Tag: George Barna

Leadership Is… A Body Of Believers #305

Every church or mission is unique with its own culture. This culture is a mosaic of the vision, mission, values, habits, beliefs, traditions and rules held by the individuals involved. These components work together to develop the culture and define the spiritual health of your church. 

A servant led church would be a living, growing, learning organism that radiates Christ’s love. “If you don’t live it, you don’t believe it.” (Larry Spears, Theory of Servant-Leadership.)

Your church is a body of believers. This body of Servant Leaders, demonstrating God’s love through serving has the potential for impacting its surrounding community. Imagine the unprecedented impact a group of dedicated Christ following churches would have on our world. Small decisions influence larger decisions and transformed lives impact others, the wave of influence for Christ is beyond imagination in today’s world.

A Servant led church would have a dynamic, exciting and motivating vision based firmly on God’s Word plus the values and spiritual gifts of its people. The vision would focus each individual to a closer personal relationship with God. The vision would involve leading others to Christ and developing disciples. There would be Home Bible Studies and opportunities to meet for prayer during the week in addition to the weekend services. Each service would be designed to bring people into a closer relationship with their heavenly Father. This church would be committed to win their community for Christ.

George Barna surveyed people who didn’t attend church presently, asking if they decided to attend a church, what would influence their choice. “The most common response was they would seek a church that was committed to helping people outside the church who needed care and consideration”. (www.barna.com) I find this fascinating. People who don’t attend church see community service as a factor that would influence their choice of a church to attend. “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4 NKJV)

Serving in church should be equivalent to a gene or DNA within the human genogram. Imagine a loving, caring serving gene within the growing living organism of your church that grows and reproduces itself. The influence would be beyond imagination.

Leadership is … showing God’s love to your community.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Growing a Serving Culture

Laurie KennedyEvery church has a unique culture. Like a mosaic, the culture is a combination of the Vision, Values, Habits, beliefs and traditions of the individuals within the church. These components work to develop the culture and spiritual health.

The church is not a building. It is a body of believers. A body of believing Servant Leaders will transform the culture of a church. A church demonstrating God’s love through Servant Leadership has a greater potential for impacting its surrounding community. Imagine the unprecedented impact dedicated Christ followers could have on our world. As small decisions influence larger decisions and transformed lives impact others, the wave of influence for Christ is beyond imagination in today’s world.

A Servant led church would have a dynamic, exciting and motivating Vision based firmly on God’s word. This Vision would focus each individual to a closer personal relationship with God. The Vision would involve leading others to Christ, developing disciples and demonstrating the values and spiritual gifts of its people.  There would be Home Bible studies providing opportunities to meet for prayer and relationship building during the week in addition to the weekend services. Each service performed is designed to bring people into a closer relationship with their heavenly Father. This church would be committed to win their community for Christ.

In 1999, George Barna surveyed people who didn’t attend church presently, asking that if they decided to attend a church what would influence their choice. “The most common response was they would seek a church that was committed to helping people outside the church who need care and consideration”. I find it fascinating, people who don’t attend church see community service as a factor that would influence their choice of which church to attend. Paul instructs us “In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4 NIV)

Leadership is … living a Christ focused serving culture.

Yours in Service,

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

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Leadership Is Positive Guest Service

Laurie KennedyI delivered six boxes of books to a Christian used book store. I met four men sitting having coffee and a lady working at the counter. Without putting down his coffee, one of the men told me they were not interested in my books. I returned home with my Bible commentaries, reference material, some with sermon notes and ideas scribbled in the margin. Many by famous authors. A quick call to another Christian used book store and all my books have a new home.

I bought a new lawn mover. It was hard to start, coughed and needed a rest every 20 minutes. I returned the faulty lawn mower, received my money back less a 20% re-stocking fee (even though they agreed the lawn mower was faulty). I went to another store, bought a similar lawn mower and the sales person confirmed the Lawn Mower hospital would fix it for free.

While travelling to speak at a leaders retreat in a beautiful mountain resort, a major airline delivered me on time, but lost my luggage. Imagine the challenge of arriving in a new location with people I didn’t know and no luggage. However, the next day the Airline found my luggage, accepted full responsibility, gave me a discount on my next flight, flew it to me and hired a taxi to deliver it to our weekend resort. The most amazing thing is they treated me so well. I wrote the president of the airline and thanked him for the great job they did, even though they lost my luggage.

Do guests feel welcome, encouraged and comfortable in your church? Or, do they visit and leave never to worship with you again. George Barna tells us in A Fish out of Water, “The most dramatic effect of Christian leadership… is felt more so by the day-to-day ideas, conversations, choices, and activities of individual believers in the workforce, the marketplace, the halls of leisure and other public forums.” Seek out a few non-church folks this week and ask them what you could do to improve the experience for your weekly guests.

Leadership is demonstrating God’s love through positive guest service.

Yours in Service,

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

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Leadership is Under the Microscope

Our families, churches, corporations and our nation is built and shaped by leaders. In order to change our world, we first need to change the skill set and effectiveness of our leaders.

Consider the changing roles of our Pastors. Young people are called to enter the Ministry. They go to Bible College and Seminary to be taught by Biblical scholars. Then, with the God given gifts of preaching and teaching, they graduate and enter their life calling. This calling fast becomes a burnout job. Our churches expect these men and women to define a vision, motivate a team of volunteers, supervise staff and coordinate building projects. Then we add administrative systems, finances, changing demographics and instant email communication while our Pastors struggle to develop multicultural ministries. To survive, our Pastors are forced to stretch way beyond their gifts, strengths and abilities.

“Our interviews with nation-wide, representative samples of Protestant Pastors consistently show that most Pastors do not even consider themselves to be leaders. Fewer than one out of every 20 pastors believes he/she has the spiritual gift of leadership. Fewer than one out of every four pastors claims to serve the church as a true leader. Most of them feel they have been called, trained and hired to preach and teach. Leadership, for most pastors, is just one of those unfortunate duties they must endure as part of the deal that allows them to do that which really turns them on-preaching and teaching.” The habits of highly effective churches by George Barna.

Paul defined a number of leadership roles and illustrated the effect of the team working together.  He called the team a body.

“From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:16)

Do your work, committees, assignments and budget decisions all work together to accomplish the vision of the church?

Leadership is everyone working together effectively.

As an effective member of the team, what can you do to support your Pastor today?

Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach

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