Leadership

059 - Disciple Making Movements

This conversation is sure to inspire, challenge and convict many of us in our current ministry areas. I am so excited to have Jon Ralls on this episode. He is a former college professor, soccer coach and now a friend in ministry. I love what he is doing and what God is up to through him. He is going to lay out for you in this episode what God is up to.

Jon shares about his work with "Media 2 Movement" and the "Zume Project." Through those ministries, God is bringing about a disciple-making movement through Jon and his teams around the globe. But it's not just anywhere. Disciples makers are being made and simple churches are starting in some of the hardest to reach areas in the world. Nations that we can't name for security reasons. Nations that are anti-Christian. Nations where persecution is real and Christians are called to die for their faith. 

And in the middle of all of this amazing work, he is also fighting cancer. He is a warrior on so many levels. Not only his military experience, but also his work for Christ and fighting cancer. His story is truly inspiring and encouraging.

Highlights |

  • My passion is to see that there are no unreached or unengaged people groups with the Gospel.
  • There are going to be millions of people who are born, get married and live life but never once hear the name Jesus. That's unacceptable to me.
  • Our teams are working in countries that are sending people to ISIS and because of disciple making movements we are seeing tens of people every month baptized in these places.
  • We spent $26 on Facebook ads and 30 people wanted to learn about Jesus and were passionate about getting Bibles.
  • Discipleship and evangelism aren't separate. You can do both at the same time.
  • We are training people to be the church and to reach people in other groups in their relational sphere of influence (oikos).
  • If we're going to plant, we must plant in our weakness. God, only you can do this.
  • Our current systems in the church create dependency not disciples.
  • We need to go on the offensive. Do a prayer walk around and get to know your neighborhood.
  • Make a list of 100 people you know who don't know Jesus. Then list 5 you want to talk to about Him.
  • The people who have the hardest time listing lost people they know are pastors.
  • The Holy Spirit is pretty good at what He does.
  • What struck me about the early church and its growth to millions was not what they had, but what they did not have and yet they flourished.
  • We utilize generational mapping that can see disciples out to the 8th generation.
  • There are movements here in the States that are happening. Generational, simple gatherings of believers that consider themselves the church.
  • That is what's so attractive about the church. It is Jesus in our midst and the Spirit working in our lives.
  • I truly believe that we could see the fulfillment of seeing the Gospel in all places in our lifetime. We could finish the task.
  • I love the church. I love it in every form and place. I love those who love the Bride of Christ.

Links |

Disciple Tools - https://disciple.tools

Kingdom Training - https://kingdom.training

Zume Project - https://zumeproject.com

The Rise of Christianity - by Rodney Stark - https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Christianity-Marginal-Religious-Centuries/dp/0060677015/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521843083&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=Lies+of+Christianity+Rodney+Stark

Simple Church - by Thom Rainer - https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Church-Returning-Process-Disciples/dp/0805447997/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521850866&sr=8-1&keywords=simple+church&dpID=41jF-8jr4pL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

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057 - Lessons Learned from Exponential

I recently got back home after attending the Exponential Conference in Orlando, Florida. And all I can say is that if you're missing out on the resources and content from Exponential, you need to change that. This podcast episode focuses on some of my lessons learned while at Exponential. I was fortunate enough to be able to serve as the social media guy during the week. Running Twitter and Facebook for a conference this size had me a little nervous, but it ended up being a fantastic week.

In this episode I share 4 lessons learned at main sessions. All of those lessons learned I tweeted live while they were happening. I also share 1 lesson learned while walking through the different workshops. I share that in this episode and in the highlights below. 

Highlights |

  • "You can spend 20 years in ministry doing the right thing and miss the greater thing God is doing." Albert Tate
  • "What percentage of what you know do you actually obey?" Jossy Chacko
  • "You don't have a church. You've been entrusted to steward what belongs to the living God." Leonce Crump
  • "I'm asking you to make a commitment today to be someone who will give your life away for the Kingdom so that it can be on earth as it is in heaven." Danielle Strickland
  • "Husbands, pray over your wives. Don't just pray for them. Wrap them in your arms and pray a simple prayer over them." Geoff Surratt

Links |

Exponential Conference - http://exponential.org

Digital Access Pass - https://exponential.net/digital-access-pass/

Exponential Events - https://register.exponential.org

Weekly Email |

I send a weekly email called "Stan's Field Notes" 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."

052 - Courage To Lead

In this conversation, I talk with Shawn Lovejoy about his coaching ministry, Courage to Lead. He is having the time of his life pastoring pastors. Shawn has seen some of the great successes of the mega church. He is a church planter. He has great insight and practical wisdom when it comes to ministry. 

We talk specifically about Courage to Lead, but then also touch on systems, teams and culture. Every tension in ministry can be boiled down to these three growth gears; right system, right team and right culture. Shawn breaks this down for us in this episode.

Highlights

  1. Some of us are great players, others of us are better coaches.
  2. We coach leaders through what keeps us up at night.
  3. The three growth gears of ministry: right system, teams and culture
  4. Every church is perfectly structured for the results they're getting now.
  5. We wait on God to grow our ministry, but God is waiting on us to structure for growth.
  6. If the only way someone can be saved is to meet with me (the pastor), then I'm the bottleneck on our ability to grow.
  7. A system is a bridge that moves things and people from where they are to where they need to be.
  8. The majority of people are introverts. Rise introverts!
  9. We assimilated 500 people into small groups in a 2-week period of time because we utilized the power of a simple step.
  10. It's lazier to sit around and check my inbox to see if someone needs me than to be intentional about creating systems.

Resources

Courage to Lead - http://www.couragetolead.com

Shawn Lovejoy - http://twitter.com/shawnlovejoy

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."

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."