he sought and enlisted the finest craftsmen available. Paul struggled to always invest his efforts at maximum levels of dependence upon God and to maximize achievement. Competence is not self-sufficiency. On the contrary, true competence is a profound awareness of our total dependence upon God and inter-dependence on one another as we make up the Body of Christ We do well to serve with that mentality.

 

Ex. 36:1-2 Now Bezalel and Oholiab, and every skillful person in whom the LORD has put skill and understanding to know how to perform all the work in the construction of the sanctuary, shall  perform in accordance with all that the LORD has commanded.” Then Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every skillful person in whom the LORD had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him, to come to the work to perform it.

 

1 Kings 7:13-14  Now King Solomon sent and brought Hiram from Tyre. He was a widow’s son from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze; and he was filled with wisdom and understanding and skill for doing any work in bronze. So he came to King Solomon and performed all his work.

 

I Cor. 9:24-27 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

 

All TRUTH is God’s TRUTH. When there is incompetence in leadership roles in the church that church will not accomplish the Great Commission. That church will not effectively make disciples. I urge my readers to honestly assess those that bear the title ‘Leader’ in the church where you worship. Do they lead with competence? Competence is measured by effectively accomplishing purpose. If not, they need to confess, repent, and seek to acquire those skills that enable them to lead with competence.

 

Book Review – Faithful Endurance

 

Book Review – Hansen, Collin. and Robinson, Jeff Sr. Editors Faithful Endurance – The Joy of Shepherding People for a Lifetime. Wheaton IL: Crossway, 2019, 150 pp. $14.99 ISBN # – 978-1-4335-6265-5. Available April 30, 2019.

 

In 20 days, I will mark the fifty (50) year anniversary since I joined the ranks of Elder/Pastor Shepherds. In that time the Lord has graciously taken me to 27 countries around the globe training pastors and church leaders. As a pastor and church Consultant I have labored with hundreds of pastor/shepherds. I have prayed with them, wept with them, and sought to encourage them. I have listened to them and been immersed in their accounts of the joys and challenges of ministry. I could say not only did I care, but, that I understand, having walked some of the same paths. The names and places are different, the struggles in each circumstance are very similar.

 

God is God, people are people, and sin is sin. Sin produces dysfunction and conflict. Elder/Pastors deal with the consequences of this reality. As John Piper properly declared, ‘Brothers we are not Professionals’. However, we do encounter both the joys and hardships of pastoral ministry. This title will equip you to grapple with them. You will do so with integrity, dignity, and competence that honors the Lord.

 

This week (01/22/2019) I met with a young pastor from TN. His question to me was, ‘What advice would you give a young pastor?’ My response was, ‘Go to a church and remain there for life.’ Doing so will require the competence and wisdom to navigate the challenges that every ministry presents. In my mail that afternoon was this title. Providence.

 

Why is this issue important? It has been reported that 5 years after men enter the pastoral ministry, 50% of them leave. 10 years after they enter, 80% of them leave. Obviously knowing the issues and how to deal with them in a godly Christ-honoring manner is vital for longevity. This title provides equipping and insight into how to navigate these turbulent waters and endure. There is JOY in serving Jesus!

 

The contributors to this treasure chest of wisdom are some well-known and some not so well-known pastors. They are Tim Keller, D. A. Carson, Bryan Chapell, and Tom Ascol. Others are Dave Harvey, Mark McCullough, John Stark, and Scott Patty.

 

A key figure in the pantheon of evangelical pastors is John MacArthur. He recently completed 50 years at Grace Community Church in California. The following is his response to a question about threats to persevering in ministry.

 

Pastoring is really an effort to be the instrument of the Spirit of God in the sanctification of God’s people to see them conform to Christ. I often think about the fact that election is purely Gods divine purpose before time, justification is a divine act in a moment, and glorification is a divine act in a moment. And in the biography of every Christian’s life, sanctification is this long, drawn out process of conformity to Christ. And the instrument of that, of course, is the word of God and the Spirit of God through the means of the shepherding of God’s people. (pp. 135-136)

 

George Barna’s research reveals that the most fruitful years of pastoral ministry are years 5 through year 14.3. The average pastoral tenure is 3.5 years. This being the case, pastors seldom reach that period when ministry is most effective. The things that drive them out are covered in this title. There is also sound counsel as to how to stay for the long haul provided by those who exhibit a pattern of significant longevity.

 

I close with two exhortations. 1 – buy this book. 2. – From Jesus himself on the issue of longevity in pastoral ministry Luke 9:62: Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 

That Hideous Strength – Cultural Marxism

 

 

This title is timely, powerful, and presents a compelling profile of Cultural Marxism. You will learn how the tenets of that system have made inroads in the Evangelical Church. On pp. 61-72 the author provides a concise portrait of how the warp speed changes in the American Culture have been accomplished. You will be equipped for the struggle in this realm by purchasing and digesting the content of this title. I appeal for civility in exchanges on this issue.

 

Let it be clearly understood that our hope in the possibility of renewal is squarely grounded, not in our selves, not in history and the fact that it is happened before, but in the power of God demonstrated by the truth of the resurrection of Jesus. . . . This is therefore no time to hang our heads or hide our lights under any bushel for fear that we may be picked on for our refusals to fit in. We are to have no fear. We are to look up. We are to take strength from the fact that we can, because he can. (Os Guinness)

 

An App for IgniteUS

The Radio station that broadcast my radio programs has developed an APP for IgniteUS. The Beta Test began on January 15th. This APP will enable you to get to our web site and other beneficial resources with one click. There are numerous other features to make connecting with us simple and efficient. The features of this APP are basic and beneficial. There are  multiple Bible translations; ESV, NASB, etc.. Our News Letters are posted in chronological order. You may connect those on your friends list and offer them the option of connecting with IgniteUS. In the March 1st  News Letter we will provide the details for you to get this App. Many THANKS to Ron Mosley, Jr. and WKUL 92.1 FM here in Cullman for developing this ministry resource..

 

Pastoral Placement

Leadership is crucial. When a church is seeking a Lead Pastor there are multiple critical areas that must be considered. Tragically the traditional approach to this process has produced brief pastoral tenures (3 1/2 years is the current average) and less than robust effectiveness. It takes about five (5) years for a pastor to earn trust and the willingness of people to embrace the changes ministry requires. Research reveals that churches that ‘go it alone’ in the call process experience a 90-95% failure rate – the man they call is not a FIT! Yet, many persist in repeating the same failed process. A positive and wise trend is to seek the services of a proven Consultant and Process. IgniteUS provides such a service. Our goal is to guide the church to a man that fits the church and the church fits the man. We help churches face reality. We provide testimonials from those who have utilized our services. Contact us @ 800 472 3764 or info@igniteus.net.

 

**WATCH for a 9Marks article in the 9Marks Journal by Dr. David Schrock, (Calvinist Pastors and Non-Calvinist Churches: Candidating, Pastoring, and Moving On) that connects you with the FIT Process! Click on footnote #3 at the bottom of the article. FIT-edness was a key theological principle in the ministry of Jonathan Edwards.,

 

Ministry Support $$

 

We are asking each recipient of this Newsletter to give – $10 a month. These funds enable us to provide  Scholarships to Pastors & Churches.  Our process produces Leaders with Competence that God uses to bring effectiveness to ministry. Join our Support Team! Christ gets the Glory! 

People do not give to a ministry because you have needs. People give because they believe you meet needs and they want to be a significant part of meeting those needs.Leadership Development is crucial and needed.

Financial Support- There are two (2) places on our web site (www.igniteus.net) that make contributing to our ministry simple. Click on the Home Page button labeled DONATE or on the Banner Online Giving. Follow the prompts. The challenge for every 501 c-3 organization always includes fund raising. When the market crashed in 2008 IUS lost $2,000/month in support – a major factor in sustaining ministry. We are seeking an additional $2,000/month in on-going support for fiscal year 2019. This enables us to provide Scholarships for struggling churches to move from decline to effectively making disciples fully formed in the image of Christ in Character & Conduct. You can become a regular donor. THANKS to each one who gives! Appreciated!

 

Pod Cast – THRIVE

 

The title of the Pod Cast is THRIVE. That is our desire for every pastor and every local church. We want you to thrive in making disciples, and developing leaders, all of which is to Glorify Jesus Christ. There is a banner on our web site – - www.igniteus.net – - just click on that banner. This Pod Cast has the potential to reach 35,000 listeners. If you listen and find benefit in the content, encourage folks in your sphere of influence to listen as well, then contact us. THANKS. I want to hear from you; info@igniteus.net or 800 472 3764.

