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“Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God- ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and the last day of your life. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don’t try to be who you’re not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.”       -Mark Batterson

Sometimes the simplest message can be the most potent. It is good to be challenged and pushed to be uncomfortable, how else are we to trust God? 🙂

“This is such a counter intuitive law from John Maxwell’s “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”.  It means that if you can’t find good leaders to serve with you, it’s probably…gulp…your own fault. Great leaders don’t follow good leaders. And good leaders don’t follow bad leaders. At least, not for very long. Doesn’t mean you have to be better at what they do than they are. In fact, if you’re leading well, you’ll be surrounded by talented specialists. But an indicator of your leadership ability is, “Who is standing around you?”

-Ben Arment

Sometimes we have to look at those around us and ask: “Are we following them or are they following me?” Leadership is never easy and certainly never-ending; but, if we can persevere and “roll with the punches”, (all along refining the leadership within ourselves), we will become a great leader. A challenge for you – read “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”,  by John Maxwell – trust me, when I say, “You will grow immensely from reading it”.

Finding volunteers may be a challenge, but the real challenge often begins once they commit. How do you keep your volunteers active year after year?

  • Offer training. When starting a new volunteer make sure they are trained and given a clear picture of what is expected. What is asked to be done and what is expected can be two separate things. Make you are explaining both.
  • Plan training updates when necessary, but don’t overwhelm them with meetings.
  • Appreciate and encourage them. Let volunteers know what a great job they’re doing. After all, your ministry can’t run properly without them.
  • Anticipate apparent fears, doubts, and objections.
  • Give them a voice. Let volunteers make suggestions for future activities or possible ways to improve programs. Volunteers, like all other people, are more likely to stay in an environment that values their opinions.
  • Follow up with all volunteers on a regular basis. Letting them know that you were thinking about them and ask them if there is anything you could be praying for them goes a long way.
  • Don’t procrastinate when returning calls or emails from volunteers.

They are not an interruption – remember they are your ministry. J

I found this and thought here are some practical steps to take to help you become a more effective leader in your ministry.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (Msg)
So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.

If you would like to leave any comments feel free, would love to know what you think. Thanks

“Even the most creative people are tempted to stop being innovative when their ideas become successful. They subconsciously create a rule that says, “This idea worked, so don’t do it differently.” They “rubber-stamp” instead of “re-create.” I’ll say this as clearly as I can: If you are executing the same creative ideas you did last year because they worked, you are already on the decline.”

-Ben Arment, Innovation

As leaders we want to make sure we are always trying to refine what we’ve done. There’s an old saying that I have learned to adopt within my leadership and that is, “Do what you’ve always done, get what you’ve always gotten.” At first glance, one might think that you liked the end result you have worked so hard to achieve, but there is always something that could change and become better, always. So, as you look back at your leadership, can you find areas that you could redefine, re-create or redo? Ask those closest to you where you could improve as a leader. Lastly, ask God, who gives generously, how you could become a better leader.

Proverbs 11:14 (NLT) Without wise leadership, a nation falls; with many counselors, there is safety.

Psalm 51:12 (NLT)
Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.

The IRONMAN TRIATHLON® is one of the most grueling endurance events in the world. In order to complete the race, an athlete must swim 2.4 miles, ride a bicycle 112 more miles, then run a 26.2-mile marathon. The best athletes in the world can complete this monumental challenge in under nine hours. But for Australian Chris Legh, his Ironman experience in 1997 was memorable for the wrong reasons. Known as one of the top competitors in the sport, he was unable to keep any fluids or food down during the course of the race. As a result, he became dehydrated, leading to a number of his organs shutting down. Fifty yards from the finish line, his body completely gave out. Legh never finished the race and would’ve died without immediate medical attention. Thankfully, he recovered and has won two Ironman events since. But first, he had to be restored.

While experiences like Legh’s show us humans have physical limits to their endurance, the same can also be said about their spiritual lives. Thankfully, there are warning signs that exist before it becomes too late. When people don’t want to read their Bible or pray, if they decide to shut people out of their lives, or if church becomes just a ritual, something deeper may be going on. They may be suffering from spiritual dehydration. Just as a “Low Fuel” light tells us to fill up the car with gas, it’s time to ask God for a renewed spirit when we see these warning signs. Consider that Jesus had crowds following him everywhere, but he knew his spiritual limits so well that he consistently took time to recharge, even when death was near (see Luke 22:39-43).

When your life’s “Low Fuel” light comes on, don’t ignore it. God wants to recharge and renew your life. Allow him to do just that. Make sure you accept his help to cross the finish line.

From NLT Devotion

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