Leadership

051 - Leadership Development

All pastors should be in the business of leadership development. If you aren't developing leaders around you and preparing people to lead in ministry areas, then you are probably building your ministry around you and limiting your church to whatever you can accomplish. The most important part of leadership development is deciding to develop leaders. After that, it's all about putting it together.

Matt Adair joins me from Athens, Georgia. He is a former National Director for the Acts 29 Church Planting Network. He is currently a lead pastor and coaches leaders through 5 Factors Leadership. In this episode he shares practical insights into how to go about developing leaders.

Highlights

  1. Leadership development is taking someone who is a leader or potential to be a leader and helping them maximize their potential.
  2. Leaders are all around you. You probably call them volunteers.
  3. One thing that connects all leaders is a sense of competence.
  4. Three development questions: 1. How are you? 2. What are you working on? 3. How can I help you?
  5. To find leaders, clarify what leadership is and what opportunities for leadership there are.

Links

5 Factors Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/five-factors-a-podcast-about-leadership/id1280143273?mt=2

5 Factors Leadership - https://fivefactors.net/welcome

Pipeline Academy - https://fivefactors.net/sales-page15679704

Follow Matt on Twitter - https://twitter.com/mattadair

Weekly Email

I send a weekly email out on Friday mornings full of great content from around the web. I include a ministry leader you should be following on social media. And I throw in some other fun stuff along the way like Starbucks gift cards so you can get a cup of coffee in the morning. You can subscribe at stanrodda.com and I'll throw in my eBook for FREE as my way of saying, "Thanks."

050 - Vision, Strategy and Values

I invited Daniel Im to come and speak with me on the topic of vision, strategy and values. He recently shared a 90-second video with Lifeway Leadership on these three things. I asked him to come and break it down a little further and to spend time getting practical on how we develop these three areas in ministry.

Highlights:

  1. Bi-vocational Ministry - Lifeway is developing a pathway for bi-vocational pastors at new churches.com.
  2. 90-second Video - distinguishing vision, strategy and values. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm2j-UgXFIA
  3. Your strategy can be broken down into two strands: leadership pipeline and discipleship pathway.
  4. Four categories to discover vision through a "Vision Audit": community history, community context, church people and church leadership context.
  5. Prepare for strategic trade-offs in your ministry. You must be as prepared for what you say "No" to as what you say "Yes" to.
  6. If everyone can say "Yes" to your values, they aren't clear enough.

Daniel Im's website - danielim.com

Follow him on Twitter - http://twitter.com/danielsangi

His book "No Silver Bullets" - https://www.amazon.com/No-Silver-Bullets-Transform-Ministry/dp/1433651548/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1514651460&sr=8-1&keywords=no+silver+bullets

Weekly Email

I send a weekly email out on Friday mornings full of great content from around the web. I include a ministry leader you should be following on social media. And I throw in some other fun stuff along the way like Starbucks gift cards so you can get a cup of coffee in the morning. You can subscribe at stanrodda.com and I'll throw in my eBook for FREE as my way of saying, "Thanks."

039 - Extreme Ownership

I recently finished reading, "Extreme Ownership - How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win" by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. This was easily one of my favorite books that I have read. Both former Navy Seals, Jocko and Leif share incredible stories and moments from Navy Seal Operations, focusing many times on a very difficult city called Ramadi.

They not only share incredible stories, but they then share the leadership principle found within that operation. Then they follow it up with practical application in the business world. It was not a difficult leap to make the connections into ministry.

In this episode of the show I share my four, favorite extreme ownership principles from the book. I want to encourage you to read the book if you haven't. It's a fascinating look at leadership from a different perspective, but also simple to understand and very challenging. My four, favorite principles of Extreme Ownership are...

1. Extreme Ownership - I am the commander. I am responsible.

2. No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders - It's not what you preach, it's what you tolerate.

3. Check the Ego - Often, the most difficult ego to deal with is your own.

4. Prioritize and Execute - Relax, look around, make a call.

Extreme Ownership Book - https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_17?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=extreme+ownership&sprefix=extreme+ownership%2Caps%2C128&crid=1JWFO6B1JKS22

Leif Babin - https://twitter.com/LeifBabin

Jocko Willink - https://twitter.com/jockowillink

038 - Creating a Healthy Church Culture

My friend, Tom Pounder, invited me to be a part of his Summer Ministry Vlog Week! I was honored and chose to share on a topic that is really important to me in this season of my ministry. Vlog post.

I would venture a guess and say that every leader wants to create a healthy culture in their environment. Whether they are in the ministry or church world, or they come from a business background. I don't know any leaders who say, "Yeah, I want an unhealthy culture in my organization." The reality is that we want a healthy culture, but sometimes we may not know exactly how to get there. In this episode, we explore five simple ways to begin creating a healthy church or ministry culture.

Resources |

Find more about Tom Pounder here...

http://ymsidekick.com

Podcast

Extreme Ownership - https://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Ownership-U-S-Navy-SEALs/dp/B015TM0RM4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502056261&sr=8-1&keywords=extreme+ownership

037 - Bite-Sized Leadership

Visionary leaders can see the big picture with relative ease. The challenge of leadership is answering the question, "How do we get there?"

Recently I went on a run and bit off a little more than I realized. The only way I was able to finish the run was by breaking the final mile up into chunks of about 100 yards. And sometimes leading toward a 5 year goal can feel like to big of a bite. And in order to achieve that goal of completing the 5 year plan and for the vision to become a reality, you have to break it up into 100 yards at a time. Or in this case, bite-sized chunks.

You may know where you're going in 5 years, but what does that mean for the next 30 days for you? What should your next month look like? What should dominate your calendar and time? What are the most important conversations you should be having? What things should you stop doing in the next 30 days for you to get a little closer to the finish line?

Breaking leadership up into bite-sized chunks can help manage some of the chaos and always gives a sense of progress.