 

The Pod Cast are posted every Tuesday. The ministry of IgniteUS is focused on Leadership Development in the local church. Leadership Network recently completed a survey of hundreds of pastors. They were asked to identify the area in which they most needed assistance. Leadership Development was #1 in all but one category. These posts will inform, encourage, and equip leaders in the local church. Click on the banner on our home page labeled -Thrive.

 

The current series of posts are focused on Level Five (5) Leadership. Are you a Level Five Leader? Do you know why this matters?

 

Whats Ahead?

 

In the next two (2) News Letters I will finish the posts on Level Five (5) Leaders.

 

In the April 1st News Letter I will share an article I am producing on ‘What Needs to Change’ for the Evangelical Church to be effective in reaching lost people, seeing those that are redeemed transformed, and taking the Gospel to the Nations.

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This Date in History

1898 -The U.S. battleship Maine blows up in Havana Harbor, killing 268 sailors and bringing hordes of Western cowboys and gunfighters rushing to enlist in the Spanish-American War.

IgniteUS Newsletter February 1 2019

February 5, 2019 by  
Filed under Newsletter

Under The Elmtree

In This Edition

 

*  R U A Level Five (5) Leader

*  Book Review – Reformed Systematics

*  The Atmosphere of Ministry

*  An App for IgniteUS

*  IUS Leading Transformation

*  Pastoral Placement – FIT

* Tithe.ly for Ministry Support

Pod Cast  Thrive – Are You Thriving?

This Date in History- Lizzy Wacks Mary

Pastoral unity Paul speaks of in this passage is Organic

 

 

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Level Five Leadership

 

What is a Level Five Leader? In the next five (5) News Letters we will endeavor to answer that question. Why does it matter? The short answer is this. There is a direct correlation between ministry effectiveness and the competence level of the primary leadership in a local church. Leadership is crucial in every organization and this is definitely true in the local church. Here is a quote supporting this thesis from John Maxwell’s book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Chapter 1, p.1.

I often open my leadership conferences by explaining the Law of The Lid because it helps people understand the value of leadership. If you can get a handle on this law, you will see the incredible impact of leadership on every aspect of life. So here it is: leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on his potential. The higher the leader- ship, the greater the effectiveness. To give you an example, if your  leadership rates an 8, then your effectiveness can never be greater than a 7. If your leadership is only a 4, then you’re effectiveness will be no higher than a 3. Your leadership ability–for better or for worse–always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your organization.

 

The definition of level five leadership is accomplished in five characteristics of such leaders. Here is Number #2 – Courage

 

This is the second in a series of five. In this article we focus on Courage. Perhaps a quote from the well known exchange in the Wizard of Oz provides insight into this quality. Listen in as Dorthy challenges the Cowardly Lion.

 

Dorothy: My goodness, what a fuss you’re making! Well, naturally, when you go around picking on things weaker than you are. Why, you’re nothing but a great big coward!
Cowardly Lion: [crying] You’re right, I am a coward! I haven’t any courage at all. I even scare myself. [sobbing] Look at the circles under my eyes. I haven’t slept in weeks!
Tin Man: Why don’t you try counting sheep?
Cowardly Lion: That doesn’t do any good, I’m afraid of ‘em.

 

Elder/Shepherds cannot lead effectively if they fear the sheep. Effective leadership is focused on fulfilling the purpose of the organization. For the church this purpose is making disciples. This requires courage. Decisions are shaped by that reality. In the current culture that is radical. When fear rather than courage is the dominant motivation there is dysfunction and trouble ahead.

 

Courage, real godly courage, is a rare commodity. But then, we don’t need a multitude - – just a small band of COURAGEOUS and dedicated servant leaders. They understand the task, the difficulty and the challenges. Seeing all of this they say, “What are we waiting for?”

 

God and a man or a band of men with courage is the most significant majority the world has ever known. Courage is neither reckless nor foolish. It is bold and guided by the Holy Spirit. That guidance almost always puts you in a counter-culture posture. God always delights to identify men who in times of darkness trust the light of special revelation. Trust God and press on.

 

1 Chron. 28:20 Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.

 

2 Chron. 15:2,8 – Asa But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.” Now when Asa heard these words and the prophecy which Azariah the son of Oded the prophet spoke, he took courage and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. He then restored the altar of the LORD which was in front of the porch of the LORD.

 

Ezra 10:4 “Arise! For this matter is your responsibility, but we will be with you; be courageous and act.”

 

Haggai 2:4 But now take courage, Zerubbabel,’ declares the LORD, ‘take courage also, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and all you people of the land take courage,’ declares the LORD, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ declares the LORD of hosts.

 

Acts 23:11 But on the night immediately following, the Lord stood at his side and said, ‘Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also.”

 

Answer this question -’Do you lead with courage, or, are you  more like the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz?’

 

Book Review – Reformed Systematics

 

Book Review – Beeke, Joel. and Smalley, Paul M. Reformed Systematic Theology – Revelation & God. Wheaton IL: Crossway, 2019, 1290 pp. $60.00 ISBN # – 978-1-4335-5983-9. Available March 31, 2019.

 

Systematic theology is a method of studying the Bible founded on the principle that the Scriptures reveal a single God-ordained, well-ordered, coherent, and unchanging system of doctrine. This title provides a copious collection of Sound Doctrine from a Reformed perspective. That perspective is the inheritance of the Reformation launched by Luther and other courageous and diligent scholars passed down to us for preservation and proclamation. Stand and proclaim!

 

Should anyone question the necessity or the timely importance of such a title, simply follow this link – (www.thestateoftheology.com). This is research completed by Ligonier Ministries every other year. It is published as a tool to bring correction that leads to sound doctrine. What you will discover there is a bone-chilling expose’ of profound ignorance of what the Bible actually teaches. In short, there is a desperate need for Systematic Theology in the church in the United States of America.

 

Dr. Beeke provides an overview of this and subsequent volumes in this series.

 

Like the Reformers and the Puritans, we believe that the experiential application of doctrine is paramount for doing good systematic theology. Systematic theology should minister to the whole person. Therefore, this book and it’s companion volumes aim to bring together rigorous biblical, historical, and theological scholarship with spiritual disciplines and practicality – characterized by a simple, accessible, comprehensive, Reformed and experiential approach. With this paradigm, we will explore eight themes of theology in four volumes:

 

Volume one: theology/revelation (prolegomena) and God (theology proper)

Volume two: man (anthropology) and Christ (Christology)

Volume three: the Holy Spirit (pneumatology) and salvation (soteriology) and

Volume four: the church (ecclesiology) and the last things (eschatology)

 

I recommend that my readers secure this tome. Establish a schedule in which you will complete a disciplined reading/study schedule for assimilating the content of this material in fifty-two weeks. This requires the reading/study of twenty-five pages per week. In your reading utilize the IgniteUS Learning Covenant. This tool enables you to capture salient content for application in ministry where you serve. The goal of study is acquiring ministry competence not merely another reading conquest. Contact us @ info@igniteus.net or call 800 472 3764 to receive a copy of this useful ministry tool.

 

Dr. Beeke’s relentless focus on precise exegesis and the integration of truth facilitates a strategic approach to disciplined learning. This results in more than the mere collection of knowledge. That puffs up (cf. 1Cor. 4:6). It leads to the systematic application of truth in the lives of the people you are serving. God uses this to produce transformation. IgniteUS Ministries refers to this as Applied Theology. The proper goal of disciplined study is not merely acquiring knowledge. It must result in the in-context application of that knowledge in the transformation of God’s people into the fullness of the image of Christ in character and conduct. This title equips my readers to accomplish this noble goal.

 

I found the material on the Extent, Meaning, and Implications of Inspiration on pp. 327-332 to be timely and beneficial in light of the endless challenges to the Authority of Scripture.

 

This title is not ‘Cliff Notes on the Scripture’. It is serious scholarship. It equips the man of God to function with Christ-honoring effectiveness in the office of Elder/Pastor. The discipline required to study and apply this material is its own reward.

 

The Atmosphere of Ministry

 

The following quote by Trevin Wax is a brief yet very precise and accurate description of the atmosphere of ministry in the American church. If you struggle as a Pastor wondering why there is so little genuine transformation among the people you serve, this quote provides valuable insight. Let me encourage you. Press on. Remember the exhortation of the God we serve – Hebrews 6:10–12 (ESV) 10 For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. 11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

 

“Americans have reached a point where ignorance is seen as an actual virtue. To reject the advice of experts is to assert autonomy, a way for Americans to demonstrate their independence from nefarious elites.”

 

An App for IgniteUS 

The Radio station that broadcast my radio programs has developed an App for IgniteUS. I am writing this on January 10. The APP will be live 01/11/2019. The Beta Test begins February 15. I will post some guidelines in this section of our News Letter. This will enable you to get to our web site and other beneficial resources with one click. There are numerous other features to make connecting with us simple and efficient. We look forward to  this tool being available to our Transformation Partners and the faithful readers of our News Letter. More info to follow. As I learn more about this resource I will share that information here. Many THANKS to Ron Mosley, Jr. and WKUL 92.1 FM here in Cullman for developing this ministry resource.

