The Week Ahead:
The video post for Monday is focused on the power of coaching. I have been coaching ministry leaders for over ten years and usually have a coach myself. If you make one New Year’s resolution this year make it find a good coach. It will be the best investment you could make to accomplish the mission God has called you to do. And I am not telling you this because I want more clients. At this time, I only coach one or two leaders a year. But coaching has been a tremendous blessing in my life and ministry.
“Coaching is a relationship with a purpose, focused on facilitating change.” Bob Logan
What is Coaching?
The process of coming alongside a person or team to help them discover God’s agenda for their life and ministry, and then cooperating with the Holy Spirit to see that plan become a reality.
Coaching is not Counseling…
Coaching is not Consulting…
Coaching is not Mentoring…
What Makes Coaching Powerful?
Reflect on that notice this week. Looking ahead.
Monday: TED Talk: If Want to Get Better at Something: Get a Coach!
How do we improve in the face of complexity? Atul Gawande has studied this question with a surgeon’s precision. He shares what he’s found to be the key: having an excellent coach to provide a more accurate picture of our reality, to instill positive habits of thinking, and to break our actions down and then help us build them back up again. “It’s not how good you are now; it’s how good you’re going to be that really matters,” Gawande says.
Tuesday: Barriers to Creating a Church Multiplication Movement
To create a new culture in your organization comes with risk. This movement could cause you to lose friends, lose financial supporters who don’t buy into this vision.
Wednesday: Two Warning Signs Your Heart Is Too Crowded for Jesus
The story of the Bethlehem Inn reminds us once again about preoccupation, about being unaware. And the innkeeper calls to our attention the importance of opening the door when the Savior’s knock comes.
Thursday: The Light will Dispel the Dark Days of Your Doubts
What are you worried about? What has got you uptight? What is it that is keeping you awake at night, keeping your stomach churning? You’re going to have to make some significant decisions in 2018. I don’t know what they are and you don’t either. But I guarantee you; you will have to make some significant decisions in the year to come. In this post, we will talk about how the Christ of Christmas dispels the dark days of doubt.
Looking back on the week that was on: The Light Breaks Through.
Monday: How Urban Agriculture is Transforming Detroit
Something is impressive growth in the city of Detroit: healthy, accessible, delicious, fresh food. In a spirited talk, fearless farmer Devita Davison explains how features of Detroit’s decay actually make it an ideal spot for urban agriculture. Join Davison for a walk through neighborhoods in transformation as she shares stories of opportunity and hope. “These aren’t plots of land where we’re just growing tomatoes and carrots,” Davison says. “We’re building social cohesion as well as providing healthy, fresh food.”
Tuesday: The Light in the Dark Days of Depression
Everybody has dark days. You know those days you don’t want or can’t get out of bed. You’re afraid to face the world. You are so scared to face your anxiety, your depression, your grief, your demons. You don’t feel like it’s worth the effort. You just want to throw in the towel. You don’t want to see anybody nor do you want anybody to see you. Holidays make those days seem even blacker. We all go through dark days, a season like this.
In this series of post leading up to Christmas I want us to look today at the light of Christmas for our dark days.
Wednesday: How to Cultivate a Welcoming Heart at Christmas
The story of the Bethlehem Inn reminds us once again about preoccupation, about being unaware, and about inhospitality to the highest. And the innkeeper calls to our attention the importance of opening the door when the knock comes.
Thursday: How to Create a Church Multiplication Culture
Over the next three months, this series of posts will lay out the critical components needed to launch a culture of multiplication. It comes not from me but from years of study and observation. It is my prayer that it will help the church regain its missional sea legs.
Bonus Read: Five Ways to Expand Your Leadership Capacity
What this post will provide for leaders are the Five C’s to expand your leadership capacity. Craig Groeschel shared these five points at Willow Creeks Leadership Summit in 2015. He also shared this quote, “You are the leadership lid on your organization.”
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