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Growing Leaders Clean Their Plate—Even the “Spinach”

Growing Leaders Clean Their Plate—Even the “Spinach”

I like carrots—cooked, raw, plain or fancy. But spinach? I like spinach when it isn’t too spinachy, like creamed or fried (yes, like a potato chip).The truth is sometimes I need to eat spinach.What’s on Your Plate?Most ministry leaders get to choose what is on their plate—some even tailor their daily work to be the work they really want to do. The Advocace Ministry Capacity Framework identifies seven areas that successful vision-driven ministries master. The challenge for the leader is to decide which areas to keep and which to delegate.“[A] trap into which the [Christian leader] is in danger of falling is that he may do what comes naturally and just take it easy…To avoid this danger the [Christian leader] should voluntarily impose upon himself a life of labor as arduous as that of a farmer, a serious student or a scientist. No man has any right to a way of life less rugged than that of the workers who support him.”—A.W. TozerAlthough I think Tozer would have liked the StrengthsFinderTM, a diet of strengths-o ...Read more »
Walt Disney Showed How To Move Mission

Walt Disney Showed How To Move Mission

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”  -Walt Disney Walt Disney said it well: When we know our direction—and we feel urgency about our direction—we keep moving forward. That is the test of our mission statements: Does the mission statement create urgency and unity? “Keep Moving Forward” was an animating philosophy of Walt Disney. He wanted to imaginatively pursue his mission—and encouraged others to join him with their creativity. Radio people are full of great creativity. Let’s guide that innovative energy toward the station’s mission. Disney’s early mission was simple: “Make People Happy”. And he wanted his team to keep moving forward toward that mission. Make People Happy Make People Happy permeates everything at Disney. Recently, I interviewed Jim, ...Read more »
Three Steps for a Partnership Plan

Three Steps for a Partnership Plan

For months, the couple looked forward to their first trip to New York City. They wanted to see two Broadway shows, a Yankees game, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. While they prepared for their visit, the couple discovered other destinations they desired to visit: The Met, The Cloisters and other museums. With their limited amount of time the couple had to take a few moments each morning to plan their daily activities. They wanted to save time (and money) by visiting places that were close together. When the couple returned from their trip, they had stories and experiences that they told throughout their life. The couple planned to have stories for a lifetime—and they succeeded. Stories of God’s Provision Success with major gifts begins with a simple three-step written plan. 1. Desired Outcome. Simply fill in the blank saying what you desire for the end of your campaign: “God has provided enough so we may ___________________.” 2. Financial Goals. Determine ...Read more »
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