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Are You Willing?

Shane —  October 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

Willing.

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Not from obligation. But because you’re willing.

Jesus was willing to heal this man. Everyone else saw this man as a bother. Jesus saw this man as someone in need of restoration.

As a leader, do your people see you as willing?

Willing to serve.
Willing to help.
Willing to lead.

Or do your people think you think they are a bother?

How can you be willing today?

This series is about leadership lessons we can apply to our everyday lives from the stories of Jesus’ miracles. Today’s reading is from Matthew 8:1-4.

Humble Authority

Shane —  October 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

Authority is one of the most important commodities you can have as a leader.

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By definition, authority is the ability to give orders and make decisions.

But, if you come in with guns blazing, you will spend all the authority you have quickly.

Jesus impressed others with his authority, without trying to impress them with his authority.

He simply did what he did. And they were impressed. Why?

Because he didn’t need to flaunt it. He knew he had the authority in God’s Word for life. He knew he had the authority over demons and to restore life.

More than giving orders, authority is the confidence that the orders you do give and the decisions you do make will be what’s best.

And when you base your leadership on the authority of Jesus, you can have the confidence to lead in a way that’s best. And to do so with humility.

When you lead like this, you’ll build up authority you can use when you need it.

How can you make sure you are leading with the authority of Jesus today?

This series is about leadership lessons we can apply to our everyday lives from the stories of Jesus’ miracles. Today’s reading is from Mark 1:21-34.

Work That Restores

Shane —  October 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

Jesus restored the work of Peter and his partners.

These guys had already encountered Jesus. Actually, probably several times.

But in this moment, the reality of who Jesus is hit Peter. He bowed, worshiped Jesus and acknowledged his own sinfulness.

Instead of being too good for Peter, Jesus asked Peter to follow him. Jesus would make Peter a fisher of men.

Peter’s work would now be restoring people.

And that is now our work. As a follower of Jesus, he doesn’t ask you to give up your work like he did Peter, he makes your work something that restores peoples’ lives.

You don’t go to work.
You don’t get a paycheck.
You don’t do what someone else says.

You restore peoples’ lives with your work.

Medical.
Food service.
Retail.
Skilled work.
Social services.

All of it restores people.

Find your work’s restorative purpose and your work will be more fulfilling!

What can you do today to make your work restore someone else?

This series is about leadership lessons we can apply to our everyday lives from the stories of Jesus’ miracles. Today’s reading is from Luke 5:1-11.

Building Trust

Shane —  October 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

Leaders must grow the level of belief in those around them.

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The biggest thing is to make sure we are leading them to believe in the right things.

You can lead them to believe in what you do.
Or you can lead them to believe in who you are.

And by “you” I mean the organization, not you as a leader. But the sticky thing is that they can’t believe in the organization until they believe in you.

Jesus wanted people to see him as more than someone who gave them stuff and did things for them.

Jesus wanted them to see that he was Lord of the Kingdom. The Kingdom that brings restoration to people.

The goal for you is to have those around you to believe in the organization. Not just what you do…but who you are as a collective people.

And the best way to do that is to give people reasons to trust you. Not as a means to the end of getting money. But to the means of showing off what your organization can be.

So live what you want your organization to be. Build their trust.

And you’ll see a belief that the organization can be great.
And then they will make the organization great.

How can you build trust today in what you want your organization to be?

This series is about leadership lessons we can apply to our everyday lives from the stories of Jesus’ miracles. Today’s reading is from John 4:46-54.

A culture of entitlement will destroy the work place.

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Jesus, speaking mainly to his disciples, tells us of a parable where some workers felt entitled.

They agreed upon a wage. And when those who came later got paid the same wage, they expected more.

But it wasn’t coming.

Those around first in your organization will feel entitled. Entitled to treat those who came later worse because they’ve been around less.

Instead, the culture must be a culture that says, “We are all in this together; so we will treat others the same.”

Now this doesn’t mean we can’t have pay scales, org charts, etc. What this does mean is that the white collar hazing will destroy your organization. Leave the hazing to high school sports teams (but they’d do better without it too).

Lead in a culture of everyone is in this together. Where everyone is treated like humans on the same team. Then demand those who have been around the longest to treat others the same way.

And you’ll see a safe culture develop where the newest will perform quickly.

How can you build a culture that everyone is the same today?

This series is taking a look at the parables of Jesus and how they apply to our leadership situations. Today’s reading is Matthew 20:1-16.

Celebrate Your Work

Shane —  October 16, 2014 — Leave a comment

How well does your team celebrate your work?

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When the younger son came home from the depths of his despair, the father celebrated.

