We Missed It!

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There is a strategic purpose for a set of blueprints. They convey the vision of the architect to those who are called to construct what is ultimately desired. Any deviation whatsoever from the original plan can only produce something quite different from the original intent of the designer. When this occurs, three words immediately come to mind – We Missed It!

I believe those words ring greatly true for the church man has raised in comparison to the church Christ declared He would build (Mt. 16:18). In the heart of the Father is to build through Christ a household or a family (Eph. 2:19-22) and not some corporate organization. Men have erected that which is transactional and not that which was intended to be highly relational (Eph. 4:16). As a result, we have denominations and fellowships which are more hierarchical in nature versus being relational at their core as the Lord intended. In other words, we missed it!

Sons are what the Father desires (Rom. 8:29). Sons who are conformed in the image of His Son. The Bible is replete with the language of family and of a household (Eph. 2:19; 3:15; Mt. 10:25; Gal. 6:10; 1 John 3:1). The Word of God makes the consistent case for family over organization. Search the scriptures and you too will find that God is about family, His household and sons! We missed it! 

But thank God He allows “change orders!” Even though foundations must be “re-layed”, we must carry out God’s design God’s way! Who’s design will we trust? If we go on doing what we are doing, we will only get more of what we already have!

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Excerpt from the Forthcoming Book: “When Sons Become Fathers”

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“At some point sons both natural and spiritual may more than likely become fathers. Preparing sons not only for the period of transition but their new role is the responsibility of the father whether biological or spiritual. Failure here has the potential of adversely effecting subsequent generations and ultimately aborting the destiny given to a family or a ministry vision” (An excerpt from When Sons Become Fathers by Apostle Reginald M. Holiday)

Leading or Loafing?

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As a leader, are you leading or loafing? In other words, are you leading at your maximum potential or are you loafing your way through life and ministry doing as little as you can with what God gave you?

In the final analysis, the difference between good and great is only just a small amount more effort. Determine today to use all you have been given to be all you can be and to go from loafing to leading if that be the case. And if you are already leading at your maximum potential, who are you helping to reach theirs? #LeadingOrLoafing

“7 Questions to Ask God” from the CEO’s of Ministry Institute

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“7 Questions to Ask God” from the CEO’s of Ministry Institute”

1) Where is my intimacy with You, God, based on Your desire for me personally?

2) Am I positioned correctly as a leader, to ensure maximum response Your mandates?

3) How effectively and consistently am I executing the 5 point CEO job description as an example to those entrusted to me?
– Provide Direction
– Obtain P, I, Rs
– Commission the work (yes, no or redirect it)
– Provide success (coaching, teaching and training)
– Obtain evaluation

4) How effectively am I carrying out the Great Commission and thereby keeping the core competent leaders You send?

5) How am I doing in ensuring a legacy with this work of Yours – by instituting effective succession coaching, a leader pipeline and leadership engine?

6) In the process of achieving Your vision am I adding value and empowering Your people through relationship, partnership and team building?

7) In the course of doing Your work, where is my love for people and how close am I to seeing things from Your eyes?

Stay On Target!

Who’s Leading Who?

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One area many times leaders fail to examine is while they are leading others, who’s leading them? Self-leadership is critical. And for the Christian leader being lead by the Spirit of Christ is imperative. But we live in a day where unfortunately many Christian leaders are being led by the spirit of the age or some other spirit. Leaders, let’s examine ourselves and use the Word of God as the standard of examination. In the final analysis, how we have lead ourselves will be evaluated by the One who also gave us the call and His Word will be the standard He uses. #Leadwell

Stay On Target!

Pushing Your Leader to Success – Part 1

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Great Day!

Here is a lesson that all support leaders need to master.

Background Scriptures: Ep. 6:18-20; Lk. 18:3; Ga. 6:6; He. 13:16; 1 Ti. 5:17-18

No ministry will ever reach its maximum potential in God or carry out those things necessary for vision fulfillment without having a group of leaders who desire to see their leader and their ministry succeed. In this brief article are a few important elements to being the type of leader that “pushes his/her leader to success”!

