Laurie KennedyGood morning Christ focused leaders. It is Monday morning, the start of a new week and the first day of your future.

Some of you lead in secular organizations. Others lead in church and Mission organizations. Some leaders work with a few employees and volunteers, others lead leaders who are responsible for hundreds of employees and volunteers. The size or type of your organizations is not significant.

Here is a question that I’d love each of you to think about.

What programs and activities in your church or mission organization are working effectively, supporting the Vision, Mission and Values of your organization?

Also consider the opposite. What programs are using up valuable resources but are not supporting the Vision, Mission and Values?

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any.  So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.” (Luke 13:6-8 NIV)

Now, take time to seriously evaluate what fruit you are producing?

I’m always shocked that some churches continue to run programs and activities without knowing their Kingdom impact. When churches don’t differentiate the positive, growing and spiritually impacting programs from the others, the church is failing.

Once you have evaluated, prayerfully work to encourage and build those programs and activities that are leading to positive results and prayerfully phase out those that do not.

Leadership is … eliminating the mediocre and reinforcing positive spiritual growth.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group