 

.IUS Leading Transformation – IgniteUS is currently serving 

Oakwood Baptist Church – Camp Hill PA (I am serving as Interim Pastor here):

 

Graceway Baptist Church – Milton ONT. (engaged in Leadership Development)

 

Indians Springs Baptist – Kingsport TN (recently called their Lead Pastor)

 

First Baptist Church, Loris SC (strategically making disciples effectively)

 

Peoples Church, New Brunswick Canada (engaged in Renewal)

 

Wyoming Community Church, Grand Rapids MI (Grappling With Renewal)

 

February/March – Will you be next?

 

Pastoral Placement 

Leadership is crucial. When a church is seeking a Lead Pastor there are multiple critical areas that must be considered. Tragically the traditional approach to this process has produced brief pastoral tenures (3 1/2 years is the current average) and less than robust effectiveness. It takes about five (5) years for a pastor to earn trust and the willingness of people to embrace the changes ministry requires. Research reveals that churches that ‘go it alone’ in the call process experience a 90-95% failure rate – the man they call is not a FIT! Yet, many persist in repeating the same failed process. A positive and wise trend is to seek the services of a proven Consultant and Process. IgniteUS provides such a service. Our goal is to guide the church to a man that fits the church and the church fits the man. We help churches face reality. We provide testimonials from those who have utilized our services. Contact us @ 800 472 3764 or info@igniteus.net.

 

**WATCH for a 9Marks article that connects you with the FIT Process! FIT-edness was a key theological principle in the ministry of Jonathan Edwards.

 

Ministry Support $$

 

We are asking each recipient of this Newsletter to give – $10 a month. These funds enable us to provide  Scholarships to Pastors & Churches.  Our process produces Leaders with Competence that God uses to bring effectiveness to ministry. Join our Support Team! Christ gets the Glory! 

People do not give to a ministry because you have needs. People give because they believe you meet needs and they want to be a significant part of meeting those needs.Leadership Development is crucial and needed.

Financial Support- There are two (2) places on our web site (www.igniteus.net) that make contributing to our ministry simple. Click on the Home Page button labeled DONATE or on the Banner Online Giving. Follow the prompts. The challenge for every 501 c-3 organization always includes fund raising. When the market crashed in 2008 IUS lost $2,000/month in support – a major factor in sustaining ministry. We are seeking an additional $2,000/month in on-going support for fiscal year 2019. You can become a regular donor. THANKS to each one who gives! Appreciated!

 

Pod Cast – THRIVE

 

The title of the Pod Cast is THRIVE. That is our desire for every pastor and every local church. We want you to thrive in making disciples, and developing leaders, all of which is to Glorify Jesus Christ. There is a banner on our web site – - www.igniteus.net – - just click on that banner. This Pod Cast has the potential to reach 35,000 listeners. If you listen and find benefit in the content, encourage folks in your sphere of influence to listen as well, then contact us. THANKS. I want to hear from you; info@igniteus.net or 800 472 3764.

The Pod Cast are posted every Tuesday. The ministry of IgniteUS is focused on Leadership Development in the local church. Leadership Network recently completed a survey of hundreds of pastors. They were asked to identify the area in which they most needed assistance. Leadership Development was #1 in all but one category. These posts will inform, encourage, and equip leaders in the local church. Click on the banner on our home page labeled -Thrive.

The current series of posts are focused on Level Five (5) Leadership. Are you a Level Five Leader? Do you know why this matters?

December
 

 

 

 

 

 

This Date in History 1587 Queen Elizabeth I of England signs death warrant for her cousin, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots

News Letter January 15, 2019

January 23, 2019 by  
Filed under Newsletter

Under The Elmtree

In This Edition

 

*  R U A Level Five (5) Leader?

*  Effectiveness – Not Puffed Up

*  An App for IgniteUS

*  IUS Leading Transformation

*  Pastoral Placement – FIT

* Tithe.ly for Ministry Support

Pod Cast  Thrive – Are You Thriving?

This Date in History- 588 Jerusalem Siege

 

 

 

 


Level Five Leadership

 

What is a Level Five Leader? In the next five (5) News Letters we will endeavor to answer that question. Why does it matter? The short answer is this. There is a direct correlation between ministry effectiveness and the competence level of the primary leadership in a local church. Leadership is crucial in every organization and this is definitely true in the local church. Here is a quote supporting this thesis from John Maxwell’s book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Chapter 1, p.1.

I often open my leadership conferences by explaining the Law of The Lid because it helps people understand the value of leadership. If you can get a handle on this law, you will see the incredible impact of leadership on every aspect of life. So here it is: leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on his potential. The higher the leader- ship, the greater the effectiveness. To give you an example, if your  leadership rates an 8, then your effectiveness can never be greater than a 7. If your leadership is only a 4, then you’re effectiveness will be no higher than a 3. Your leadership ability–for better or for worse–always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your organization.

 

The definition of level five leadership is accomplished in five characteristics or qualities of such leaders. Here is Number #1 – Surrender.

 

Early in my ministry I was frustrated by what I perceived to be a lack of commitment on the part of men. I discovered a book authored by Ed Dayton, a Christian leader with World Vision. The title was Whatever Happened to Commitment? I purchased a case and distributed them to the men I served with. Nothing changed.

 

I discovered through that sequence of events that SURRENDER not commitment is the key. Those men were as committed as they could be given the level of surrender they possessed. Only when we comprehend and practice, as Jesus said “daily death to self, to our ‘agenda’”, will we know the JOY of following Him and accomplishing His purpose for us, for the organization we serve, and for the Kingdom.

 

Luke 14:25-27 Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, ”If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.’

 

Luke 22:41-44 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down, and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.

 

John 12:23-26 And Jesus answered them, saying, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  ”He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. “If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

 

The question every individual in a position of Leadership must answer with integrity is – Have I truly yielded unconditional surrender to Jesus as LORD? If you answer YES, Congratulations! You have taken the first step to becoming a Level Five Leader.

 

Pastoral Effectiveness – Not Puffed Up

The Apostle Paul had every reason to be proud, puffed up if you will. Yet, he specifically declares that ‘puffing up’ must not be a characteristic of a godly leader (1Cor. 4:6). thusiousthe Do not be puffed up or conceited.This word is used seven (7) times in the NT: 1Cor. 4:6, 4:18, 4:19, 1Cor. 5:2, 1Cor. 8:1, 1Cor. 13:4, and Col. 2:18.

 

Pastors and church leaders do well to heed this warning. I recently saw a statistic stating that 1 in 3 pastors exhibit narcissistic characteristics. CAUTION!

 

An App for IgniteUS

 

The Radio station that broadcast my radio programs has developed an App for IgniteUS. I am writing this on January 10. The APP will be live tomorrow, 01/11/2019. The Beta Test begins on January 15th. This will enable you to get to our web site and other beneficial resources with one click. There are numerous other features to make connecting with us simple and efficient. We look forward to  this tool being available to our Transformation Partners and the faithful readers of our News Letter. More info to follow. As I learn more about this resource I will share that information here. Many THANKS to Ron Mosley, Jr. and WKUL 92.1 FM here in Cullman for developing this ministry resource.

 

IUS Leading Transformation – IgniteUS is currently serving

Oakwood Baptist Church – Camp Hill PA (I am serving as Interim Pastor here):

 

Graceway Baptist Church – Milton ONT. (engaged in Leadership Development)

 

Indians Springs Baptist – Kingsport TN (recently called their Lead Pastor)

 

First Baptist Church, Loris SC (strategically reaching their community)

 

Peoples Church, New Brunswick Canada (engaged in Renewal)

 

Wyoming Community Church, Grand Rapids MI (Grappling With Renewal)

 

January/February – Will you be next?

 

Pastoral Placement

Leadership is crucial. When a church is seeking a Lead Pastor there are multiple critical areas that must be considered. Tragically the traditional approach to this process has produced brief pastoral tenures (3 1/2 years is the current average) and less than robust effectiveness. It takes about five (5) years for a pastor to earn trust and the willingness of people to embrace the changes ministry requires. Research reveals that churches that ‘go it alone’ in the call process experience a 90-95% failure rate – the man they call is not a FIT! Yet, many persist in repeating the same failed process. A positive and wise trend is to seek the services of a proven Consultant and Process. IgniteUS provides such a service. Our goal is to guide the church to a man that fits the church and the church fits the man. We help churches face reality. We provide testimonials from those who have utilized our services. Contact us @ 800 472 3764 or info@igniteus.net.

