Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Student leaders are Church Leaders

In Student leaders are Church Leaders by Dough Franklin, the President of LeaderTreks does a great job of outlining why and how student leaders need to be developed to lead now. In the first part of the e-book he makes a case for student leadership and in the second part he writes about how student leaders need to be developed. He breaks down the development of student leaders into four steps or categories:
  1. Leadership Learned
  2. Leadership Experienced
  3. Leadership Challenged
  4. leadership Evaluated
It is a very quick but very helpful and insightful read. So go ahead and click here to get your own copy for FREE!

Read it! Digest it and develop student leaders around you!

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Joyce Meyer at THE FORUM 2010

  • The most courageous thing you can do is be a servant.
  • Washing feet might not get a lot of applause.
  • You cannot be a true servant without the right attitude.
  • The right attitude only comes from knowing who you are In Christ.
  • Most people don't like themselves. They look at others and want what others have.
  • John 13:2-5
  • You cannot be truly free until you have no longer anything to prove.
  • Don't live your life trying to impress people.
  • There is more value in serving God than anything else.
  • Jesus was qualified because he was anointed.
  • Mark 8:34
  • 2 Corinthians 5:15
  • Jesus died so you can live a life that is not self centered.
  • What have I done to make somebody else's life better?
  • Be an authentic leader.
  • Ecclesiastes 2:4-11 (AMP)
  • He built everything for himself. Thats why is was worthless.
  • We need to know that we are nothing without God.
  • Courage is actually going ahead in the presence of fear.
  • Everybody is afraid, especially when it comes to doing new things.
  • As leaders we need to push past fear.
  • God already has laid out a plan for your leadership.
  • There is always going to be an element of not knowing but you still have to do it.
  • God din't tell Joshua to be Moses, even though he was under his leadership.
  • Its what you do when no one is paying attention to you that is vital for the future of your leadership.
  • There was a lot of rejection that I had to deal with.
  • We are built for love and thats why rejection is one of the hardest thing to deal with.
  • There is a difference between weird and unique.
  • David was anointed to be king 20 years before he wore the crown.
  • You are destined to be transformed into the image of Jesus.
  • God is never going to help you be anybody other than you.
  • Learn to have a meeting with yourself and be honest.
  • God called us to be fruitful not busy.
  • God promotes us in levels.
  • Every time you have to go to the next level you will have to give up something from the past.
  • Success is not easy.
  • Not matter what the cost, it is always worth it to obey God!
  • Being yourself, saying NO and leading takes courage.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Bill Hybels at THE FORUM 2010

  1. I don't think just teaching well will get the full redemptive potential from a church.
  2. Leading well also plays a very important role.
  3. There is a 'mystical' side of leadership.
  4. It requires tenacity and courage.
  5. John 10:27
  6. A dialogue between you and God.
  7. The different paths of my life have been a result of listening to the whispers of God and obeying them.
  8. When you hear a whisper of God and obeying does not mean that things will get easy for you.
  9. The road can get very tough!
  10. Even when whispers come at a high price, always obey!
  11. It took 6-8 years before it looked like Willow Creek was really a whisper from God.
  12. To be a high impact leader, you need to listen to the whispers.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Jim Blanchard at THE FORUM 2010

  1. Perspective.
  2. Philippians 2:5-8,
  3. The definition of a leader Micah 6
  4. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Replace your name with love and test yourself and see how you match up.
  5. Colossians 3:12-15 Qualities of a leader.
  6. Leaders are called to inspire and give hope.
  7. Leaders need to set and establish priorities.
  8. Leaders which will influence the most in the next 10 years are the leaders that offer the most hope.
  9. Jesus inspires us to be obedient to His word and live a Godly life.
  10. Learn to willingly offer yourself.
  11. As a leader you have opportunities to impact peoples lives everyday!
  12. Work as unto the Lord.
  13. Leaders are made out of stuff that either stood the test of time or stuff that burns up.
  14. Make sure you are built on the right stuff. The Word of God!

