Have you ever had a moment where a thought you’ve had, or something you’ve heard or read stops you in your tracks for a moment and makes you think? This happened to me about a week ago while reading my Bible. I was reading in Psalm 34 and came across verse 4, “I sought the Lord and he answered me, he delivered me from all my fears.” Here’s where my mind went…
This is a post I wrote for our churches Leadership Blog about hosting the Leadership Summit back in August which was titled “The Power of Hospitality.” It’s not just about that event, but the possibility of what church could look like if we were as intentional with our lobby and parking lot as we were with our services…
Last week was a little different around here at River Valley Church. We had the privilege to host the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. Over 500 business and ministry leaders from all over the south metro came to be inspired by world-class leadership teaching. Though it is something I look forward to every year, this isn’t my first Leadership Summit. The difference this year, for me, started during our early morning prep to meet with our amazing River Valley LifeTeam volunteers…the people who would welcome and host the hundreds of guests about to walk through our church doors. Something significant occurred to me: What would happen – what could happen – if these business leaders were so impacted by simply experiencing our team’s hospitality, that it changed the way they ran their companies? What kind of impact could we make? How far-reaching could that hospitality be? Continue reading “Less Lights, More Lobby; Why Hospitality should be Emphasized”
After awhile without writing, I felt the need to get back to it… only to realize I needed to finish Part 3! The truth is, inviting people to our team (Pt. 1) and allowing them to share the experience (Pt. 2) can almost be easy for some leaders, especially those who are extroverts and natural “includers.” The true test of leadership, and the test of how well you as a leader have prepared those you lead, is when and how you release them into their calling. Continue reading “Pt. 3 – Release to Lead”
Last week I threw out Pt. 1 – The Importance of a Leaders Invitation, which started my thoughts on the leadership training Timothy received from Paul. Today, I want to share what I believe is the most important part of the puzzle. So many leaders don’t to expand the number of those they are directly impacting because they are worried about what to teach. True Leadership isn’t verbal anyway! Continue reading “Pt. 2 – Share the Experience”
Back in August we had a leadership night here at River Valley Church, and ever since then I have been thinking about the leadership training that Paul passed on to Timothy. I see three keys to this leadership training that each one of us should constantly be doing in our own lives. I think it’s important that we are intentional about being involved in all three stages at all times. Leadership is cyclical and never ending!
Here is the first key… Continue reading “Pt. 1 – The Importance of a Leader’s Invitation”
Today I was reading Jonah chapter 1. I’ve read it a lot. I’ve preached on it more than once. Yet, the cool thing about scripture is that God can give you something new each time you read it!
So back to the story many of you may already know… Jonah gets called by God to a place he doesn’t want to go so he jumps on a ship headed in the opposite direction. While he’s cashed out below deck a storm comes up and threatens to wreck the ship and kill everyone on board. The captain, who’s obviously a nice guy, wakes up Jonah to see if “his god would take notice.” The crew members cast lots, find out it’s all Jonah’s fault, don’t want to kill him (which I wish the bible would expound more on, because I’m sure they didn’t want the wrath of God because they were murders, but they just found out it was Jonah’s fault that all of their lives were in danger! You can’t tell me there wasn’t at least one guy onboard that was ready toss him overboard immediately! But I digress…), but finally realize after the storm gets even worse that their only hope is to toss Jonah overboard. And they do (which made that one guy who wanted to in the first place happy, I’m sure). Continue reading “God can use your shortfall”
For those of us who are young leaders in the Church ( <-note the big “C” ) there is constantly a temptation to see pastors and leaders who are further down this road than us and want the influence and platform that they have. There are 2 verses in Exodus that help me bring this urge into perspective and both are found in chapter 33. The first is verse 13, Moses’ perspective on the huge leadership platform that he was given. His words to God were, “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favour with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” (emphasis mine). Leadership is nothing more that stewarding the influence that God has given you. Your job is to stay in relationship with God and know is ways. He will give you leadership when you are ready for it and realize its leading HIS people. Continue reading “A Message to Young Leaders”
Peter lays out the life of a christian pretty clearly in just three verses, 2 Peter 1:5-7. So you believe, thats called faith. Now stop stealing cheating, lying, and do what’s right… that’s called being good. After that, while being good, read and get to know God’s word, also known as gaining knowledge. Once you start gaining knowledge, put it into practice (self-control). But just knowing and doing doesn’t mean temptation is going to go away, so you must persevere through temptations and hardships. Once you can put together faith, knowledge, self-control, and perseverance, you will begin to understand what godliness truly is. He overcame ALL while we struggle to persevere and we start to have higher respect and understanding of God and begin to align our hearts with His… Godliness. As we struggle through our own attempt at godliness it forces us to appreciate other’s stories and struggles and extend kindness to them. This teaches us to love the way we should, the way Jesus tells us people will know us by (John 13:35).
Then repeat. Continue reading “So you’re saved… now what?”