**WATCH for a 9Marks article that connects you with the FIT Process! FIT-edness was a key theological principle in the ministry of Jonathan Edwards.

 

Ministry Support $$

 

We are asking each recipient of this Newsletter to give – $10 a month. These funds enable us to provide  Scholarships to Pastors & Churches.  Our process produces Leaders with Competence that God uses to bring effectiveness to ministry. Join our Support Team! Christ gets the Glory! 

People do not give to a ministry because you have needs. People give because they believe you meet needs and they want to be a significant part of meeting those needs.Leadership Development is crucial and needed.

 

Financial Support- There are two (2) places on our web site (www.igniteus.net) that make contributing to our ministry simple. Click on the Home Page button labeled DONATE or on the Banner Online Giving. Follow the prompts. The challenge for every 501 c-3 organization always includes fund raising. When the market crashed in 2008 IUS lost $2,000/month in support – a major factor in susteaining ministry. We are seeking an additional $1,500/month in on-going support for fiscal year 2019. You can become a regular donor. THANKS to each one who gives! Appreciated!

 

Pod Cast – THRIVE

 

The title of the Pod Cast is THRIVE. That is our desire for every pastor and every local church. We want you to thrive in making disciples, and developing leaders, all of which is to Glorify Jesus Christ. There is a banner on our web site – - www.igniteus.net – - just click on that banner. This Pod Cast has the potential to reach 35,000 listeners. If you listen and find benefit in the content, encourage folks in your sphere of influence to listen as well, then contact us. THANKS. I want to hear from you; info@igniteus.net or 800 472 3764.

The Pod Cast are posted every Tuesday. The ministry of IgniteUS is focused on Leadership Development in the local church. Leadership Network recently completed a survey of hundreds of pastors. They were asked to identify the area in which they most needed assistance. Leadership Development was #1 in all but one category. These posts will inform, encourage, and equip leaders in the local church. Click on the banner on our home page labeled -Thrive.

The current series of posts are focused on Level Five (5) Leadership. Are you a Level Five Leader? Do you know why this matters?

 

 

 

 

 

This Date in History 588 BCNebuchadrezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah’s reign. The siege lasts until July 23, 586 BC.

Read and respond. THANKS!!Read my BLOG – www.thetextsays.blogspot.com.

Also on the Home Page www.igniteus.net - A Monday Morning BLOG. (Currently – “What Are YOU Meant To DO?“) New post on the 1st & 15th of each month. Comments welcome!

Home Page - Click on this link to go to our Home Page: http://www.igniteUS.net/

US Update

This Update is sent to you on the 1st and 15th of each month. Please send comments or questions to us at info@igniteUS.net. Or, you may go to our BLOG on the home page of our Web Site – click on Newsletter. THANKS!

 

January 15, 2019 NEws Letter

January 15, 2019 by  
Filed under Leadership

Under The Elmtree

In This Edition

 

*  R U A Level Five (5) Leader?

*  Effectiveness – Not Puffed Up

*  An App for IgniteUS

*  IUS Leading Transformation

*  Pastoral Placement – FIT

* Tithe.ly for Ministry Support

Pod Cast  Thrive – Are You Thriving?

This Date in History- 588 Jerusalem Siege

Pastoral unity Paul speaks of in this passage is Organic

 

 

 

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Level Five Leadership

 

What is a Level Five Leader? In the next five (5) News Letters we will endeavor to answer that question. Why does it matter? The short answer is this. There is a direct correlation between ministry effectiveness and the competence level of the primary leadership in a local church. Leadership is crucial in every organization and this is definitely true in the local church. Here is a quote supporting this thesis from John Maxwell’s book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Chapter 1, p.1.

I often open my leadership conferences by explaining the Law of The Lid because it helps people understand the value of leadership. If you can get a handle on this law, you will see the incredible impact of leadership on every aspect of life. So here it is: leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on his potential. The higher the leader- ship, the greater the effectiveness. To give you an example, if your  leadership rates an 8, then your effectiveness can never be greater than a 7. If your leadership is only a 4, then you’re effectiveness will be no higher than a 3. Your leadership ability–for better or for worse–always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your organization.

 

The definition of level five leadership is accomplished in five characteristics or qualities of such leaders. Here is Number #1 – Surrender.

 

Early in my ministry I was frustrated by what I perceived to be a lack of commitment on the part of men. I discovered a book authored by Ed Dayton, a Christian leader with World Vision. The title was Whatever Happened to Commitment? I purchased a case and distributed them to the men I served with. Nothing changed.

 

I discovered through that sequence of events that SURRENDER not commitment is the key. Those men were as committed as they could be given the level of surrender they possessed. Only when we comprehend and practice, as Jesus said “daily death to self, to our ‘agenda’”, will we know the JOY of following Him and accomplishing His purpose for us, for the organization we serve, and for the Kingdom.

 

Luke 14:25-27 Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, ”If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.’

 

Luke 22:41-44 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down, and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.

 

John 12:23-26 And Jesus answered them, saying, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  ”He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. “If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

 

The question every individual in a position of Leadership must answer with integrity is – Have I truly yielded unconditional surrender to Jesus as LORD? If you answer YES, Congratulations! You have taken the first step to becoming a Level Five Leader.

 

Pastoral Effectiveness – Not Puffed Up 

The Apostle Paul had every reason to be proud, puffed up if you will. Yet, he specifically declares that ‘puffing up’ must not be a characteristic of a godly leader (1Cor. 4:6). thusiousthe Do not be puffed up or conceited.This word is used seven (7) times in the NT: 1Cor. 4:6, 4:18, 4:19, 1Cor. 5:2, 1Cor. 8:1, 1Cor. 13:4, and Col. 2:18.

 

Pastors and church leaders do well to heed this warning. I recently saw a statistic stating that 1 in 3 pastors exhibit narcissistic characteristics. CAUTION!

 

An App for IgniteUS

 

The Radio station that broadcast my radio programs has developed an App for IgniteUS. I am writing this on January 10. The APP will be live tomorrow, 01/11/2019. The Beta Test begins on January 15th. This will enable you to get to our web site and other beneficial resources with one click. There are numerous other features to make connecting with us simple and efficient. We look forward to  this tool being available to our Transformation Partners and the faithful readers of our News Letter. More info to follow. As I learn more about this resource I will share that information here. Many THANKS to Ron Mosley, Jr. and WKUL 92.1 FM here in Cullman for developing this ministry resource.

 

.IUS Leading Transformation – IgniteUS is currently serving 

Oakwood Baptist Church – Camp Hill PA (I am serving as Interim Pastor here):

 

Graceway Baptist Church – Milton ONT. (engaged in Leadership Development)

 

Indians Springs Baptist – Kingsport TN (recently called their Lead Pastor)

 

First Baptist Church, Loris SC (strategically reaching their community)

 

Peoples Church, New Brunswick Canada (engaged in Renewal)

 

Wyoming Community Church, Grand Rapids MI (Grappling With Renewal)

 

January/February – Will you be next?

 

Pastoral Placement 

Leadership is crucial. When a church is seeking a Lead Pastor there are multiple critical areas that must be considered. Tragically the traditional approach to this process has produced brief pastoral tenures (3 1/2 years is the current average) and less than robust effectiveness. It takes about five (5) years for a pastor to earn trust and the willingness of people to embrace the changes ministry requires. Research reveals that churches that ‘go it alone’ in the call process experience a 90-95% failure rate – the man they call is not a FIT! Yet, many persist in repeating the same failed process. A positive and wise trend is to seek the services of a proven Consultant and Process. IgniteUS provides such a service. Our goal is to guide the church to a man that fits the church and the church fits the man. We help churches face reality. We provide testimonials from those who have utilized our services. Contact us @ 800 472 3764 or info@igniteus.net.

**WATCH for a 9Marks article that connects you with the FIT Process! FIT-edness was a key theological principle in the ministry of Jonathan Edwards.

 

Ministry Support $$

 

We are asking each recipient of this Newsletter to give – $10 a month. These funds enable us to provide  Scholarships to Pastors & Churches.  Our process produces Leaders with Competence that God uses to bring effectiveness to ministry. Join our Support Team! Christ gets the Glory! 

People do not give to a ministry because you have needs. People give because they believe you meet needs and they want to be a significant part of meeting those needs.Leadership Development is crucial and needed.

Financial Support- There are two (2) places on our web site (www.igniteus.net) that make contributing to our ministry simple. Click on the Home Page button labeled DONATE or on the Banner Online Giving. Follow the prompts. The challenge for every 501 c-3 organization always includes fund raising. When the market crashed in 2008 IUS lost $2,000/month in support – a major factor in susteaining ministry. We are seeking an additional $1,500/month in on-going support for fiscal year 2019. You can become a regular donor. THANKS to each one who gives! Appreciated!

