Tag: Church Leadership

How to Build Your Platform

How to Build Your Platform

Build your platform with Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. Wow! This is an essential must-have if you’re trying to reach an audience a larger scale.

I wish I had this course in seminary, almost as a Preaching 501 class or a how to communicate that burning message inside you… for church leaders like me who wish to truly influence others with my message.

I wish I had this course as a new business owner, perhaps from the Small Business Administration or some other organization that helps new business owners get their feet under them or at least on how to build your platform, whether through sales, networking, offering free seminars or speeches, SEO/SEM or social media campaigns.

I wish I had this course as a new military officer, seeking to spread a positive influence with those I serve alongside… how to build your platform in that environment is essential because the noise is loud!

May I suggest you pick up a copy of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World in both hardback AND kindle version? Hopefully I won’t sound like a total raving lunatic about this, but I’m a new fan. I’m in need of help in this area. I think I just hit the mother lode!

Here’s an infographic on how to build your platform, called 5 Steps to Building Your Platform:

Platform by Michael Hyatt

QUESTION AROUND THE CAMPFIRE: Would you like help in organizing yourself to build your platform by creating a broader and more effective influence on those you are trying to lead?

How to Train Small Group Leaders

How to Train Small Group Leaders

How to Train Small Group Leaders, part 1

How to train small group leaders | Church Leaders CampfireIf I want to know how to train small group leaders, then I must instinctively know what kind of small group I am looking to have. Borrowing from parenting wisdom, one must know their intended goal for that particular group in order to know how to train leaders for them. If your intended goal or purpose for the group is unsettled for you, then may I suggest you do additional research. If you are a Senior Pastor looking to start a small group ministry at your church, a small groups pastor looking to improve upon the existing ministry, an associate pastor overseeing small groups, a church planter just beginning the blueprint or DNA for the church, or a Youth Pastor or Children’s Director looking to add this ministry to your list of current ministries, then this is for you.

How to train small group leaders can be as varied and complicated as choosing the right American wedding menu (Never again)! Conversely, it can be oversimplified into a one-size fits all pattern (even the Air Force doesn’t do that). Before we get into determining small group purpose, let’s look at YOU, the small group overseer / champion / area coordinator / pastor.

So, how do we train small group leaders? Part 1 of how to train small group leaders begins with you. If you are the leader responsible for making this happen in your church or community, then you will need to clothe yourself with two things:  “COL2:6n7.” and “T.A.P.”

Clothe Myself with COL2:6n7?How to train small group leaders | Clothe Yourself with Christ - Col. 2:6-7

Yes, I know… it looks like a Star Wars droid name. Knowing how to train small group leaders begins with clothing oneself with a COL2:6n7 perspective. COL2:6n7 stands for (you guessed it), Colossians 2:6-7 (ESV) “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

When you consider the idea of recruiting, training, encouraging, supporting or helping small group leaders troubleshoot, this is the perspective we need to clothe ourselves in. We need a close relationship with Jesus–one that finds our identity and encouragement in Him and one that is grateful for His continuing work on our behalf (Romans 8:34). Church leader, if you struggle in this area, then training a small group will be very difficult and fruitless without Jesus involved (John 15:5).

Clothe Myself with T.A.P.?

Knowing how to train small group leaders also begins with T.A.P. which stands for Tenacity, Attitude and Persistence. These qualities simply sum up the character needed to lead other people: gumption. Click on the link to the left and you’ll find it defined as initiative, aggressiveness, resourcefulness. In other words, whether it’s recruiting, training, troubleshooting, firing a volunteer, or whatever, T.A.P. is required whether we like it or not. Can’t find a supporting Bible verse for this? Look at the life of Jesus. Was He passive? Did He shirk responsibility? Was He a One Approach Fits All kind of guy? Nope. I dare say He had T.A.P. and wants to give that to us (even though we may be cut from the timid cloth.) Another way of saying this is, BOLDNESS. So where do I find that boldness? In my relationship with Jesus Christ.

Question: What character traits do YOU think are necessary in how to train small group leaders?

Does Prayer Do Anything?

Does Prayer Do Anything?

Does prayer do anything? Even a cursory read of Numbers 11:1-3 is easy to see a few interesting principles of life about complaining and God’s response, as well as a leader’s prayers and God’s response.Does prayer do anything?

Complaining ticked even GOD off. Whoa! See where complaining gets us? When your children were little and you took them on an outing that might not have gone as planned, did they complain? Did they grumble? Did they WHINE?

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How to Get Into Ministry

How to Get Into Ministry

How to Get Into Ministry

I have spent the past nineteen years serving Jesus Christ in full-time ministry. While church planting, I served tri-vocationally. That’s right. I held three jobs. Not to mention I am married and have five children. I served as a church planter, owned a company, and joined the Air National Guard as a Chaplain. At the time of this writing, I am in my later-thirties and am staying resilient through all of the challenges and opportunities presented to me each day.

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Safe Christianity?

Safe Christianity?

Thank you Francis Chan!

This reminds me of a question Lucy Pevensie asks in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe regarding Aslan: “Is he safe?”

The Beaver then retorts… “Is he SAFE?!?!? No, but He is GOOD!”

That’s our Jesus. Not necessarily safe in that He allows trials and obstacles to come at us (sometimes with an unrelenting fury), but they do so always with a purpose and an opportunity to develop or display our character. Safe Christianity? Francis Chan and Lucy Pevensie Say “NO!”