Rebuilding Your Organization Looks Like Destruction (But It Isn’t)

I sat in a church service recently where my former youth pastor was honored for 30 years in ministry. That’s a long time to serve in ministry.

Statistics show 50% of pastors will quit ministry within the first 5 years. Only 1 in 10 will retire from ministry. So, let me give Pastor Rick South a huge shout out and congratulations for his years of faithfulness.

Construction vehicle in a field cleared of trees

Photo By Sebastian Grochow

During this service, Pastor Dusty mentioned the state of Abundant Life Church in Wyoming, Michigan, the church Rick is currently pastoring. The church is going through an expansion. This means things are messy.

When you look at any rebuilding project, the process looks like destruction.

Everything is everywhere. Things are scattered about. Pieces are broken or in the wrong place.

An outsider looking in would see pure chaos. Pure destruction.

20 Books For Christian Leaders To Read In 2020

The Books Every Christian Leader Should Read In 2020

You will hear that leaders are readers. And this is a truism. Leaders do read. They consume information and grow from the wisdom of those who have gone before them.

This is one of the reasons I love to read. I am able to gain insights from some of the wisest people in the world. I am then able to take their insights and apply them to my life and my leadership.

There’s also those authors who write for people to enjoy their works. These works of fiction bring joy to countless numbers of people. Leaders cannot discount the value of a great fiction book either.

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Photo by Kimberly Farmer

With this being the start of the year 2020, I wanted to recommend 20 books that I believe will add value or insight for the Christian leader. I also believe these books will be valuable for non-Christian leaders as well.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Spies In Disguise

A Reel Leadership Article

Spies In Disguise is a cute, fun animated movie. Lance Sterling (Will Smith) is a super spy for H.T.U.V. (Honor, Trust, Unity, and Valor). Everyone loves him. He’s the star of the agency. Walter Beckett couldn’t be more different than Lance. Walter (Tom Holland from the latest Spider-Man movies) is a super-nerd and weird. He creates non-lethal weapons under the radar at the spy agency.

When the two meet and Lance accidentally drinks Walter’s “biodynamic concealment” concoction that was supposed to make him invisible. The concoction did, in a sense, make Lance invisible. By drinking the concoction, Lance is turned into a pigeon.

Will Smith and Tom Holland's characters in Spies In Disguise giving one another fist bumps

Pigeons are largely overlooked in society. No one questions why a pigeon may be in the area. It’s there to get food and annoy people, right?!?

Become A Better Delegator

We’re so buried in our daily tasks and what’s coming out way, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Everything is on your shoulders.

But, did you know, you can take some things off of your shoulders? You can allow other people to help you.

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Photo by Dylan Gillis

This is called delegation.

And it is magical.

Delegation allows you to ask for help and give your team members something to do. The delegation of tasks also helps you to “effectively” multiple your working hours.

By giving Bill the authority to create weekly meeting reports, you free up one hour of work you can put towards more meaningful work. Now, if you give your assistant Tina the task of managing your calendar, you can free up another hour.

You can effectively gain back lost hours or create hours in your day by the not-so-simple process of delegation.

How To Be Grateful When Difficulties Come Your Way

Earlier this year, I had a really rough day. It didn’t start that way but it sure ended that way.

Pam and I had returned the day prior from our vacation to St. Ignace, Michigan. We’d spent a wonderful week exploring the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and spending valuable time together. The trip was great.

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Photo by Joshua Reddekopp

I was expecting a nice, relaxing day on Sunday as Pam and I would be celebrating her birthday and getting ready to start the next week. Only things didn’t play out the way I expected. Our plans changed because of a car accident.

We’d attended church and were headed home. I was driving the same route I normally take when I saw a dirt bike up ahead. He wasn’t too far away and it looked like he was slowing down and moving to the right shoulder of the road.