Here’s a round up of this week’s posts and the top leadership and productivity articles I’ve read this week.
Read some of the equippinghispeople posts you may not have seen this week:
Jesus’ father, Joseph would have had expectations for Jesus’ life. In this story, Jesus blows his parents’ expectations out of the water.
What does God look like? In Colossians 3, Paul tells us we see God in the person of Jesus Christ. We must reflect him too.
Contemplation is essential for spiritual leaders. A Christian leader’s life must be one of loving attention to God, even in the midst of providing effective leadership and keeping up productivity levels.
And here are the top five articles on leadership or productivity I’ve read this past week:
Great leadership means practicing self-awareness. In this episode, Michael and Megan show you how the simple practice of writing for a few minutes a day can help you avoid making mistakes based on pride or ignorance and make solid decisions by being aware of your own motivations. It helps you to contemplate how your day has gone.
Shawn argues that as leaders, our own leadership and growth must be held up as the most important thing we do. If we get better, everyone and everything else will get better. Our growth benefits everyone else! So take out your calendar right now…put yourself first…find time to contemplate…and lead yourself to the next level! It will even have a positive effect on your productivity levels.
It may seem an anathema to effective productivity, but Brian makes a good case that silence is a wonderful tool and gift from God to bring that awareness. In spiritual leadership, we can only shepherd our people to the places to which we have personally gone and experienced. Brian encourages us to contemplate and embrace silence as that peaceful, healing balm for your noisy, restless soul.
If you work for an organisation or a denomination like me, then there will be occasions when you have to approach senior leadership to authorise action and provide resources. Dan provides a good list to ensure you get buy-in when you do.
Mark asks us to admit we do not have enough time or energy to do everything that is expected of you. That’s just not productive. The good news is that we are not supposed to. What if we refused to be the solution to every problem in our church? Imagine defining leadership success by how our members’ succeed instead of how we succeed? Our call to equip people for ministry is a call to give plates away, not spin them better. Here are four declarations of what pastors are NOT called to be.
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