 

Pod Cast – THRIVE

 

The title of the Pod Cast is THRIVE. That is our desire for every pastor and every local church. We want you to thrive in making disciples, and developing leaders, all of which is to Glorify Jesus Christ. There is a banner on our web site – - www.igniteus.net – - just click on that banner. This Pod Cast has the potential to reach 35,000 listeners. If you listen and find benefit in the content, encourage folks in your sphere of influence to listen as well, then contact us. THANKS. I want to hear from you; info@igniteus.net or 800 472 3764.

The Pod Cast are posted every Tuesday. The ministry of IgniteUS is focused on Leadership Development in the local church. Leadership Network recently completed a survey of hundreds of pastors. They were asked to identify the area in which they most needed assistance. Leadership Development was #1 in all but one category. These posts will inform, encourage, and equip leaders in the local church. Click on the banner on our home page labeled -Thrive.

The current series of posts are focused on Level Five (5) Leadership. Are you a Level Five Leader? Do you know why this matters?

December
 

 

 

 

 

 

This Date in History 588 BCNebuchadrezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah’s reign. The siege lasts until July 23, 586 BC.

Read and respond. THANKS!!Read my BLOG – www.thetextsays.blogspot.com.

Also on the Home Page www.igniteus.net - A Monday Morning BLOG. (Currently – “What Are YOU Meant To DO?“) New post on the 1st & 15th of each month. Comments welcome!

Home Page - Click on this link to go to our Home Page: http://www.igniteUS.net/

US Update

This Update is sent to you on the 1st and 15th of each month. Please send comments or questions to us at info@igniteUS.net. Or, you may go to our BLOG on the home page of our Web Site – click on Newsletter. THANKS!

What Are YOU Meant To Do?

January 11, 2019 by  
Filed under A Monday AM BLOG

Like everyone else who blogs, I thought January would be a great time to share a post that will help you set your course for the coming year. But while others write of “must-dos” and “should-dos”, I’d like to encourage you to consider something different.

Meant-to-do.

As in, What are you meant to do?

It’s an out-of-the-box question for the first post of the new year, but it’s one that’s vitally important to everything else you have planned for 2019. You see, resolutions aren’t worth much if they don’t move you closer to what you’re meant to be doing.

I believe wholeheartedly that human beings are intended to live for a purpose—that every person who walks this earth is here for a reason.

Because I’m a person of faith, I believe God creates us all with a specific calling. My calling is to add value to leaders who multiply value to others. I’ve known this since I was 29 years old, and it’s shaped the substance and direction of my adult life.

But even if you’re not a person of faith, the idea of a calling shouldn’t feel unfamiliar, especially for leaders. Leaders have a pull towards something bigger than themselves—a sense that there’s more to be discovered.

Author Richard Lieder, who founded Inventure, offers a great definition of a calling:

“There is a raw self within each of us, too, that is our seed of destiny. Like acorns, we are oaks-in-waiting, raw potential waiting to find our calling. At the core of our destiny lies the necessity of choice, the potential to choose to become something that has never existed before. When we fail to express our embedded gifts, we starve our seed of destiny…A calling is the urge to give our gifts away.”

In my new book, Leadershift: 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace, I devote the final chapter to the shift from career to calling. Everyone has a calling—a gift to give to the world—and the day you discover your calling is among the greatest days in a person’s life.

While the book has a lot more to say on this topic, I want to share with you one of the simplest ideas on how to begin living out your calling.

If you want to make 2019 the year you discover and live out your calling, set a clear path in a worthwhile direction.

There are plenty of worthwhile directions to be found. All you need to do is look at the world around you.

You are surrounded by people who need help, people who need encouragement, people who need someone to show them a better way. You can lend your voice to the voiceless or bring clarity to confusion but do something. The key to discovering your calling is action that benefits others.

That’s because our lives aren’t meant for just ourselves. We are all made to add value to the people around us, to serve through our giftedness. You see, a calling is discovered over time, and leaders flesh it out as they serve and learn and grow.

But that movement—that growth—is essential.

One of the paradoxes of life is that you must follow your calling with clarity and purpose—all while living with uncertainty. Too often, people think they have to have it all figured out before they can live a life of calling and purpose.

The truth is, you don’t have to have all the answers. But you do have to act.

Your cannot choose where your life will end up. But you can determine the direction you take today.

So set a clear path in a worthwhile direction.

January 1 2019

January 3, 2019 by  
Filed under Newsletter

Under The Elmtree

In This Edition

 

*  Courage In Conflict

*  Organic Unity

*  Bible Reading Plans

*  Effectiveness – Steadfast & Immovable

*  An App for IgniteUS

*  IUS Leading Transformation

*  Pastoral Placement – FIT

* Tithe.ly for Ministry Support

Pod Cast  Thrive – Are You Thriving?

This Date in History – The Julian Calendar

Pastoral unity Paul speaks of in this passage is Organic

 

 

 

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Courage In Conflict

 

Jesus made it clear, to follow him, to obey his word and be a true disciple, would produce suffering (John 15:20). This is now displayed in living color on the world’s stage. The Chinese Government is cracking down on the House Churches in China. They have closed some churches. They have arrested key Pastors and church leaders.

 

This kind of treatment has been the norm for centuries in may places around the globe. I suggest it may well be a reality soon right here in ‘River City’, the USA. Here is an excerpt from the letter Pastor Wang Yi wrote upon his arrest. I provide the link to his entire letter and I urge my readers to read this and to pray for him and for our brothers and sisters in China.

 

For all hideous realities, unrighteous politics, and arbitrary laws manifest the cross of Jesus Christ, the only means by which every Chinese person must be saved. They also manifest the fact that true hope and a perfect society will never be found in the transformation of any earthly institution or culture but only in our sins being freely forgiven by Christ and in the hope of eternal life.

 

As a pastor, my firm belief in the gospel, my teaching, and my rebuking of all evil proceeds from Christ’s command in the gospel and from the unfathomable love of that glorious King. Every man’s life is extremely short, and God fervently commands the church to lead and call any man to repentance who is willing to repent. Christ is eager and willing to forgive all who turn from their sins. This is the goal of all the efforts of the church in China—to testify to the world about our Christ, to testify to the Middle Kingdom about the Kingdom of Heaven, to testify to earthly, momentary lives about heavenly, eternal life. This is also the pastoral calling that I have received.

 

For this reason, I accept and respect the fact that this Communist regime has been allowed by God to rule temporarily. As the Lord’s servant John Calvin said, wicked rulers are the judgment of God on a wicked people, the goal being to urge God’s people to repent and turn again toward Him. For this reason, I am joyfully willing to submit myself to their enforcement of the law as though submitting to the discipline and training of the Lord.

 

At the same time, I believe that this Communist regime’s persecution against the church is a greatly wicked, unlawful action. As a pastor of a Christian church, I must denounce this wickedness openly and severely. The calling that I have received requires me to use non-violent methods to disobey those human laws that disobey the Bible and God. My Savior Christ also requires me to joyfully bear all costs for disobeying wicked laws

https://www.theaquilareport.com/my-declaration-of-faithful-disobedience-pastor-wang-yi/.

Recommended Resource – A Christian Manifesto by Francis Schaeffer. Chapters 7 & 8

 

Organic Unity 

Ephesians 4:3 (ESV) eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

 

The unity the Apostle Paul speaks of in this passage is Organic, not Organizational. Organic Unity, because it is Doctrinal in content and nature, leads to Organizational unity. Sound or Healthy Doctrine is a bedrock component of the local church. A church that has Sound Doctrine, and Practices what that doctrine requires, will know God’s blessing. This is inherent in the charge Paul gave to Titus (Titus 1:9). I submit that the dysfunction and decline in the Evangelical Church in America is a direct result of Unsound or Unhealthy doctrinal practices. God has never and does not now accept culturally contrived substitutes. That is known as syncretism, accommodation to the culture. It destroyed Israel and it is doing grave damage to the Evangelical Church.

 

Bible Reading Plans

 

https://www.ligonier.org/blog/bible-reading-plans/

 

Pastoral Effectiveness – Steadfast & Immovable

 

The Apostle Paul faced multiple challenges to his ministry (2Cor. 11:23-29). Pastoral ministry continues to present ever increasing obstacles to the faithful exercise of orthodox ministry. The testimony of Pastor Wang Yi posted above serves as ‘Exhibit A’. The longevity of pastoral service requires the diligent exercise of these qualities – - steadfastness and immovability.

 

edraios – to be settled or steadfast (1Cor. 7:37, 1Cor. 15:58, Col. 1:23)

 

ametakineitos - immovable (1Cor. 15:58)

 

There are statistics regarding pastoral longevity that show 50% of men that enter ministry are gone after 5 years. 80% are gone after 10 years. The future of pastoral ministry will require both of the qualities listed above. Are YOU prepared to serve accordingly? cf. Lk. 9:62!

