Tag: An Unstoppable Force

Leadership Is… Leading From Your Heart #300

Heart values are significant to the Servant Leader. Christ reminds us, “The things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart”. (Matthew 15:18 NIV) The heart values of  Servant Leaders are not designed for self-gratification and the glory of men. “A true servant does what he does from the heart to be seen by the Lord, not by men.” (Servant Leadership and Eldership)

The Servant Leader leads, as Christ did, from the heart. Instead of thinking control and personal power, the Christian Servant Leader lives by Christ’s values. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 2:5 KJV) This requires a transformation of thought, belief and practice. The Servant leader is not concerned about self, personal glory or individual accomplishment. “The substance of servant hood. It is about people who are willing to submit to the Lordship of Christ no matter what the personal implications.” (McManus, An Unstoppable Force)

“Real Servant Leadership begins when you decide to learn from and follow the real Servant Leader, Jesus Christ.” (Wilkes, Jesus on Leadership, Discovering the secrets of servant leadership from the life of Christ) Our daily life, work and volunteer activities should demonstrate Christ in all we do.

Servant Eldership is about serving others by serving Christ. Pastors, leaders, employers and volunteers, do you have a heart value to serve the people in your community? Do you serve from your heart filled with Christ’s love? What can you do this week to serve our Lord, the vision of your place of work and the church you attend? You, with God’s help, can change your heart, your neighbors heart and that of your community.  Christ did!

Leadership is … changing hearts not minds.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Serving! #229

Laurie KennedyLeaders come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. Their skills run the gamut; command and control, democratic, social organizer, delegate to a committee, always please the boss, dishonest, cover for me I’m busy, how can I make more money off of expense account and put your conscience on hold in this job.

We live and work in a challenging world economy overwhelmed with ethical and moral challenges. We are influenced daily by secular leaders offering solutions.  These leaders present as dynamic yet their results are less than positive.

As Christian leaders, we have to make a choice daily. We can follow the latest guru or we can strive to follow Christ.

“I am among you as the One who serves.” (Luke 22:27 NIV)

“…the substance of servant hood. It is about people who are willing to submit to the Lordship of Christ no matter what the personal implications”. (McManus, An Unstoppable Force)

“the criterion (job description) for leadership in the kingdom requires being a bondservant. A bondservant in Jesus’ day was someone who chose to be a servant for life, doing his master’s will.” (Winslow and Followwill, Christ in Church Leadership A Handbook for Elders and Pastors)

“The greatest among you will be your servant.  For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:11-12 NIV)

“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone wants to be first, must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:35 NIV)

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,” (Matthew 20:26 NIV)

You decide for you, your community, city and your country.

Christian Leaders, we need to stand strong and secure following Christ’s direction. For me, I’m with Joshua, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 NIV)

Leadership is … living God’s love by serving your followers.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Changing

Laurie Kennedy“The church was established on the promise of change. Hearts would be changed, families would be changed, marriages would be changed, communities would be changed, cities would be changed, and, yes, even the entire history of humanity and the earth itself would be changed by those swept up in this movement of God.” (An Unstoppable Force, Erwin McManus)

Coaching Ministry Leaders world-wide is fascinating. We all believe God has a plan. We know that God’s plan for us as individuals and churches is achievable and desirable. Yet our research and experience suggests that 70% of churches consider themselves unhealthy. The contradiction is obvious. We believe in God’s plan, yet we implement our own.

Look at Scriptural leaders. Moses preference was to avoid leadership (Exodus 3:11) yet his impact on his people is beyond imagination. Caleb and Joshua introduced the incredible opportunities in the Promised Land but the people refused (Numbers 13-14). Paul met God on the Damascus road, he accepted God’s plan and we are still influenced by him. (Acts 9:3-18 NIV)

Scripture challenges us, “… humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will … heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV). “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3 NIV) Haggai encourages us to consider our ways (plans systems, activities) to see if they are working, “the word of the Lord came through Haggai the prophet, saying, “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:3 NIV)

Paul tells us, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal.” (Philippians 3:13-14 NIV)

My premise today is not to change your theology or doctrine but to seriously challenge your methods to accomplish God’s plan for your community.

Leadership is … changing our future by doing something different today.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Servant Leadership

 

Laurie KennedyDuring the last day of our Master in Leadership program at Trinity Western University, our Director, Dr. Don Page gave us an awe inspiring message. Of the many things he told us, one phrase continues to stand out. Don said, with the completion of this program, we would never listen to a speech or watch a TV show or a movie without noting the Leadership styles. Even though that inspiring speech was ten years ago, I still look for Servant Leaders wherever I go.

These statements have re-affirmed his comments this week.

  • Servant Leaders develop other leaders.
  • Servant Leaders make hard decisions.
  • Servant Leaders are visionary: they believe in and motivate their people.
  • Servant Leaders find and build other Servant Leaders.
  • Servant Leaders have a Vision, Mission and Values to improve whatever they do.
  • Servant Leaders show the world a better way.
  • Servant Leaders lead by serving.
  • Servant Leaders care for their people and lead them toward the ultimate Vision.

As a leader, what can you do to demonstrate God’s love?

“Servant Leadership is being a servant first. The essence of servant leadership is leading by example.” (Courteous Rebel by Angie Mays)

“Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not the shepherd take care of the flock?” (Ezekiel 34:2 NIV) As Christian leaders, you are not here to serve “your own interests, but each of you to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4 NIV).

“…the substance of servant hood. It is about people who are willing to submit to the Lordship of Christ no matter what the personal implications”. (McManus, An Unstoppable Force)

“Leadership is not about being in charge, it is about taking care of those in your charge.” (Simon Sinek)

As a Leader, look to implement these characteristics at home, work and school today.

Leadership is … showing the world a better way!

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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