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Friday Links

Jason Petermann  —  August 20, 2010 — Leave a comment

Been a couple of weeks since I posted some links from great leaders.  Take a few minutes and read a few of these posts.  I know they will add value to your ministry and life.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

  • Good ideas take time to develop, and sometimes that means saying “no” now so you can do it right.  Carlos Whittaker talks about this in his post “Good Ideas Deserve You Saying NO To Your Pastor.”  That is hard to do, especially if you are a people-pleaser by nature (as I am).  Sometimes, being able to “pull it off” is not the best road to take.  Most folks know when something needed more time.  And God deserves that from us!
  • Mark Beeson talks about the choices, actions and outcomes and what the Bible says about how all three are related in his post titled, “Watching My Son Fish Got Me Thinking.”
  • Loved the post by Pete Wilson, who actually quoted another post from Keven DeYoung.  The last line is SO true, yet so opposite of what many people want to hear as they strive for success in ministry.  Here it is: “Daily discipleship is not a new revolution each morning or an agent of global transformation every evening; it’s a long obedience in the same direction.” Take time to read the post titled “Plodding Visionaries” at Pete’s site.
  • Seth Godin has so many good posts!  Just take time to read “Exploration and the Risk of Failure” and “Avoiding Momentum.”  Both are great reads, and both tackle an issue many church leaders struggle with: making changes.
  • Tony Morgan didn’t know he was writing a blog post for me on my birthday on July 30th, but he wrote one just for me on something I struggle with all the time.  Read his post “Are You Addicted to People Pleasing.”  And I hope you are pleased with it.

Ok, that is enough.  Really, I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Today I have another quote from the Global Leadership Summit that impacted me.  This one is from Christine Caine.  She had a lot of great things to say, but one that stuck out to me was this one:

“Many church leaders spend a lot of time praying for a miracle but will not step into the place where miracles happen.”

As I look back at my life and ministry, I can see times that I longed for God to move in a big, even miraculous way.  Now that I am on this side of it, I can also see that there were times that God was already working, where He was ready to do something big in my life or the life of my church, and all I (or we) had to do was step “out of the boat” for the movement of God to happen.  My own faith, or I should say, lack of faith, can be the reason why God at times seems to hold back the miraculous.  He wants to move in big ways… He wants to show Himself strong in my life, and in the life of His church.  But until we step out, in faith, where the miracles can happen, we will never see them happen.

God, help me to step out!

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Summit that was simulcast from Willow Creek and their Pastor, Bill Hybles.  It was two days of jam-packed leadership goodness!  There was not one speaker that I heard that I did not come away with something to chew on.  I have a few quotes from those two days that I will share over the next few weeks on my Quotable Tuesday quotes.

Today’s comes from Jim Collins, author of Good To Great, and How the Mighty Fall.

“Great leaders have two things in common, they know it is not about them, and they never give up.”

I loved this statement from Jim.  It is good for all leaders in the church to be reminded that it is NOT about them.

  • It is about Jesus, and His church.
  • It is about the people that the leader is called to lead.
  • It is about the mission that God has given to the church.
  • Very few leaders can see that they are leading with the thought process that it is all about them.  They should ask their staff and trusted friends what they think. Other people can see it in you as a leader.

Good leaders never give up.

  • They are willing to take risks for the growth of the organization
  • They are willing to pursue what God has placed on their hearts, no matter the cost.
  • They are not afraid of so-called “powerful” people in the church.  They remember that God is bigger than any man.
  • They will go to their death (or at least until they get fired!) to continue pursuing the vision that they believe God has for them and for their church.

Jim had some other great nuggets that I will share in the near future.  You can read my notes from his talk to see more!

Combustible Passion

  • When people are passionate about what they do, they are far more effective at what they do.
  • People come to church to follow Jesus, and get stuck with you (the pastor)!
  • It is vital that when people follow you as the pastor, they do not hear a new sound, a different message than the one they heard that caused them to follow Jesus.
  • You cannot be a “me too” leader and impassion people.  You have to be authentic… you have to be yourself, not someone else.
  • It is amazing how many leaders think success is just maintaining.
  • People follow people that move, not those who are standing still.
  • As leaders, we need to do a quality check to make sure that the passion exists from the top down to the bottom.
  • If you do something that is from your heart, that gets you out of bed in the morning, everything that comes short, God will make up the difference.
  • People need to sense the passion that you have as a leader every day.
  • Passion is more than emotionalism.  Passion is the fuel that makes the engine go.
  • 2 categories of leaders:
    • Builders – leaders that will build out of nothing.  They are better at building than maintaining.
    • Bankers – These people can manage.  They can maintain the builders vision.
  • Both types of leaders are needed.  You need to surround yourself with those that are not like you.
  • You do not want people that are just like you, you need people who are good at what you are not good at.
  • Good teams complete you, they do not compete with you.  They add to you as a leader.

Leader To Leader

  • Authenticity: You have to be yourself.  You cannot portray yourself as something that you are not.
  • Some people think that they get a certain job and they have to behave a certain way.  They are not true to who they are.
  • Energy: You have to energize people around you. Energize them around a vision.
    • How do you energize?  It is not hyping them.  It is getting them to feel the vision, to feel where you are going.  That has to come from the leader.
    • One job of a leader is to raise the intellectual level of those around you.  That is why you higher people that are smarter than you.  If you don’t higher people smarter than you, you will not get any smarter.
  • Candor: People need to be able to say what they think.
  • Differentiation: He rated employees at his organization.  20% are game changers. 70% are team players and vital.  10% are really dead weight.  People are compensated on the basis of where they are at in the percentages.
    • Candor allows for differentiation.
    • People spend more time fixing the bottom 10%.  They cannot get better.  They need to go to another organization where they will succeed.
    • Attitude and behavior of the top 20%: filled with energy, excite people, good values and they have a gene of wanting to see people grow.  They are not afraid to have great people around them.
    • The vital 70%: Smart, hard working. Necessary and vital.
    • The bottom 10%: not a team player, not hard workers, negative.
    • Disrupters and boss haters are different.  They need to be listened to.  They have some brains.
    • The hallway whisperer is more dangerous than the person with candor.
    • You do all you can for the top 20%.  Raises, conferences, etc.
  • Nonprofit does not mean non-performance.  (Many work as if it does!)
  • Most leaders wait to long to make the change needed.
  • Hiring is hard.  Succession is brutal.
  • Leaders need to learn to celebrate the small victories.