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8 things remarkable people do everyday.

What is it that separates people who are highly effective in work (and life) from those who are less so?  Often it’s a few very specific (and learnable!) things. Acquire these eight simple habits and you won’t just get more done, you might actually change your life.

Ron Edmondson on 7 ways my introversion works for me as a senior leader.

It’s easy to concentrate on the big picture. You’ll seldom find me chit-chatting. It’s not that I don’t have casual conversations — I certainly do when I’m connecting with people — but communication for me is usually very purposeful. As a result, I tend to be able to be very big picture oriented. Very strategic in my thinking. I step back and observe everything often. I’m a deep thinker. Those are traits especially strong with most introverts. That has proven to be very profitable for my leadership and the teams I lead.

Tony Morgan on The day we visited a dying church.

The churches who make the transition successfully from dying to life share some common traits: They value reaching people outside the faith, They value a clearly defined pathway for spiritual formation, They value strong, healthy leadership, They value a bold, clear vision for the future, They value simple systems and structures.

5 signs you can’t handle more as a leader.

Most of us leader types are rarely satisfied with the status quo. But are you ready for more? Could you handle it if it came your way? When I think back to when I was a young leader, I know there were more than a few seasons when I wasn’t ready for more, even when more came my way.

Jared Wilson on Success is dangerous.

When we find ourselves in difficult ministries, where the word seems out of season and the soil inordinately hard, despite our sincere and faithful efforts to share the gospel in contextualized ways and love and serve our neighbors with gladness and kindness, many of us battle discouragement, but we at least theologically understand that sometimes God gives and sometimes he takes away.

Dads, date your daughter’s boyfriend.

Part of the problem is trying to understand a father’s role in his daughter’s pursuit of marriage. In today’s ideal scenario, she brings home a guy the whole family can love, and the rest is matrimony. But as good as ideal sounds, it’s hard to find that picture in the Bible, and ultimately it’s far too simple for most not-yet-married realities anyways.

9 fascinating facts about people who attend megachurches.

New people almost always come to the megachurch because family, friends or coworkers invited them. Fifty-five percent of megachurch attenders volunteer at the church in some way (a higher percentage than in smaller churches). What first attracted attenders were the worship style, the senior pastor and the church’s reputation, in that order.

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Church Multiplication with Geoff Suratt | Session 2

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Paul and I are spending the day learning about church multiplication and multi-site with Geoff Surratt. Really excited about today as we are looking towards church planting in the future of Revolution Church.

Here are some notes from the second session:

Could multi-site work for you? (The following stats are from Leadership Network)

  • Campuses grow faster than autonomous church plants.
  • Campuses have a greater evangelistic impact than church plants.

Questions a church must ask before going multi-site:

  • How healthy is your church?
  • Is your church growing?
  • Are people finding Jesus through your church?
  • Are disciples being made?
  • Are people excited about inviting their friends and family?
  • What is the driving impetus behind going multi-site?
  • Are key leaders onboard?

Keys to successful multi-site

  • Start with a compelling vision
  • Choose the right campus pastor (visionary leader from the second chair, owner’s work ethic, a great communicator, a self starter)
    • A campus pastor is a great communicator, a preaching pastor is a gifted communicator.
  • What will sink a campus pastor?
    • He is not approachable, he is unmotivated, he is a responder instead of an initiator.
  • Create a compelling experience
    • Whatever your DNA is, you must keep it across the board.
  • Embrace a one church philosophy
    • Every church needs to be treated the same and gets the same finances and staff as everyone else.
  • Go all in.
    • At some point, there is no turning back as a church.

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Cheap [Leadership] Kindle Books 11.11.13

Here are some great books for cheap on kindle today (All books are $2.99):

All of these are solid leadership books.

Tuesday Morning Book Review || Relational Intelligence

bookEvery Tuesday morning, I review a book that I read recently. If you missed any, you can read past reviews here.

I meet every Tuesday morning with a group of younger leaders at Revolution Church. We just finished discussing the book Relational Intelligence: How Leaders can Expand their Influence through a New Way of Being Smart (kindle version) by Steve Saccone. To see past Saturday afternoon book reviews, click here.

I found Saccone’s book to be incredibly helpful. The reality that relational intelligence is one of the biggest indicators of success or failure for a leader, growing in this area is important. According to Saccone, “Relational intelligence is the ability to learn, understand and comprehend knowledge as it relates to interpersonal dynamics.”

