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April 2014 Director’s Desk

D. Michael Abrashoff, in his book Get Your Ship Together writes on how great leaders of teams inspire ownership from the ‘keel’ up.  Abrashoff took over as Commander of the USS Benfold--a ship that was, for all intents and purposes, going to be dry-docked.   Abrashoff had other ideas.  Person by person, department by department, and task by task, Abrashoff inspired his team in such a way that, not only did the Benfold avoid being dry-docked; it became the flagship of the U. S. Navy!  Speaking to what allowed this miraculous turn-around, Abrashoff wrote:

“On my ship, success sprang from the magic of motivating ordinary people to buy into a good cause, give it their best shot, and thereby produce extraordinary results.  The chief lesson was clear and simple:  once your people really know something cold, they become proprietary about it and strive to perform with excellence.[1]

One of the common complaints in leadership is that so few come alongside to help get things done.  Creating team takes time, energy, wisdom, and skill.  I wonder how many metaphorical Benfolds we have.  And, I wonder how many teams want to be heard, acknowledged for their abilities, and set free to serve.  Perhaps what is needed is training to bolster confidence and effectiveness for the people on your team.

The School for Leadership Development is now offering a new training that will add to all we currently offer for teams in the workplace.   Needs Based Coaching:  Creating a Motivational Workplace is currently being used with several teams.  The feedback is that the work team has been greatly helped by the training.

You will find an article from Mr. Paul Curnow who serves as Territorial Assistant Community Relations and Development and Territorial Development Director.  I have watched Mr. Curnow assemble and train teams first hand.  You will appreciate his wisdom and heart as you read his article.

Please check out all that is available to you through The School for Leadership on our website housed at www.missionmover.org.

We trust you are making time in this Lenten Season to meet with the Lord in special ways for yourself and, as leaders, making this season rich in meaning for your people.

[1] Abrashoff, D. Michael, Get Your Ship Together.  Penguin Group, New York, NY, 2004.

May 2104 Director’s Desk

Before Jesus ascended back to heaven, he gathered his disciples together and declared:

“All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Mt. 28:18-20 ASV)

You have been given authority!  Some in our Territory are changing appointments.  Each appointment has its own lines of authority.  People work within frameworks of authority.  Jesus has given His disciples a framework of authority; namely, power to make disciples.   By His authority and in His power we are launched into the world as salt and light creating and living into the prayer He taught His disciples:  “on earth as it is in Heaven.”

We are privileged to create communities of Christ-followers.  A more accurate translation of Matthew 28: 18-20 is as you go make disciples.  Your appointment or new appointment is fertile ground for training disciples.  You do not need special tools, glitzy apparatus, the latest gadgets, or up-to-date social media.  These may give you entrée into special places at special times.  The quality of disciple-making is directly related to the quality of our relationship with Jesus.  He longs to share His power and authority with those whose character can handle it for the sake of the world!

We are considering the Great Commission this month.  Please enjoy the feature article by Major Roni Robbins as well as updated materials related to this month’s theme.  Additionally, we are posting videos, pictures and statements from those who just attended our annual cohort experience in Florida.  God showed up and we are all changed!

Resurrection blessings to you this month!  We are an Easter people!!

Leadership Secrets from the Bible

9781567315837_p0_v1_s260x420I recently asked my 78 year-old grandmother what is the greatest lesson she has learned in life. She paused for a moment and then chuckled, “All of the ones I have been fortunate enough to watch others pay for.” God has been graceful enough to leave an incredible book of principles and guidelines for growth. Even some atheist can agree the Bible is full of incredible lessons and has practical wisdom for living. In spite of this widely accepted understanding, it is often overlooked an incredible tool for leadership development and management skills.

“Leadership Secrets from the Bible,” approaches the Bible and its wisdom from the perspective of a Christian leader who is also responsible for the life and vitality of a business. The book uses both positive and negative illustrations from the lives of Biblical figures to answer the question, “What can we learn from these characters that help us grow and develop into more effective leaders?”

Author Lorin Woolfe uses a combination of business models, Biblical stories to offer insight into more effective management practices, and seldomly addressed leadership tenets like performance management and team development. For example, in describing the importance of selecting the right individuals for a team, she references 1 Chronicles 11-12 and the unification of the Tribes of Gad and Dan, which brought together brave warriors and excellent marksmen. She also describes the immense thought and care that is put into selecting NBA players during the draft, in an effort to illustrate that careful planning and understanding of how the addition of an individual can affect a team are essential to the effectiveness of a team.

With the recent cultural shift caused by greater reliance upon technology and an ever increasing integration of business and ministry, Christian Leaders are pushed to become more strategic and business oriented. The book offers very practical wisdom and uses incredible tales throughout the Bible to the help leaders address a wide range of organizational issues from justice and fairness to communication and leader development. “Leadership Secrets from the Bible,” discusses the essential principles necessary for Christian leaders to develop as a leader and for their organization to function as a business.