 

An App for IgniteUS

 

The Radio station that broadcast my radio programs is developing an App for IgniteUS. The completion of this project and the Beta Test date is January 15th. This will enable you to get to our web site with one click. Numerous other features to make connecting with us simple and efficient. We look forward to  this tool being available to our Transformation Partners and the faithful readers of our News Letter. More info to follow.

 

.IUS Leading Transformation – IgniteUS is currently serving 

Oakwood Baptist Church – Camp Hill PA (I am serving as Interim Pastor here):

 

Graceway Baptist Church – Milton ONT. (engaged in Leadership Development)

 

Indians Springs Baptist – Kingsport TN (recently called their Lead Pastor)

 

First Baptist Church, Loris SC (strategically reaching their community)

 

Peoples Church, New Brunswick Canada (engaged in Renewal)

 

Wyoming Community Church, Grand Rapids MI (Pursuing Renewal)

 

January/February – Will you be next?

 

Pastoral Placement 

Leadership is crucial. When a church is seeking a Lead Pastor there are multiple critical areas that must be considered. Tragically the traditional approach to this process has produced brief pastoral tenures (3 1/2 years is the current average) and less than robust effectiveness. It takes about five (5) years for a pastor to earn trust and the willingness of people to embrace the changes ministry requires. Research reveals that churches that ‘go it alone’ in the call process experience a 90-95% failure rate – the man they call is not a FIT! Yet, many persist in repeating the same failed process. A positive and wise trend is to seek the services of a proven Consultant and Process. IgniteUS provides such a service. Our goal is to guide the church to a man that fits the church and the church fits the man. We help churches face reality. We provide testimonials from those who have utilized our services. Contact us @ 800 472 3764 or info@igniteus.net.

**WATCH for a 9Marks article that connects you with the FIT Process!

 

Ministry Support $$

 

We are asking each recipient of this Newsletter to give – $10 a month. These funds enable us to provide  Scholarships to Pastors & Churches. This past month we received $1,200+ in response to this challenge. Join that Team! Christ gets the Glory!  On our Home Page (www.igniteus.net) click on the banner labeled Online Giving and follow the prompts.

People do not give to a ministry because you have needs. People give because they believe you meet needs and they want to be a significant part of meeting those needs.

Year End Giving – There are two (2) places on our web site (www.igniteus.net) that make contributing to our ministry simple. Click on the Home Page button labeled DONATE or on the Banner Online Giving. Follow the prompts. To date the LORD has raised funds  that assist churches engaged in the Transformation Process. THANKS to each one who gives! Appreciated!

 

Pod Cast – THRIVE

 

The title of the Pod Cast is THRIVE. That is our desire for every pastor and every local church. We want you to thrive in making disciples, and developing leaders, all of which is to Glorify Jesus Christ. There is a banner on our web site – - www.igniteus.net – - just click on that banner. This Pod Cast has the potential to reach 35,000 listeners. If you listen and find benefit in the content, encourage folks in your sphere of influence to listen as well, then contact us. THANKS. I want to hear from you; info@igniteus.net or 800 472 3764.

The Pod Cast are posted every Tuesday. The ministry of IgniteUS is focused on Leadership Development in the local church. Leadership Network recently completed a survey of hundreds of pastors. They were asked to identify the area in which they most needed assistance. Leadership Development was #1 in all but one category. These posts will inform, encourage, and equip leaders in the local church. Click on the banner on our home page labeled -Thrive.

December
 

 

 

 

 

 

This Date in History

45 BC The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time

Read and respond. THANKS!!Read my BLOG – www.thetextsays.blogspot.com.

Also on the Home Page www.igniteus.net - A Monday Morning BLOG. (Currently – “Leadership Under Stress“) New post on the 1st & 15th of each month. Comments welcome!

Home Page - Click on this link to go to our Home Page: http://www.igniteUS.net/

December 15

December 26, 2018 by  
Filed under Newsletter

Under The Elmtree

In This Edition

 

*  The Tipping Point

*  An App for IgniteUS

*  Pastoral Effectiveness

*  Pastoral Placement – FIT

* Tithe.ly for Ministry Support

Pod Cast  Thrive – Are You Thriving?

This Date in History – Bill of Rights

 

 

 

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The Tipping Point

 

Has the church you lead reached the Tipping Point? Are you aware of what The Tipping Point is? Ten years ago I wrote an article titled  Critical Mass. That article focuses on the same issue as the article that follows written by Thom Rainer. There is a point in the decline of a local church (all churches have some dysfunctions) beyond which that church will not survive. This is an appeal to every Pastor to honestly assess the true condition of the church you lead. The vast majority of churches have a myopic and inaccurate understanding of their TRUE condition. We provide a tool called Basic Assessment. Complete this instrument and you will have a clear picture as to whether or not your church is at or has already passed The Tipping Point.

 

American Churches Are at a Tipping Point

 

Tipping Point (noun)the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place.

 

If current trajectories continue, American churches will pass a tipping point. Our congregations (Rainer is writing as a Southern Baptist – tcf) will begin a likely unstoppable path toward decline that will rival many European churches of the past century. If there is not a significant movement of revitalization, there will be an accelerated rate of decline and death.

 

The good news is that many leaders are not denying this reality. They are seeking God and responding obediently. Church revitalization has become a real and powerful theme. As I indicated in my book, Scrappy Church, more and more churches are moving in incredible and positive directions.

 

How will God move in our churches? How will we respond? While I will not address those two paramount questions in this particular article, I do want us to see the three specific areas of the tipping point: theological, attitudinal, and actionable.

 

The Theological Tipping Point

 

If a church does not have a solid biblical and theological foundation, all other issues are moot. In some congregations, there is slippage on the doctrine of exclusivity, the biblical truth that Christ is the only way of salvation (John 14:6). In other congregations, leaders and members are questioning the absolute authority of Scripture. That issue is as old as creation when the serpent questioned God’s Word, “Did God really say . . .?” (Genesis 3:1).

 

We can’t even begin to deal with other tipping points until we have resolved the issues of truth and fidelity to Scripture. The slippery slope of questioning God’s authority leads to the decline and death of churches.

 

The Attitudinal Tipping Point

 

At some point in the recent history of the Church, particularly North American churches, becoming a part of a local congregation became a consumer-driven activity. Too many church members want, even demand, their own preferences and desires. In some congregations, we are more likely to hear a member fight over his or her own worship style preference than ask how he or she might truly serve the body of Christ.

 

Read 1 Corinthians 12. Becoming a member of the body of Christ means we serve others for the greater good of the body. The needs of others come before our preferences and desires. Paul admonished the local congregation in Philippi: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). That doesn’t sound like some of our church business meetings.

 

The Actionable Tipping Point

 

There are many presumably Bible-believing churches that like the idea of evangelism more than doing evangelism. Frankly, I deal with evangelical church leaders and members every day who profess unwavering fidelity to Scripture but haven’t intentionally had a gospel conversation in recent memory.

 

We are so busy with church activities that we neglect active obedience of the Great Commission. We can be passionate about the placement of the offertory in the worship service but never invite people to come to those worship services. We can complain when the pastor doesn’t visit members sufficiently, but never visit the hurting and lost ourselves.

 

A church leader recently asked me why I thought his church was not growing. I asked him what his church did every single week to reach, invite, and serve the community. His silence was his own answer. Many of us conservative Christians would rather fight each other than fight against the gates of hell.

 

It Is Time

 

Still, I am not discouraged. The tipping point is not inevitable. Our obedience may have waned, but God’s power has not. Many church leaders and members are recommitting themselves to a renewed and vibrant mission. Many of their churches are seeking and seeing revitalization.

 

It is time.

 

The question is this – - “Will the church you lead be one of those that faces the facts, invests in Intercessory Prayer, and joins the band of courageous Leaders that seeks God’s grace in Transformation, Reformation & Renewal? You can. Call  800 472 3764 or info@igniteus.net.

An App for IgniteUS

 

The Radio station that broadcast my radio programs is developing an App for IgniteUS. The completion of this project and the Beta Test date is January 15th. This will enable you to get to our web site with one click. Numerous other features to make connecting with us simple and efficient. We look forward to  this tool being available to our Transformation Partners and the faithful readers of our News Letter. More info to follow.

 

Pastoral Effectiveness

 

Do you shrink from declaring the whole counsel of God? The Apostle Paul declared that he did not shrink, Acts 20:27.

 

Acts 20:27 (ESV) for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.

 

That word is hupestielamein from hupostellow. It is used four (4) times in the NT. Acts 20:20, Acts 20:27, Gal. 2:12, and Heb. 10:38.