Two critical definitions for our study:

Pushing – To press or urge forward; an advance against opposition; aggressive enterprise

Success – The fulfillment of a God-given assignment or calling

Ministry workers, servant leaders and the like must have a mind for pressing and urging the plan of vision of their leader forward against any and all opposition in an aggressive way for the purpose of fulfilling their leader’s (or set man’s) God-given assignment in the earth.

As a ministry worker or HELPS worker, I must be willing to consistently do whatever it takes to bring the vision of my leader and this local church to pass! This requires that …

–          I know that I will always serve someone else’s vision

–          I know that serving the vision of another is prerequisite to ultimately possessing my own

–          I know that as I serve my leader’s vision, I activate the Law of Reciprocity in my own life

–          I know that God will typically allow you to have Leah before He gives you Rachel

–          I know that relinquishing Rachel requires me to embrace Leah

 Pushing your Leader to Success demands that you be one who adds value to your leader and what he is assigned by God to do!

This requires:

Proper PerspectiveHow do I see my leader and what he has been called to do?

I must see my leader as:

–          The one God, Himself has set (Num. 27:16)

–          A “gift from God” (Jer. 3:15; Eph. 4:11)

–          The “key leader” in God’s leadership structure (James 3:4)

–          The person in charge; the one with the God-given responsibility to lead and direct the local church (Ezek 34:23)

–          One whose responsibilities affect every aspect of local church life (Heb. 3:5AMP)

I must see what my leader is called to do as a kingdom mandate and realize that as I do “it” first, according to God’s way of doing things, the “other” will be added to me (Mt. 6:33).

Proper PositioningAm I in the right position to be an asset to his success?

–          Mentally, Physically, Spiritually, Financially, Organizationally, Educationally

Persistent PonderingHow much time do I devote towards: thinking through the vision, thinking through what God has revealed through my leader about the vision, considering my leader’s words and desires spoken out loud? How can I be a catalyst for bringing it to pass?

Prolific ProductivityDo I make the right things happen or do I simply take care of menial matters desiring ovations of approval?

You can in no way position your leader for success unless you follow these 10 keys:

Key #1 – Make sure your personal house is in order

Key #2 – Be a Load Lifter!

Key #3 – Sign up for the assignments others refuse to accept

Key #4 – Develop into a First Class Leader

Key #5 – Get more than your leader’s words, also get his heart!

Key #6 – Value your leader’s time

Key #7 – Be a “Go to Player”

Key #8 – Set your mind to constantly improve

Key #9 – Become a vision pusher

Key #10 – Exemplify the behavior your leader desires

(We will unfold these ten keys in our next installment here on the CGD webpage.)

What are the benefits of setting your leader up for success? (What’s in it for me?)

While you are seeking God’s kingdom first, according to God’s way of doing things, the other things will be added unto you!

Accomplishment – The realization of being a part of something historic, great and integral to the Kingdom of God!

Favor – it will arise from God, from your leader and those you assist him in serving

Promotion – Advancement in the Kingdom of God, the local church and/or secular assignments

Pleasing God – Owners get to carry a piece of God’s heart. When we desire the leader’s success, we are motivated to do all we do to God’s glory thus pleasing Him and receiving the blessings that arise from doing so!

Stay On Target!

 

Leading You – Part 3

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“Leading you” requires self-discipline. Self-discipline simply put is the ability to tell yourself “no” and stick with it. It is imperative to your success as a leader that you be able to discipline yourself. You must know what things to say “no” to which frees you up to say “yes” to the right things. It is what we say “yes” to that has great influence on how well we lead ourselves. What are you currently saying “yes” to that you should begin to say “no” to immediately in order that you can move forward in becoming the best leader you can be?

The Apostle Paul said concerning his own self-discipline: “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) We too, in leading ourselves well must discipline ourselves daily. As one man said, “do the do’s not the don’ts and do it up!”

Stay OnTarget!