Leadership is God’s Plan or Burnout #275

Coaching Ministry Leaders is fascinating. We all believe God has a plan for us as individuals and churches. His plan is desirable and achievable. However, when it comes to implementing the plan, we often rely on our own resourcefulness. Think through your schedule. We have family, church, work and community responsibilities. What does God want you to do and who can help?

Moses, like many of us, had challenges keeping up with his work load.

“The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?”

Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.”

Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave.  But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you.  If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.” (Exodus 18:13-23 NIV)

Moses relied on God’s direction, implemented the advice and led a million people through the wilderness.  Now, put that concept into today. Just imagine the world wide impact for Christ when our Leaders prayerfully lead with God’s direction.

Leadership is learning to rely on and share God’s direction.

Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Serving Healthy Volunteers #274

Upwards of 70% of Volunteers, who resign their church roles, are leaving due to relationship and discouragement issues, not theology or doctrine.

Note these brief points to help your volunteers be encouraged, excited and faithful in their roles. The excitement and dedication of your volunteers can be read like a thermometer of the health of your church. If your volunteers are motivated your church is moving towards health.  If they are not excited about their role and your church, then your church is heading toward neutral.

Know your volunteer staff. Know what they like to do, their family, work and community responsibilities. Ask your volunteers what they enjoy and what stresses them. Be understanding when a volunteer can’t make a meeting.

Celebrate your volunteers and the work they do.  Encourage each one towards God’s Vision, Mission and Values of your church and community. Let each volunteer team know their significant and very unique role and importance to overall church health. Express your appreciation both personally and publically. Send thank you notes and ask if there’s anything they need to make their role more enjoyable. Pray with and for them.

“The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.” (1 Corinthians 12:25-26 MSG)

Board Chairs and Pastors, take a few minutes today to call or email your volunteers, just to say thank you.

“Your job as a leader is to use your love of your own work to light the fire of passion in others who share this love.” (Crossland & Clarke, The Leaders Voice)

Leadership is … being and expressing your thankfulness to each and every volunteer.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is A Prayerful Dream #273

I have a dream.

When I share with faith based leaders, I have one prayerful dream. Yes, I read, study and prepare extensively. Yet, more importantly, I have a prayerful dream that impacts everything I do.

As recent as 2015, Christians self-report to be the largest religious group in the world. That is (31%) of Earth’s 7.3 billion people. (Pew Research Center) The data differs country by country, yet collectively the number is awesome.

God has provided a launch point for each of us to make a difference. Christ followers are Pastors, Leaders, School Teachers, Entrepreneurs, parents, students, Seniors and Young People everywhere. Some are employed by Christian organizations, the vast majority live and work within the secular world. We all have different styles of worship, unique interpretations in doctrine and practice.  Yet, as a group, we believe, read scripture and support a local body of believers.

“We can dot every theological (i) and cross every theological (t), but unless we step into the arena of demonstrating God’s love to those within our network, we discredit the reality of the cross.”  (Rev. K. C. Bauer, West Edmonton Baptist)

“Evangelism is not an event but a relational process, and God has gifted each of us to play a critical role in drawing men and women to himself.” (William Carr Peel & Walt Larimore, Going Public With Your Faith)

My prayerful dream for my family, my church and our connected believers worldwide is that we, each of us, individually and collectively work to demonstrate God’s love each and every day. Just imagine the phenomenal influence if you and I and all Christ followers would literally show Christ’s love in everything we do.

“Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19 MSG)

Leadership is prayerfully living each and every day demonstrating God’s love to everyone we connect with.

Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is A 2018 Review #272

Leadership is the prayerful culmination and integration of spiritual gifts, learned skills and a prayerful dedication to God’s plan for your life.
These are the most recognized quotes from our 52 blogs reaching 13,000 people in 75 countries in 2018.
Leadership is being friendly and designing your church to welcome and encourage visitors.
Leadership is asking challenging questions.
Leadership is eliminating the mediocre and reinforcing positive spiritual growth
Leadership is influencing our world, one person at a time to stand for Christ.
Leadership is changing our future, ensuring everything is God directed and glorifying to Him.
Leadership is accepting God’s gift of salvation and living each day for Him.
Leadership is making this year different by demonstrating God’s love to our world.
Leadership is adding value to someone’s life.
Leadership is re-thinking your ways.
Leadership is remembering there is no ‘I’ in team.
Leadership is going beyond the expected and tradition to a consistent value of what is right.
Leadership is Character.
Leadership is putting character front and center about our business and church life.
Leadership is supporting your Ministry staff to accomplish God’s vision.
Leadership is challenging mediocrity.
Leadership is sharing Ministry together.
Leadership is integrity.
Leadership is praying our church out of the perceived safe harbor into the high seas of God’s calling.
Leadership is Board Members who are God focused Servant Leaders.
Leadership is ensuring your church visitors feel important.
Leadership is investing our time, money and mentoring resources in the lives of iGen teens.
“I looked for (a leader) among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” (Ezekiel 22:30 NIV)
God is still looking for quality Servant Leaders with character, skill and ability. You may be that leader.
Leadership is letting go and letting God.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

 

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Leadership Is Christ’s Birth #271

“About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancé, who was pregnant.”

While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.”
“There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:”
“Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.”

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.”

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!” (Luke 2:1-20 MSG)

Leadership is knowing that Christ was born to forgive, to live and doe so we might be forgiven.

Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is An Awesome Board #270

Laurie KennedyIs your Board awesome? The primary role of the Board is to represent the owner.  Hint! You are not the owner.

“To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:  Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” (1 Peter 5:1-4 NIV)

The spiritual life of your Board members guides your people. I like the phrase, ‘As the Board is, so go the people’. In Coaching Leaders, encourage them to get their hearts right with our Heavenly Father. As the Board members deal with issues in their lives, the health of the church improves.

