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You can grow your leadershipToday’s guest is Chester Goad. Chester grew up in Appalachia (pronounced Apple-Atcha–that actually matters where he comes from). He’s the son of an auto mechanics teacher, and a retail sales gal, who fell in love and raised him in small town USA. So who is Chester? It’s taken him some time to figure all that out, but along the way, he’s been a teacher, a principal, a congressional staffer, a Dean, and a whole lot more. Through all of that he’s figured out he values, Leadership, Learning and Life more than anything.

Show Notes:

Who is Chester Goad?

Chester is a dad, husband, a believer. He’s involved in advocacy and service in the disability arena. He also serves on an international non-profit board.Considers himself a life-long learner

On top of all that, he considers himself a life-long learner. Where he focuses on leadership, learning, and life. Last, but not least, he’s helped co-author dyslexia legislation in Tennessee.

In a world that tells us that we need to be tolerant, standing firm in your convictions is difficult. By voicing your opinion on a matter, you’ll face public criticism.

You’ll hear people cry out against you. You’ll be called a bigot or they’ll say you’re intolerant. Maybe even worse.

Convictions Are Crucial

I’ve had many friends over the years who claim to believe one thing only to completely change their opinions the next day.

It’s confusing. It’s frustrating. It’s hard to tell where they stand.

Over time, I began to wonder about these friends. They seemed to have strong convictions. Until they didn’t.

My opinion of them began to shift. Whenever I’d hear them spout off their beliefs, I secretly waited to hear them switch beliefs tomorrow.

These friends were never anchored in their beliefs. They were tossed about by the changing opinions of popular opinion or other friends.

Leading a church is difficult. There’s pressure from many sources.

You may see agendas pushed by the church denomination, other leaders within the church, church members, and many other sources.

There’s always something someone wants you to be doing and this causes a conflict of direction within the church. Because of this, we see church leaders making mistakes in areas that are deadly to a church.

1. Church growth: While I believe a church that is spreading the good word should grow in size, there’s also the fact some churches can only grow to a certain size.

To place a demand that a church continues to grow and reach certain attendance goals will not help the church.

Rather than focusing on numbers, focus on the spiritual growth of your congregation. This is what truly matters, not the size of the church but the impact that has been made in the lives of the men and women you teach.

I’m so excited to bring you today’s interview. Back in October, I had the pleasure of meeting the host of Gospel Driven Entrepreneur, P.J. Simmons.

I’d been listening to his podcast in which he interviews entrepreneurs who are men and women of faith. The discussions are deep and engaging.

PJ Simmons discusses faith and leadership

After meeting P.J., I knew I had to take some time and go deep with him. That’s where this interview comes from.

P.J. Simmons is the host of Gospel Driven Entrepreneurs. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He loves his church and discovering the heart of entrepreneurs.

Without further ado, here’s the interview:

Show Notes

Who is P.J. Simmons?

Recently got engaged. He leads another non-profit called Medici Project. He’s moving into Gospel Driven Entrepreneur full-time.

How did P.J. Simmons and I meet?

Blogging can be very competitive. We want to grow our audience. We want to impact lives. We want the chance to change the world.

The question, though, is how far are you willing to go to succeed in blogging?

A listener on Pat Flynn’s Ask Pat Podcast recently asked the question of

How do you stay true to your morals while making business decisions?

This question really got me thinking about my morals and how they relate to my blog and my leadership.

Morals And Blogging

I created this site to help young leaders navigate the dangers of leadership. Especially when they’re young.

There were many missteps I made when I was young and leading. I know where you’re coming from and I want you to be able to skip the pain I felt when I led poorly.