 

Given the condition of the Evangelical Church in America I fear that there is a great deal of ‘shrinking’ going on. Make sure you are not one of those that is shrinking!

 

.IUS Leading Transformation – IgniteUS is currently serving:

 

Graceway Baptist Church – Milton ONT. (engaged in Leadership Development)

 

Indians Springs Baptist – Kingsport TN (recently called their Lead Pastor)

 

First Baptist Church, Loris SC (strategically reaching their community)

 

Peoples Church, New Brunswick Canada (engaged in Renewal)

 

Wyoming Community Church, Grand Rapids MI (Investigating Renewal)

 

Oakwood Baptist, Camp Hill PA (investing in Reformation & Renewal)

 

December/January – Will you be next?

 

Pastoral Placement

Leadership is crucial. When a church is seeking a Lead Pastor there are multiple critical areas that must be considered. Tragically the traditional approach to this process has produced brief pastoral tenures (3 1/2 years is the current average) and less than robust effectiveness. It takes about five (5) years for a pastor to earn trust and the willingness of people to embrace the changes ministry requires. Research reveals that churches that ‘go it alone’ in the call process experience a 90-95% failure rate – the man they call is not a FIT! Yet, many persist in repeating the same failed process. A positive and wise trend is to seek the services of a proven Consultant and Process. IgniteUS provides such a service. Our goal is to guide the church to a man that fits the church and the church fits the man. We help churches face reality. We provide testimonials from those who have utilized our services. Contact us @ 800 472 3764 or info@igniteus.net.

 

Ministry Support $$

 

We are asking each recipient of this Newsletter to give – $10 a month. These funds enable us to provide  Scholarships to Pastors & Churches. This past month we received $1,200+ in response to this challenge. Join that Team! Christ gets the Glory!  On our Home Page (www.igniteus.net) click on the banner labeled Online Giving and follow the prompts.

People do not give to a ministry because you have needs. People give because they believe you meet needs and they want to be a significant part of meeting those needs.

Year End Giving – There are two (2) places on our web site (www.igniteus.net) that make contributing to our ministry simple. Click on the Home Page button labeled DONATE or on the Banner Online Giving. Follow the prompts. To date the LORD has raised funds  that assist churches engaged in the Transformation Process. THANKS to each one who gives! Appreciated!

 

Pod Cast – THRIVE

 

The title of the Pod Cast is THRIVE. That is our desire for every pastor and every local church. We want you to thrive in making disciples, and developing leaders, all of which is to Glorify Jesus Christ. There is a banner on our web site – - www.igniteus.net – - just click on that banner. This Pod Cast has the potential to reach 35,000 listeners. If you listen and find benefit in the content, encourage folks in your sphere of influence to listen as well, then contact us. THANKS. I want to hear from you; info@igniteus.net or 800 472 3764.

The Pod Cast are posted every Tuesday. The ministry of IgniteUS is focused on Leadership Development in the local church. Leadership Network recently completed a survey of hundreds of pastors. They were asked to identify the area in which they most needed assistance. Leadership Development was #1 in all but one category. These posts will inform, encourage, and equip leaders in the local church. Click on the banner on our home page labeled -Thrive.

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This Date in History

  • 1791 U.S. Bill of Rights becomes law

    The first 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States are known as the Bill of Rights. They became law after Virginia ratified the amendments.

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Leadership Under Stress

December 26, 2018 by  
Filed under A Monday AM BLOG

Are you feeling the stress of leadership?

Are you in the midst of chaotic times?

Are there more times of crisis right now than times of celebration?

Are you facing decisions which appear bigger than you today?

Are you wondering how you should respond?

Perhaps we can gain some insight from the life Jesus.

Imagine the setting. In the midst of one of the busiest periods in Jesus’ ministry, Jesus received word that John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin…the one who had been preparing the way for Jesus’ arrival into public ministry…the one who baptized Jesus…had been executed at the hand of Herod the ruler. This had the potential to derail Jesus’ ministry. How would His disciples respond? Would they run in fear? Would the momentum shift?

Observe how Jesus, feeling the weight of leadership responsibilities and certainly dealing with personal grief, immediately responded to this tragic scenario.

When Jesus heard about it, He withdrew from there by boat to a remote place to be alone. Matthew 14:13

Throughout Jesus’ ministry, we consistently read of Him slipping away from the crowds…often by Himself…sometimes with a few close disciples…to be alone…to pray. Those times were apparently critical to His ongoing strength and success in the journey.

Now look back to the questions I posed to you at the beginning of this post…

Do you need to slip away? Do you need to get alone? Do you need to pray?

I’ve personally found the more stressful my circumstances the more time I need alone with God.

Whether you are a pastor, a ministry leader, or a stressed-out parent, I realize it seems everyone is looking to you for answers today. Your greatest response could be to slip away from the crowds. You’ll return better able to handle the demands placed upon you.

Have you often found strength in slipping away from the troubles before you respond?

 

Pastoral Placement – FIT!

December 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Leadership

FIT is one of the most significant and crucial aspects of Staffing in the local church. The Church must fit the man and the man fit the church. What constitutes FIT?

Each local church is unique. FIT is comprised of theological, cultural, educational, economic, ethnic, denominational and spiritual maturity issues just to name a few of the components. Optimal compatibility in each area is the ideal but is often not realized. The greater the correspondence and the greater number of areas where FIT is realized, the higher the probability of harmonious and effective ministry. As the number of FIT issues declines, the dysfunction and ineffectiveness increases. This article is primarily addressing Pastoral Staff, Elders so I begin with a brief examination of the 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 passages dealing with the requirements for an Elder.

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. (1Tim. 3:1)

The first operative verb is ‘aspire’. This literally means to ‘stretch out the hand or to take hold of’. In the first century it was clearly and irrefutably understood that to serve as an Elder required sacrifice. Intense, costly, and perpetual sacrifice. Persecution was often the reward for fulfilling the duties of this office in the church. This speaks to the motivation of one entering this office.

The second operative verb is ‘desire’. This speaks of an intense and continuous passion for the office and all that is required to fulfill this function effectively. The root word speaks of a swelling. In the book of Revelation (Rev. 12:12; 14:8) this word describes wrath. It clearly speaks of an intensity that transcends the mundane and casual. An Elder must be a man of high intensity and robust energy. He approaches ministry with a ‘peddle to the metal’ mentality. He understands that the things he does have eternal significance. If either of these qualities is absent, it is reasonable to conclude that the man seeking to function as an Elder without them is unqualified to do so.

FIT and Initial Calling

Churches have a dismal track record on calling Pastors. The process is truncated and often driven by expedience. They seldom examine the factors that matter most. The profile is often a weekend visit, preach a sermon or two and meet the family. No one preaches their worst sermon, not even an average sermon. Further, preaching is merely one factor. Character is first and foremost. Leadership is ever more critical in our rapidly morphing culture. The church checks a couple first level references (the man gives you those most favorable to his securing the position). There should always be at least three (3) levels of reference checks completed. The most accurate predictor of future leadership behavior is – - – past leadership behavior. What this man has done in the past is very probably what he will do in the future. Count on it. Preaching and Leadership are not synonyms. Verbal skill does not necessarily make a man a good leader. A flawed call process is failure number 1.

FIT and Ministry Descriptions

 Churches call men to fulfill specific ministry roles. Both the man and the ministry change over the years. What emerges is a mismatch. Ministry is not completed with excellence and the man finds himself intensely unhappy and unfulfilled in the role he must now occupy. What he came to do is no longer the profile he must fill. If he has not grown and expanded his horizons, that is a problem. If he has and the ministry profile has not changed, that is a problem. Whichever scenario emerges, it constitutes a problem.

FIT and Numerical Growth

 A healthy and effective ministry attracts new people. The size of the congregation changes and the number of ministry venues expands. Quite often men are assigned roles as a result of this growth for which they are unqualified or have no desire to fill. Their attitude is less than noble. This bad attitude seeps into the transaction of ministry tasks. There simply must be a more strategic and intentional approach to staffing than ‘warm bodies to fill open positions’.

FIT and Accountability

 Many statisticians claim that the number one cause of decline in the church in America is the absence of clear operative purpose. When there is a lack of clarity as to what is expected there is simply no effective way to exercise accountability. What is not clearly defined cannot be accurately measured. This factor makes accountability impossible. For effective accountability to be consistently applied there must be clear definition of task, a systematic metric and timely application of these principles. Accountability should be the examination of ministry effectiveness that leads to celebration of a task performed well. This is seldom the case.

FIT and 360 Evaluation

 Evaluation is almost non-existent in most churches. If it is done at all it is an annual event and usually associated with compensation issues. Evaluation should be accomplished quarterly if not monthly. This is done using a well crafted ministry description with a Likerd Scale metric process. The results provide a clear portrait of performance for both the one being evaluated and the church at large. When done with greater frequency the adjustments that are necessary are minimal and have not caused a year long decline in ministry effectiveness.

