News Letter January 15, 2019

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In This Edition


*  R U A Level Five (5) Leader?

*  Effectiveness – Not Puffed Up

*  An App for IgniteUS

*  IUS Leading Transformation

*  Pastoral Placement – FIT

* 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

**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 ( 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 – – – – 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; 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.

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