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Leadership Is Mentoring And Being Mentored #287

A mentor is a wise and trusted counsellor. Some mentors are formal, others casual. The “Mentoring discipline comes from the same root word as disciple.  Disciple means to teach or to train.” (Hunter, James C. The World’s most Powerful Leadership Principle) Each of us are challenged to choose a faith focused mentor to lead and guide.

I have the very unique privilege of having four mentors. I worked for three of them in their various Board Chair roles and the other is a very trusted friend.  They are each Christian Leaders, active in their churches and successful in their families and careers. All our discussions are scripturally based with the prayerful goal to be more effective, Christ-like Servant Leaders. We pray, share, learn from the books we read, the speakers we listen to and those we have consulted with. The best part is we learn from each other.

“The best leadership training program ever designed was a day-by-day mentoring, in which twelve students watched their Leader and then did what he did.”

Kevin A. Miller Leadership Journal

Note this fascinating illustration and paraphrase of the power of Christ’s mentoring. “The church in Jerusalem grew overnight from about 120 to 3,000. (Acts 2:41 NLT) Soon the number of men in the Jerusalem church had grown to about 5,000, so with women and children, the total was up to 15,000 or so. (Acts 4:4 NLT) After that, the number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem. (Acts 6:7 NLT) All the explosive growth took place without a single building program.” (Ray Bowman & Eddy Hall, When Not to Build An Architect’s Unconventional Wisdom for the Growing Church).

Scripture tells us to: “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:20-21 NIV)

Take a minute to think and pray for those who mentor you.  What have you learned? What are their qualifications and why did you choose them to be your mentors? Then, take another minute and ask yourself who looks to you as a mentor.  Why did they choose you and what are you teaching them?

Leadership is being a mentor and receiving mentorship from a trusted friend.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Visioning #276

You, your Pastor, Board and your people all have the same Vision, right? Vision discussions dominate my email and verbal questioning. It seems so obvious that leaders, volunteers and guests in a church or mission all need to work together. In another sense the idea of a whole church working and growing together in sync with each other seems like an impossible dream. Scripture says, We who believe are carefully joined together with Christ as parts of a beautiful, constantly growing temple for God”. (Ephesians 2:21 TLB)

Think about a jigsaw puzzle, a thousand unique colourful pieces spread over your dining room table. There are different shapes, a palate of primary colours mixed with a multitude of unique hues. The individual pieces without a picture make absolutely no sense. That’s your church without a vision. However, when you have the picture, you can fit pieces of similar colour and design to fit together.

Your Vision is the ‘What’ God wants you to accomplish. At The Jethro Group we pray and work toward the day when ‘Healthy Leaders: lead, serve and care with integrity’. Our reality is that every blog, seminar, coaching session and writing event is geared toward this Vision. We avoid anything that is not designed to move us forward.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish”. (Proverbs 29:18 KJV)

God gave Moses and his people, estimated to be one million strong, a long term vision of a Promised Land. A land of plenty. A land to live and worship in peace. God also gave his people a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to guide them toward the Vision.

We are no different today. As individuals, families and teams a future vision is essential. It gives all of us hope during difficult times of stress and a monitor of daily accomplishment. “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it”. (Habakkuk 2:2 KJV)

Leadership is moving you and your church from disarray and confusion to a God-directed Vision.

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 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 Appreciating Others #263

Laurie KennedyThe Jethro Group recognizes Pastors each October.

I wrote and hand delivered three letters today. Now three letters isn’t a big deal. I send and respond to hundreds each week.

Today’s letters were different, they were personal, hand delivered and contained a gift card.

We attend a medium sized church with a weekend attendance of 300. We pray for each of our ministry staff. As a Deacon, part of my role is to pray and communicate with our staff and a percentage of our people. We attend an amazing Life Group each week. I chair a small committee looking to lead our Board, Deacons and people toward our Vision, Mission and Values for the next ten years. We love our church

Back to my three letters.

My research and experience with Pastors confirms they give of themselves, talk and share on a continual basis, but they rarely take or are offered the time for someone to listen, really listen to them. They have friends, but their closest friends are other Pastors. Friends within the church often means they are church dependent. Pastors worry about losing their church friends and relationships due to a Sunday sermon series that is delivered well but goes nowhere.

My role as a friend is to listen, and share about church and non-church activities while reinforcing our Pastors in their work. I encourage them in their prayer life and the very positive health of our church.

My three hand delivered letters were individually written. They were focused on each individual Pastor on the four points of: thank you for all you do, we appreciate you, pray for you and feel free to call when you need anything.

And now, friends, we ask you to honour those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 MSG)

Happy Ministry Staff appreciation month from the Jethro Group.

Leadership is praying for and supporting our Pastors and Ministry Leaders world-wide.

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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