And this made the older brother mad. Real mad. He was the one who obeyed. He was the one who stayed and worked. Why didn’t he even get a goat to have a party with his boys?

The father told the older son his emphAsis was on the wrong syllAble.

Work and obedience were good, but they came from celebrating the relationship he had with the father. All the father had was his. He could have a party every night if he wanted to.

As you live out the mission of God through your work, don’t forget to celebrate. Celebrate your relationship with God. Celebrate your mission. Celebrate the relationships you have with each other.

Celebrate with those who are around you. Who work with you and for you.

And you’ll find the work is more enjoyable.

How can you celebrate the work today?

This series is taking a look at the parables of Jesus and how they apply to our leadership situations. Today’s reading is Luke 15:11-32.

It is worship to do normal activities in extravagant ways.

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The religious leader really wasn’t that interested in Jesus. Sure he had him over to his house, but he showed no normal hospitality.

The sinful woman walked into enemy territory and gave normal hospitality in an extravagant way.

Jesus tied her actions to her having faith in him (and God).
Jesus tied her actions to her recognizing the amount of her debt forgiving.
Jesus tied her actions to her understanding the source of salvation.

How does this apply to your leadership?

You must find a normal activity that you can do in extravagant ways.

It will be somewhat unique to you. Maybe like this woman, hospitality is your thing. Maybe it is giving. Maybe it is serving. Maybe it is time spent.

But it is something. It will feel normal to you. But to God it is extravagant.

One other thing. Jesus isn’t in flesh for us to do this to him. So how exactly do we worship like this woman?

By what he says in Matthew 25…do it to the “least of these.” People who can’t be extravagant back.

How can you perform a normal activity that is extravagant worship today?

This series is taking a look at the parables of Jesus and how they apply to our leadership situations. Today’s reading is Luke 7:36-49.

 

Flexibility is a must for any organization to survive.

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There are things that you must hold onto tightly. Your DNA. The combination of your mission, values, vision, purpose…or whatever buzzword(s) you want to use there.

But there are things that you can’t hold so tightly to. Jesus told a bunch of religious people this back in his day and it applies to any organization as well.

3 things we see from these 2 parables…

1. There are seasons.

Jesus tells the religious people there is a time to fast & a time to party.

We just have to discern when it is right to do each one.

Be ok with different seasons. Preparing. Planting. Growth. Harvesting. Simply know which season you’re in and take the actions associated with each season.

2. There are different molds.

Each person and each organization has different DNA.

Embrace yours. Embrace someone else’s.

3. There are new ways to do old things.

Donuts have been around for a long time. But Hurts Donut in Springfield, MO has found a new way to energize donuts.

Find what is unique about you and your organization and bring a fresh take to something old.

Lead your organization to be flexible inside who God wants you to be.

How can you utilize these 3 principles in your organization today?

This series is taking a look at the parables of Jesus and how they apply to our leadership situations. Today’s reading is Luke 5:33-39.

Setting Others Up To Succeed

Shane —  October 9, 2014 — Leave a comment

God gave us a great example of being an Owner and setting people up for success.

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1. The Owner left his land ready made for growth.

He built everything needed to have a successful vineyard. All the workers had to do was show up and work the land.

Do you have a culture that is ready made for success with or without you?

2. The Owner kept his workers accountable for their success

He left them, but he came back to keep them accountable for succeeding with what he gave them.

Do you have a culture that keeps people accountable for their success?

3. He expected the workers to share the fruit with the Owner.

It is biblical to have workers. It is biblical to take care of them. It is biblical to employ people so a greater harvest is made. Proverbs speak pretty heavily towards this.

God knows how to grow his Kingdom through others.

Follow his example on how to set others up to succeed and produce growth.

How can you work to set your people up to succeed today?

This series is taking a look at the parables of Jesus and how they apply to our leadership situations. Today’s reading is Matthew 21:33-46.

Do the people in your organization have a system to where their voice can be heard?

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Jesus contrasts God against an unjust judge.

An unjust judge will act justly if someone is annoying enough.

And if an unjust human judge will do this, then won’t God seek justice for his people?

God has a system to let his people be heard. It is called prayer. His people can trust that even if he doesn’t act immediately, he will hear.

Cause crying out to him shows the faith that we have in him.

Our people must be able to trust that they will be heard when something isn’t right.

It will add to employee satisfaction and engagement.

But the most important thing is that this is the right way to lead.

Now, letting their voice be heard isn’t the same as having to do what they say. Many times people will be able to move forward, just so long as they is they’ve been heard.

Make sure your people can trust that their voice will be heard.

Can our people trust that they will be heard when something isn’t right?

This series is taking a look at the parables of Jesus and how they apply to our leadership situations. Today’s reading is Luke 18:1-8.