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.

Storm Proof

Shane —  October 7, 2014 — Leave a comment

Jesus wants to produce storm proof lives.

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He doesn’t promise storm less lives. Even though the thought of that is lunacy, we think sometimes that if we follow Jesus no storms will come.

You and your organization will face storms.

A life spent following Jesus will allow us to weather the storm.

We will get wind blown.
We will get water logged.
We will get tired of the storm.

But we will stand strong on the other side of the storm.

When we pay close attention to how Jesus does things, and follow in his footsteps, our organization will stand the test of the storm.

How storm proof is your life and organization right now?

This series is taking a look at the parables of Jesus and how they apply to our leadership situations. Today’s reading is Matthew 7:24-27.

You can serve anyone, but you can’t please everyone.

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We finished last week talking about having a culture of compulsive servers.

But even when we go out of our way to serve people, not everyone will like us or be pleased with us.

Jesus experienced this. He showed his frustration with the religious leaders through the illustration of the contrast between him and John the Baptist.

John showed up all serious.
I showed up not as serious.
You thought John had a demon.
You think I am a drunkard.

Jesus served everyone. But he didn’t please anyone. He didn’t try. He stayed true to the task that his Father had for him.

Make sure you serve everyone. But you will never please everyone.

Stay true to who God wants you and your organization to be.

How can you utilize “serve anyone…but you won’t please everyone” 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 7:31-35.

Are you building compulsive servers in your organization?

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Jesus talks about what Kingdom minded people do.

They compulsively serve.
They compulsively serve because serving is the reward.
They compulsively serve because serving the least of these is the reward.

You don’t serve to be a part of the Kingdom. You serve because you’re a part of the Kingdom and are transformed.

Building into people serving the least of these is vital.

And as a leader, you must model this.

Do you spend time developing those who can’t serve you back?
Do you take time to serve the least of these on behalf of your organization?

You don’t do this for the reward. You do this because it is the reward.

What can you do today that will be serving the least of these?

This series is taking a look at the parables of Jesus and how they apply to our leadership situations. Today’s reading is Matthew 25:31-46.

Commitment To Succeed

Shane —  October 1, 2014 — Leave a comment

What commitment are you calling those in your organization to?

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Jesus called for unconditional surrender to be a part of his Kingdom. Renounce all. That is the rally cry.

Doesn’t that limit those who will be a part?

Yes. However, he did make it possible for all to be a part of the Kingdom.

Repenting and giving all is something everyone can do. But not something everyone will do.

What would happen if this is the same thing we called people to when they join our organization?

Now, like Jesus, we must be upfront about what it means. It is difficult to come back and ask for all in commitment in rears.

And when we ask people to go all in with our organization, we have to make sure we take care of all of them too. Because they have no where else to go.

Does all in commitment mean we have no part time employees?

I hope not cause our church has some. Actually all of our employees are part time. Or even volunteer.

But what it does mean is that they are all in to the success of our organization. Their commitment to being the greatest church we can be is unquestioned.

Can you say that for those in your organization?

Because your organization’s success is dependent upon the commitment of those in the organization.

How can you increase commitment of those in your organization today…without demanding increased commitment?

This series is taking a look at the parables of Jesus and how they apply to our leadership situations. Today’s reading is Luke 14:25-33.

Patience is a great leadership quality.

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Jesus told this story about a servant talking his master to be patient with a tree. “Wait one more year to see if it’ll produce fruit.”

The whole context is telling us that God is patient with us to bring us to repentance.

But there is also a deadline. A deadline to repent. In God’s Kingdom death is the deadline to repent.

For your organization, this is a great principle. Be patient with people. But have a deadline on the patience.

The deadline probably isn’t death, for you (but you may feel like that at times!). But that doesn’t mean that there shouldn’t be a deadline.

Lead with patience. But for the good of everyone around, have a deadline. Cause if someone isn’t pulling their load, they are bringing the others down. And that’ll pull down the moral of all.

How can you lead with patience, but have a deadline 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 13:1-9.