Mark Floyd at THE FORUM 2010

  1. Leadership can sometimes be easy and sometimes very heard.
  2. leadership is when you exercise judgement and it effects others.
  3. You need to learn to serve before you can lead.
  4. 2 important bases: employees and customers.
  5. Leadership starts with integrity. No short cuts here.
  6. Also over communicate.
  7. People judge you based on how you act or react after you make a mistake.
  8. Don't procrastinate. Have courage to make the decisions.
  9. Innovation is a vital key to revive american business.
  10. Always hire great people. People who are smarter than you.
  11. Ask yourself if you would work for the person you are about to hire.
  12. If the answer is no, why would you place him over other people in the company.
  13. A double standard will not work. Deal with it now!
  14. Deal with change. Don't keep resisting.
  15. Don't manage numbers. Manage your business.
  16. Are you passionate about your business?
  17. Take on the most difficult job. Face reality head on. You cannot hide from it.
  18. Leadership is a full time job. Not just in business but also in personal life.
  19. Your not a leader until you turn around and see if someone is following you.
  20. You don't need a title to lead.

Andy Stanley at THE FORUM 2010

  1. Reading together as a leadership team will have a huge impact.
  2. 2 best kept secrets in leadership:
  3. The less you do the more you accomplish.
  4. The less you do the more you enable others accomplish.
  5. 2 common myths:
  6. Good leaders are "good" at everything.
  7. Good leaders focus on their weaknesses in order to make them strengths.
  8. You are most valuable where you fully exploit your strengths.
  9. Living in your sweet spot is the best thing to do.
  10. It is natural and necessary for leaders to try to "prove themselves" by doing everything, but what may initially be natural and necessary will ultimately limit your effectiveness as a leader.
  11. Play to your strengths and delegate your weaknesses.
  12. THE TARGET: Only do what only you can do!
  13. This is something that you need to work towards.
  14. 3 things happen when leaders drift from their core competencies:
  15. Their effectiveness diminishes.
  16. The effectiveness of other leaders in the organization diminishes.
  17. The ability of the organization to get and keep great leaders diminishes.
  18. What are you willing to give up?
  19. What do you want to quit doing?
  20. 5 reasons why leaders miss this:
  21. Some leaders buy into the myth of being "well rounded".
  22. Leaders forget to distinguish between their authority and their core competencies.
  23. Some leaders are not able to distinguish between their competencies and non-competencies.
  24. Some leaders feel guilty about delegating their weaknesses.
  25. Some leaders won't take the time to develop other leaders.
  26. Dont confuse authority with competency.
  27. Let others make decisions. Push the decision making down in the organization.
  28. Exercise authority with caution.
  29. "I am not the smartest person in the organization, i am just the leader!"
  30. Dont think that you are the smartest just because you are the leader.
  31. Sometimes to have real objectivity you will need to bring an outside person.
  32. Great leadership is not about getting things done right, it is about getting things done right by other people.
  33. Church leaders have done a terrible job at raising young leaders.
  34. Acts 6:1-7
  35. They did less. They did the things only they could do.
  36. They stopped taking care of widows and orphans not because it was wrong to do but they had things that only they could do.
  37. They did less but accomplished more!
  38. It will be much easier to establish and maintain a healthy pace.
  39. The stress you feel is mostly associated with what you are doing not how much you are doing.
  40. "The best thing you can bring to your team is energy" - Bill Hybles
  41. Corporatly you will end up with an organization that reflect your strengths and the strengths of others instead of weaknesses.
  42. A weakness can get better but it will still be a weakness.
  43. Give the freedom to others to play to their strengths.
  44. You will not be a well rounded leader but you can have a well rounded organization.
  45. This does not apply at home. You will have to be all things. You cant hire a dad or mom.
  46. Discovery questions:
  47. What do you do that is almost effortless from your perspective but seems like a daunting task to others?
  48. In what arenas do people consider you the "go to" person?
  49. What facets of your job energize you?
  50. What do you wish you could stop doing?
  51. What organizational environments are you drawn to?
  52. What environments do you avoid?
  53. Discovery project:
  54. Whats the perfect job description for you?
  55. What does a perfect day look like?
  56. "If anything has kept me on track all these years, it's being skewered to this principle of central focus. There are many things I can do, but I have to narrow it down to the one thing I must do. The secret of concentration is elimination."- Howard Hendricks.

Craig Groeschel at The Forum 2010

  1. Going to talk about the leaders constant companion.
  2. A leaders constant companion is PAIN.
  3. There is a difference between stupid pain and purposeful pain.
  4. 2 Corinthians 11:23-28
  5. The difference between where you are where God wants you to be is the painful decision that you are unwilling to make.
  6. Increase the threshold of pain in: 1. Unjustified criticism and rejection 2. Making the hard decisions and 3. To endure the pain of pruning.
  7. It can be very easy to slip into a people pleasing mode.
  8. The quickest way to forget what God thinks about us is to become obsessed about what people think about us.
  9. Dont worry when people criticize you.
  10. To reach no one is reaching you have to do things no one is doing.
  11. You cannot please everyone but you can please God.
  12. Leaders need to have the courage to make the hard decisions.
  13. The short term pain will be worth the long term gain.
  14. If you blame yourself for the decline you will take the credit for the increase.
  15. You have to be willing to walk through the pain.
  16. Your mind is often the greatest obstacle.
  17. There is more in you! Push through the pain!!