FIT and Applied Leadership

 Leadership in the NT is a Team. There is not a single NT church that has solo leadership Polity. With that said, there must be an individual that exercises comprehensive and consistent oversight of ministry. This means that when there are deficiencies they are addressed in a timely and equitable manner. There is abundant affirmation for task performed well and there is appropriate adjustments incorporated when there is ineffectiveness. If the ineffectiveness persists, there is action taken to remove the offending Team member from ministry. This requires emotional intelligence, courage and skill. It also requires a larger Leadership Team that will support and stand with the “executioner”. Failure to engage in this comprehensive oversight and action tells all parties that malfeasance and mediocrity is acceptable here. That is lethal to the future of any ministry.

FIT Summary

 FIT means that the individual is capable of and desires to fulfill the ministry tasks they are assigned. If no individual exists with that body, then a search must be undertaken to secure such a person. This requires resources and a clear ministry profile complete with a metric that permits both the organization and the individual Staff members to know they are fulfilling their role(s). When this is true the organization has every reason to accomplish all aspects of the Great Commission. When this is not true there is no rational basis to expect this to be true.

Men outgrow the ministry and ministry may outgrow the man. Both are possibilities. What was a FIT 6-8 years ago may not be today. John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Chapter 1 The Law of The Lid provides helpful insight on this matter. Vigilance and frequent assessment and evaluation prevent the reality of either eventuality from ‘surprising’ the organization or the individual staff members serving within that organization.

What kind of FIT do you have?

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5 Traits of Highly Effective Leaders

November 26, 2018 by  
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The 5 Traits of a Highly Effective Leadership H.A.B.I.T


Leadership that works is not a destination; it’s an ongoing journey, made up of many moments and choices over time. Each decision you make has an effect on your overall character. As you practice making better choices, those choices become habits, and those good habits have the power to transform your leadership. Consider that you ultimately become what you repeatedly do. For example, if you consistently choose to be kind, respectful, and hard-working – not in every single moment, but in more moments than not — then you will eventually become a kind, respectful, and hard-working leader. If this seems daunting, know that you do not have to be perfect. You just have to do a little better today than you did yesterday. By adding even a small amount of effort and discipline to tweaking the habits in your day-to-day routine, you can greatly alter the cumulative impact on your leadership legacy.

Good habits have the power to transform your leadership.

How can you get started on developing more effective leadership habits? Use our handy H.A.B.I.T checklist as a guide. Think of these 5 leadership behaviors as you navigate the daily interactions and challenges of your day. Whenever possible, simply choose, even in the smallest way, to behave in a way that is more aligned with these 5 positive traits that are the building blocks of a highly effective leadership habit: Humility, Authenticity, Bravery, Intention, Tenacity.

HUMILITY. The best leaders are well-anchored in their own expertise and competencies, but they are also acutely aware of what they don’t know. They don’t pretend to be the smartest person in the room; in fact, they purposefully hire people even smarter than they are and rely on their expertise to get tough jobs done. There is research to support the importance of humility to an effective leadership habit. Jim Collins, in his well-known book, “Good to Great”, in which he studied successful CEOs to unearth the secrets of their effectiveness, found that the most high-performing leaders had a combination of both “humility and fierce resolve.”

To develop the habit, in your next interaction, pay attention to your default response. Do you tend to try to take credit instead of giving it away; do you interject when you could have listened a little bit longer; do you shoot down ideas without good reason? Practice engaging with more humility by listening better, reading more, being more open-minded, and giving credit to others generously. Rely on others’ expertise and thank them graciously.

AUTHENTICITY. Leadership is an inside-out craft. You can’t hope to deliver transformative results externally without being firmly rooted in who you are and what you believe internally. Authenticity is important for guiding your leadership decisions and ensuring you behave in a way that is true to yourself. But it’s also crucial for 21st century leadership because people are paying close attention to what you do and say — and you’re probably not a very good faker (most people aren’t). If you speak disingenuously, people can tell, and they won’t be likely to believe in your leadership or to work hard to honor your agenda. What’s more, authenticity is essential for building trust, which is the most important competency for modern leaders (that’s why it’s at the center of our high-impact leadership model, the ConantLeadership Flywheel). For a variety of reasons, without trust, you will not be able to deliver sustainable high-performance.

Leadership is an inside-out craft.

To build the authenticity habit, practice declaring yourself by telling people exactly who you are, what you believe, and how you intend to lead. Follow that up by doing exactly what you say and doing it well. Honor your word. Make room in your calendar for what you say is important. Show up in each moment in a way that is aligned with your code. You can also learn more about the idea of authentic leadership taking Bill George’s helpful authentic leadership self-assessment.

BRAVERY. Leadership isn’t easy. There are going to be times when you’ll have to make tough decisions that affect people’s lives. There will be moments when you’re not sure how to engage thoughtfully or when you won’t know what to say, or when you will second-guess a call you’ve made. But, no matter the challenge, people are counting on you as the leader. They need you at your best. To show up for them in the right way, in each moment, you’re going to have to be brave. Luckily, bravery, like any other virtue can be practiced. The more you practice leaning in, no matter how daunting it can be, the easier it will get, and the more meaningfully you’ll be able to respond to problems with agility and skill.

To practice bravery, in your next few interactions, notice when you’re shying away from saying what you really think, or avoiding giving some tough feedback. Have the conversation you don’t want to have, ask the question you’re apprehensive about asking. Practicing bravery doesn’t have to refer only to things that seem negative. Push yourself out of your comfort zone with giving praise, too. Maybe it feels awkward to you to express gratitude, or to give somebody a compliment they richly deserve. Force yourself to do it anyway. Fear can show up in different ways for different leaders. The best way to practice bravery is to learn to notice what you’re avoiding and choose to fully embrace and confront that very thing. Try it in your very next conversation.

Bravery can be practiced.

INTENTION. For a long time, leaders could get away with what we call “seat-of-the-pants” leadership. But the information age has ushered in an unprecedented era of complexity and dysfunction. Times have changed. Leaders can’t haphazardly hop from one fire drill to the next anymore; or, they can, but they won’t be able to deliver high performance – at least not for the long run. At ConantLeadership, we champion an intentional approach to leadership. This means adopting a mastery model in which you treat leadership as a craft: honed with intention, practiced mindfully, and improved constantly.

To learn the intention habit, try shifting your mindset from being reactive to proactive. Reactive leaders wait for things to happen to them, and as the challenges build and wash over them, they flail and flounder, desperately trying to keep their heads above water. Proactive leaders approach their leadership work with discipline and intention; they take time to reflect on the kind of leader they want to be and the types of tactics they can use to bring their leadership vision to life. They practice their craft deliberately and treat interruptions as opportunities. Because they consider the daily work of leadership to be one perpetual preparation for adversity, when adversity inevitably does rear its head, they are well-equipped to dive in and leverage their expertise and experience to navigate the situation effectively.

To better practice the intention habit, get better oriented in the proactive mindset by first taking the time to reflect on the five essential questions of leadership. Then test your readiness with our character and competence checklists. Finally, you can discover a framework for approaching all of your interactions with intention in Doug’s book, co-authored with Mette Norgaard, TouchPoints.

TENACITY. This final essential leadership trait holds the key to experiencing success with the other four. Sure, you can practice with intention, engage with humility, be anchored in authenticity, and bravely stare down the scariest of circumstances, but you won’t achieve greatness without the fortitude to keep going no matter what. Tenacity, or “fierce resolve” as Jim Collins calls it, is the jewel in the crown of effective leadership. In fact, as Professor Angela Duckworth finds in her book, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”, tenacity is even more important than talent and luck in predicting success. Frankly, you can have astounding levels of innate talent, but if you aren’t able to persist when the going gets tough, you’re not going to get very far.

Habits are formed by practice and repetition — by simply making better choices more often.

Fittingly, we’ve found that the best way to develop tenacity – which is the key to success in all areas of our H.A.B.I.T system – is also through a commitment to cultivating the other four traits in H.A.B.I.T. First, you have to humbly acknowledge you have room to grow in this space, then authentically connect with your purpose and passion, which will provide energy and inspiration during rough patches — then practice bravery so you can call upon your courage reserves when you want to give up, and, of course, continually set and re-calibrate your intention so that you always have a worthy goal to keep you going.

Overall, remember that habits are formed by practice and repetition — by simply making better choices more often. Not all of the time, but most of the time. With these five H.A.B.I.Ts in mind, every day holds an opportunity to make a better choice than you did yesterday, to show up a little more completely than you did before. Over time, the power of your habits is likely to surprise you as your leadership effectiveness grows and grows.

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