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Increased Faith and Deliverance from Control of the Calculator

Increased Faith and Deliverance from Control of the Calculator

In our Christian ministries, we have board members or staff members who struggle to dream. They find solace in calculating why something cannot work. Jesus also had these people in his life. Look at how A.W. Tozer sees Philip as Jesus envisions feeding the five thousand. Philip answered, “Two hundred silver pieces wouldn’t be enough to buy bread for each person to get a piece.” John 6:7 (MSG) Philip the Calculator A.W. Tozer writes in Tozer on Christian Leadership: A 366-Day Devotional, Here in the New Testament was Philip the Calculator—Philip the Mathematician, Philip the Clerk. There was need for a miracle and Philip set out to calculate the odds. Probably every Christian group has at least one person with a calculator. I have sat on boards for many years and rarely is there a board without a Philip the Calculator among its members. When you suggest something, out comes the calculator to prove that it cannot be done… As I say, I have been sitting on these boards for m ...Read more »
How to Crawl Out of the Christian Ministry Leadership Crisis, Part 1

How to Crawl Out of the Christian Ministry Leadership Crisis, Part 1

Dear Christian Ministries,There’s a famous apocryphal story regarding Abraham Lincoln. Before delivering the Emancipation Proclamation he met with his seven cabinet members. He presented the speech and then took a vote to secure their approval. One by one the seven cabinet members said, “Nay.” After surveying all seven, Lincoln voted. He said, “Aye!” Followed by, “The ayes have it.”Leaders advance the cause even in the face of opposition…even if it means going it alone.Christian Ministry Leadership CrisisWe have a crisis in Christian ministry leadership.Before you click off this blog allow me to offer some evidence for the crisis.Christian ministry is disappearing. Instead of meeting with the team and casting a vision, many ministries have simply thrown in the towel. The lack of new leaders coming into ministry, and dissatisfaction among those who work in Christian ministry displays a lack of leadership.· Why are we having a tough time attracting new leaders?· Why are so many who work in Christian ministries ...Read more »
Bullseye! 15 Simple Minutes for Team Member Success

Bullseye! 15 Simple Minutes for Team Member Success

Archery proved difficult for me—I typically wanted to change the direction of the arrow after I released the bowstring. New team members are like arrows: if you want them to hit the target of your expectations, spend time on your aim. Just Focus on the Target Early in my career, I worked in an organization with specific daily activity goals. Every morning, we came to the office at 8 am for a 15 minute meeting. The meeting agenda was simple and consistent: The leader asked each team member to report on each of these three questions in 60 seconds or less: 1) What did you learn yesterday? 2) Did you achieve your goal? 3) How may I help you achieve your goal today? Aim Every Morning New team members (and a lot of us who have been around for a while) need help focusing on what is important to the organization. It is easy for any of us to become distracted by rush‑hour traffic, a situation at home or even at a comment we just read on Facebook. Leaders make a big impact on the growth and success of the ...Read more »
Advocace’s Motivation for Working with Christian Nonprofits

Advocace’s Motivation for Working with Christian Nonprofits

God has given me this great vision: Help Christian ministries and nonprofits reach their vision and take forward the Gospel. There could be no better way to spend my days than fulfilling this purpose.

Our team at Advocace shares this vision. We work with leaders of nonprofit organizations to ensure that more homeless people have a bed at night, more men and women receive education and grow into Christian leaders, and more families come to a point of reconciliation with one another.

 

From rescue missions to Christian universities, seminaries and K-12 schools to missions organizations and radio stations, my desire revolves around seeing these Christian ministries and nonprofits make much of Christ.

Maybe you have a vision that you would like to take to the next level. It would be my pleasure to talk with you about that—just give me a call or send me an email.

Leaders Give You a Personal Vision

Leaders Give You a Personal Vision

Tom Durfey (lower left), ORU campus radio  faculty advisor gave vision to his students that continues to impact lives 35 years later. Pictured also, Joe Miller (K-Love/EMF Broadcasting), Tim McDermott ( KSBJ/Houston) & Paul Martin (Advocace). Dr. Tom Durfey gave his students—including myself—a vision of the impact they could make. Tom owned a radio station but sold this thriving business to become a college professor at Oral Roberts University. As a hands-on business owner, his experiences were meaningful, memorable and motivational. You’ll see what I mean if you read to the end. Like all strong leaders, Tom gave me experience through his stories. Those experiences gave me direction as I encountered similar situations in the professional world. Leader’s Experience Became My Experience Tom once told a retailer to give the radio station the same budget given to ...Read more »
The Pain in Setting Goals

The Pain in Setting Goals

I’ll confess something to you: I have had a real problem with goals for a long time. I used to be gung-ho with goals—for years, I wrote them and I reviewed them almost every day. I can even point back to significant milestones in life were brought to reality because I prayed through goal-setting and goal-achieving every day. Reality, Aspirations and Goals But when our oldest daughter, Beth, was born, goals became so much harder to set.  Those of us with kids understand the disappointments of decisions and the powerlessness we feel.  Perhaps you are like me that before the child is born you have great aspirations for the girl’s (or boy’s) life.  Maybe she will be a physician who helps heal sick people.  Maybe she will be a great judge who settles matters in a wise and noble way.  Maybe she will carry the gospel to people who have never heard. These aspirations came into direct conflict with the reality of Beth’s birth—she was born without frontal ...Read more »
Managing in Front of 42,000 Screaming People

Managing in Front of 42,000 Screaming People

After watching the pitcher struggle through a couple of batters, the pitching coach knows it is time to walk to the mound. Forty-two thousand people in the stadium watch the pitching coach and hope his words help the pitcher make it through the inning without surrendering a run. So at a recent game, I asked my friend who was a professional baseball short-stop for eight years, “What does the pitching coach say to a struggling pitcher on the mound?” Jeff told me that the pitching coach watches the multi-gazillion dollar pitcher closely on every wind-up, every pitch and every follow-through.  The coach observes the pitcher’s posture, motion, release and eyes.  Every pitch,  Every game.  With each movement in his mental catalog of the pitcher, the coach sees the normal, the abnormal and the potentially disastrous. He knows when the pitcher is at his best and when…well, when something bad could happen. I interrupted Jeff, “So what does he say, in front of 42, ...Read more »
Weaknesses: God’s Strength at Work

Weaknesses: God’s Strength at Work

People succeed not so much because of full utilization of their strengths but because of their not having significant shortcomings.  —Bradford Smart “Your backhand can lose a game that your forehand won.” I remember my father telling me that after winning his tennis match one day.  Then at 80 years old, his decades of observing tennis offered a remarkably simple truth: Your strengths can put you ahead but your weaknesses can make you lose the game. Sure, sharpening your strengths is a good idea, but getting control of your weaknesses is key to high-impact performance. Acknowledging weaknesses is the first step to see God perform a mighty work.  That why the Apostle Paul wrote: I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:10 Mere acknowledgment of weaknesses, accompanied by a prayerful plan to smooth them down, allows your strengths to shine brighter. Never dwell on weaknesses, pray for discipline and G ...Read more »
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