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Quotes on Growing Leadership Skills

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Are you a good leader?

What are your leadership skills?

Here are some great quotes on growing leadership skills!

 

Expose yourself to as much as possible. Attend conferences no one else is attending. Read books no one else is reading. Talk to people no one else is talking to. - Ben Casnocha, Author


Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are. - Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, Author


Someone once said, ‘Adversity introduces a man to himself.’ For some reason, that’s scary, but most people discover that adversity does make them stronger. - Max Cleland, Former senator


When we are weak, we can still be strong. When we’re under the greatest stress and facing the greatest challenges, it may be the best day of our lives, for God is working to make us into the people he wants us to be. - Casey Treat, Author

9 Negative Attitudes About Change

9 negative attitudes of change 300x186 9 Negative Attitudes About ChangeWinston Churchill once said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”  If this is so, why do so many people find it difficult to change.

Leading an organization though change can be extremely challenging.  Preparing for change is essential for any group of people.  Many teams cannot evolve through changes because they fail to recognize the negatives and address them.

Here are 9 negative attitudes about change to work through:

  1. Change is difficult for many most people.
  2. Change cannot be endured forever.
  3. Change introduces uncertainty for some people.
  4. Change is not desired by many people.
  5. Change introduces a “rethinking” that cause some to feel uncomfortable.
  6. Change causes people to feel awkward.
  7. Change is somewhat like a funeral.
  8. Change has a tendency to isolate people from one another.
  9. Change can create anger.

When these attitudes are not recognized in an organization, business or church, conflict most likely will grow.

What do you think about change?

Do you find change easy and exciting or challenging and stressful?

Dale Roach

What Can We Learn From First Graders?

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Children are beautiful people!  When asked, most often they will tell the truth.  Berkeley Parents Network shares the proverbs below.  They were collected by a first grade teacher over several years from the students in her class.  The teacher gave her classe part of an old proverb and let them fill in the blanks.

First Grade Proverbs

As You Shall Make Your Bed So Shall You…….. Mess It Up.

Better Be Safe Than…….. Punch A 5th Grader.

Strike While The…….. Bug Is Close.

It’s Always Darkest Before…….. Daylight Savings Time.

Never Under Estimate The Power Of…….. Termites.

You Can Lead A Horse To Water But……. How? Continue reading

How Should a Christian Husband Love His Wife?

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How should a Christian husband love his wife?

A Christian Husband Loves His Wife As Christ Loves His Church v.25

Paul writes about the love of a man for his wife by comparing this relationship to how Jesus loves his Church.  Paul begins his advice to husbands by saying,

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”  This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:25-33) 

A Christ Husband Loves His Wife More Than Himself  v.28

A Christian husband will sacrifice for his wife.   He understands and embraces what the Apostle Paul was teaching to the early New Testament Church and applies this teaching to his marriage. Continue reading

10 Things That Will Kill Congregations

10 things that will kill a church 300x209 10 Things That Will Kill CongregationsI have been in church since I was a baby.  Growing up in the southern United States introduced me to a strong heritage of Christianity.  I have seen healthy, growing fellowships and I have seen congregations that have closed their doors and sold their property.

What kills a congregation?

Here are ten things that will kill any congregation.  The tragedy is that only one of these needs to be taking place to destroy a Christian fellowship.  As you look over this list, how do you think your church is doing?

When Jesus is Not Lord

When Jesus in not Lord of a fellowship, there is very little hope.  The New Testament tells about the role of Jesus in the church and the role of everyone else.  The Bible is very clear as to the lordship of Jesus:

  • He is the foundation for all believers: “Jesus Christ Himself is the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20).
  • Through Jesus Christ, sin and death were conquered on the Cross (1 Corinthians 15:45).
  • Those who have received the free gift of salvation through Christ should respond with love and a desire to obey God’s commandments (Ephesians 5:1–2).

When Jesus is Lord, there is a completely different atmosphere.  When Christ is not Lord, there is a completely different atmosphere.  The lacking of the lordship of Christ will destroy any fellowship

When the Holy Spirit is Never Called Upon

On the Day of Pentecost, the early followers of Jesus were sitting in a room together praying that the Lord would do something, anything!  As they were praying the Holy Spirit came into the place they were sitting and empowered them to do that which they were incapable of doing on their own.

Many churches fail because they do not call upon the Holy Spirit.  When the Holy Spirit is never called upon be assured, nothing is going to take place.

When God, the Father, is Not Seen as the One Who “Runs the Church”

Many years ago I was introducing myself to someone and in the conversation I told them about the church I pastored.  Their response was, “Oh yeah, that is the church that Mr. Smith runs.” (Mr. Smith is not his real name.)  My response was quick.  “No, that is not the church that Mr. Smith runs, that church belongs to the Lord.”  Even though my response was quick and right on target, this was the man’s next response. “Yeah, sure.”

This comment opened my eyes to this next point. Continue reading

When Quitting is a Bad Idea

When Quitting is a Bad Idea 289x300 When Quitting is a Bad IdeaHow often have you thought about walking away from everything and disappearing into the sunset? Just about every one of us have thought about quitting sometime in our lives.

I have been tempted on several occasions to change my calling and occupation.  Once or twice I would have been able to make more money.  On another occasion I would have been able to “get rich quick,” according to the guy who was trying to talk me into his scheme. On another occasion, I had a friend that wanted me to join him in his adventure, with the promise of all sorts of possibilities.

The ironic thing about all these opportunities coming my way was that they all seemed to come at a time when I was ready to through in the towel.  I have come to believe that spiritual warfare attacks us in many ways.  Quitting is often a very powerful tool of Satan.  I have seen friends and family members make a change under pressure only to regret it.

In his blog “When It’s Not Time to Quit” Thom Rainer points out 6 occasions when we should not quit. Continue reading