According to Saccone, a relational genius has 6 defining characteristics:

  1. The story collector
  2. The energy carrier
  3. The compelling relator
  4. The conversational futurist
  5. The likeable hero
  6. The disproportionate investor

Here are a few things I highlighted:

  • As leaders, our capacity for relational intelligence can be the cause of both our failures and our successes.
  • Our ability to forge healthy relationships is increasingly critical to our leadership effectiveness.
  • Relationships have a direct correlation to the quality of our lives.
  • People will ultimately be disappointed with wealth, status, and success alone, but people will thrive and be influenced by the substance and profound nature of their relationships.
  • Leaders have the potential to infect people in a way that moves them forward or backward – and this happens primarily through relationship.
  • Relational intelligence is the ability to learn, understand and comprehend knowledge as it relates to interpersonal dynamics.
  • The purpose of relational intelligence is to enhance the quality of our relationships and expand our influence.
  • People feel known when we strongly identify with a distinct part of who they are.
  • Story collectors focus on drawing out the dreams, life history, and personhood of the people in their lives.
  • Becoming interested in people is not about discovering facts or information about them but exploring what drives their lives, what makes them different from you and mea, and what has shaped who they’ve become.
  • Leaders must challenge normal patterns of thinking.
  • If leaders don’t embrace the importance of like ability, they’ll lose a significant portion of their audience, and their relational impact will suffer.
  • What makes likable people relationally intelligent is revealed in a person’s ability to evoke favorite feelings in their “audience” (that is, the person they’re in a relationship with), in order to produce a positive outcome that serves others well.
  • There is a strong connection between success and approachability.
  • The more likable you are as a leader, the faster people trust you.

Links of the Week

  1. Listen to the new EP from Mar Hill worship band Ghost Ship. It’s a good one.
  2. Michael Patton on Why people love C.S. Lewis and hate Rob Bell.
  3. Free Advent resource for individuals and families from The Village Church.
  4. Leadership Network on New megachurch research.
  5. Michael Kelley on God will not give you more than you can handle.
  6. Mark Driscoll on 8 reasons single men should volunteer in the church nursery.
  7. Churches that embrace technology attract younger people.
  8. Grace Driscoll on Transitioning from the workplace to the workhome. Some practical insights that go with my sermon on Titus 2.
  9. Churches not canceling worship on Christmas Day.
  10. Bob Franquiz on Huge outreach results on a limited budget.
  11. Scott Williams on 5 reasons why organizations and individuals fail.
  12. The role of preaching in church planting.

Links of the Week

  1. Harvard Business on 8 ways to communicate your strategy.
  2. Dispelling myths of expositional preaching. I love expositional preaching and these are definitely myths.
  3. Leadership network on Finding and developing a campus pastor.
  4. Shaun King on Stressed out pastors, crazy sins, and the death of pastor Zach Tims. This is a great, and sad look at what it can be like for pastors and how a church can help.
  5. 13 things Perry Noble would tell church planters. Great list here for planters or those thinking about it.
  6. Joe Thorn on Preaching like a man on fire.
  7. Tim Chester on 12 reasons to give up porn.
  8. Glenn Stanton on The link between premarital sex and divorce.
  9. Can parents make faith for their kids last?
  10. Tim Chester on Is your dining room table on mission?
  11. Jen Smidt on A wife’s testing ground.
  12. Great singleness, great marriage & great sex.
  13. Bob Franquiz on Why you have no leaders in your church.

Links of the Week

  1. 7 reasons your church plant won’t make it. This list is right on.
  2. 7 marriage lessons I learned on the dance floor.
  3. Here is a great debate that Pastor J.D. Greear had with an Imam about about whether the God of the Bible of the God of Islam is more compassionate. J.D. is the author of the great book Breaking the Islam Code.
  4. The most and least churched cities in America. Tucson is in the top 10 least churched cities in America.
  5. Perry Noble on 18 myths singles believe.
  6. What is the main point of the book of Genesis? Great interview with Bryan Chapell.
  7. The latest update on our adoption.
  8. 2 Chilean miners accept Christ while underground.
  9. Most books on being missional are written to guys or leaders, but I came across http://themissionalmom.com this week. Great stuff on what being a mom, raising a family on mission looks like.