Erwin McManus at THE FORUM 2010

  1. We are all different but there are things that are common in all of us.
  2. We are uniquely different.
  3. Mega churches usually capture the sweet spot of culture and help a large group of people experience change.
  4. The church still needs to reach the innovators and early adopters.
  5. Even if you are part of the majority, culture is proving that the early adopters need to be reached because they shape the culture.
  6. There are dreams inside of us that we sometimes tend to.
  7. What is it that humans need from us in the experience called life?
  8. You can be right in your beliefs and wrong in your execution.
  9. 1 kings 3:4-28
  10. Solomon shows us that wisdom is not enough to change our lives or lives of others.
  11. Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
  12. Four words that everyone needs to focus on: Meaning, story, beauty and community.
  13. If you live your life that this world is all there is, everything will be meaningless.
  14. Our purpose through work and play is to live meaningful lives and bring meaning to the world.
  15. If you do anything better that anyone else in the world you will earn the right to be heard.
  16. We have lost the conviction that beauty is actually important to carry the gospel around the world.
  17. The world sees us as flamboyant rather than authentic.
  18. In Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 solomon is describing a man who is disconnected to God and His story.
  19. There is pain and discouragement but there is also love and hope!
  20. Dont hide the truth.
  21. We need to stop acting like we have the right to be heard.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Marcus Buckingham at THE FORUM 2010

  1. Psalms 18:32
  2. The difference between a good and bad marriage is not the number of fights, but what happens between the fights.
  3. Excellence is not the opposite of failure.
  4. Studying failure does not explain excellence.
  5. Any great company will have significant range in performance in its teams.
  6. Who sits on your personal board?
  7. Would you be on the personal board of the people that you lead?
  8. Think of the reason why you would have someone on your board.
  9. Those are the same things that the people you lead are expecting from you.
  10. You cannot be cowardly in leadership.
  11. Leaders need to define what quality looks like.
  12. Clarity is vital to leadership.
  13. The three most important questions that great leaders ask are: 1. Are my coworkers committed to quality work? 2. Do I know what is expected of me at work? and 3. At work do I have the chance to do what I do best everyday?
  14. The challenge of leadership is to multiply.
  15. Everybody has areas that they can get better at but greatest areas to get better at are at your strengths.
  16. Manage around your weaknesses. They are not areas of opportunity.
  17. Strengths are not what you are good at and your weaknesses are not what you are bad at!
  18. Strengths are activities that strengthens you and weaknesses are activities that weakens you.
  19. S= Success (if you feel effective), I = Instinct (You look forward to it), G= Growth (you feel focused), N= Needs (you feel fulfilled.)
  20. If you feel any of the above put them in the strengths category.

Brian Houston on servant leadership at THE FORUM 2010

  1. Servant leaders think generationally.
  2. Human nature tends to go back to the predictable.
  3. The challenge of leadership is to move towards the unproven and unpredictable.
  4. The challenge and risk of leadership is to empower the next generation to becomes princes in the land.
  5. I want to pastor a church that sets up a generation to win.
  6. We need to learn from the fathers but we need to move forward.
  7. The unpredictable is not a negative thing.
  8. So much of how Jesus lived was unpredictable.
  9. Jesus was predictably unpredictable.
  10. There are certain things you need to be predictable about.
  11. Predictability is our friend in the areas of loyalty, reliability, beliefs, credibility, example and commitment.
  12. Influence doesn't come from doing things the way they have always been done.
  13. Innovation will never come from doing things the way they have always been done.
  14. It is easier to point fingers than it is to actually take a risk and do something!
  15. Honor the fathers but make sure that you are moving towards the sons!
  16. Fresh life never comes from being predictable.
  17. To be a learner is to inherit the future.
  18. Make sure that you don't become a servant to books. Books need to be your servant.
  19. Experience is not everything!
  20. Experience doesn't build the house. Its wisdom that builds the house!
  21. Experience is a great servant but terrible master.
  22. Programing, culture and even heritage need to be servant and not the master.
  23. You don't have to live your life serving history. You can live your life making history.