Here are 7 questions to help your Board become awesome.

    1. Does your Board pray individually and collectively for the Ministry staff and church?
    2. Does your Board provide encouragement, direction and accountability to your Ministry Team?
    3. Do all your decisions and activities lead to toward the Vision, Mission and Values of the church?
    4. Does your Board guide and encourage the entire church to minister effectively?
    5. Is your Board multi-generational and multi-cultural?
    6. Does your Board speak with one voice?
    7. Is your future focused with hands on the steering wheel, or focused on the rear view mirror.

“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.” (Romans 12:11-13 MSG)

Leadership is … focusing your individual and collective Board role towards God’s plan.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Sharing Jesus #269

Laurie KennedyI have the best job in the world. I get to laugh, pray and cry with Pastors and church leaders all day long.

The newly trained car rental agent, had politely asked what I did and where was I headed. I confirmed my title was a Leadership Coach and we were heading to a conference with Pastors. The rental agent continued to question me. I shared that as a Leadership Coach I speak and consult in Leadership retreats across Western Canada. Further, I consult with people who love God, read their Bible and do their best to share God’s love with their communities. I also connect with leaders in 80 countries through Social Media. It was a short but positive conversation.

In our conference that week the speaker illustrated research that 80% of the population would respond positively if a friend (someone they knew and had a relationship with) would invite them to church, Bible study or a church activity. The data was fascinating. I haven’t met that particular Rental Agent again, but my prayer is that our brief conversation would move him one step closer to knowing Jesus. Then, someone (a friend of his) would invite him to know Christ.

“Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!” (Matthew 9:37-38 MSG)

It is a special honor. I really do have the best job in the world. I get to share with people wherever I travel about God’s love and my relationship with him.

Leadership is … sharing God’s love.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is iGen Potential #268

Laurie KennedyWhat are iGen teens worth in terms of long term leadership training?

The iGen teens are considered to have been born since 1997. They have used the Internet since preschool, are comfortable with technology and interacting on social Media. They are financially conscious, possibly due to the financial stresses felt by their parents. They are loyal, compassionate, thoughtful, open-minded, responsible and determined. They also view their peers as competitive, spontaneous, adventuresome and curious. A personal cell phone is considered a rite of passage and they believe a college degree is necessary to achieve career goals.

Entrepreneurship, technology and our computer based world is considered a higher priority for work than traditional life time jobs. They prefer person-to-person contact as opposed to online interaction and are well prepared for a global business environment. They want a feeling of fulfillment and excitement in their job that helps move our world forward while eager to be involved in their community. They are considered to be the most cause driven cohort in history.

“Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use.” (1 Timothy 4:12-14 MSG)

Our Youth Pastor invited me (a Baby Boomer) to meet with several teens in our church.

The Christ focused enthusiasm, clarity and dedication of the teens was awesome. They have a personal relationship with Christ and are focused on sharing God’s love with their world. I was impressed.

What are our iGen teens worth in terms of long term leadership training? Everything!

Leadership is …investing our time, money and mentoring resources in the lives of iGen teens.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Shepherd Board Members #267

Laurie KennedyCongratulations, you have been prayerfully asked to be a Board Member at your church or Mission. You are prayerfully considering the role. You know there are regular meetings, you also know there are other members but, what really is your role as a Board member?

“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” (1 Corinthians 1:10 NIV)

The purpose of the Board is to represent the owner. That’s God! It is His church and mission. As a Board member here are 12 questions to regularly evaluate how effective you are.

  • Do you model spiritual leadership to the congregation?
  • Do you serve with integrity ensuring Board decisions are consistent with God’s word?
  • Do you love Jesus and demonstrate God’s love at home and work?
  • Do you pray consistently for your Ministry Staff, People and the church as a whole?
  • Do you provide encouragement and accountability to the Lead Pastor?
  • Do you represent the church, not your personal interests?
  • Do you encourage the established Vision, Mission and Values of the church?
  • Do you commit to the financial and volunteer needs of your church?
  • Do you actively memorize scripture?
  • Do you visit and communicate with individuals/couples within your church?
  • Do you shepherd and care for your people as the Biblical shepherd cared for his sheep?
  • Do you disciple people to know Christ better?

“Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 MSG)

Leadership is … praying and implementing God’s will for His church.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership is a Healthy Church #266

Laurie KennedyIs your church a luxury cruise liner? Is it an aircraft carrier ready for battle? Or, could your church be compared to a hospital ship striving to meet the health and surgical needs of people worldwide? Ocean going ships, (just like churches) are not designed to float looking pretty in a harbor.

Similarly, God didn’t design our Pastors and Leaders to sit comfortably in the safe harbor of meeting with friends each week. God didn’t design our Sunday School and weekly Bible studies to resemble people sitting, eating and chatting on the luxury liner deck safely in the harbor.

The presumed safety and comfort of our weekend services is not what our Leaders are striving for. Our committed leaders seek the high seas and the miracles of a Vision demonstrating God’s love to our world.  Should we sometimes go to battle like the aircraft carrier? Yes! Should we be compared to the hospital ship seeking the hurt, providing loving and caring service? Yes!

We love our churches, the body of believers, the very bride of Christ is precious. Certainly we want to present Christ and His Bride as a healthy, vibrant expression of what He called us to be and do.

The most dangerous place for a ship during a storm is anchored in the harbor. There is risk that the ship will be damaged or destroyed. During the storm our ship needs to lift anchor and launch. The harbor is the last place we need to be.

To be healthy, our churches need to seek the high seas of our world, sharing our God given Spiritual Gifts, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. (Matthew 28:19 NIV)

Leadership is … praying our church out of the perceived safe harbor into the high seas of God’s calling.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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