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What is Leadership? - By James Smith
 
Invitation to Visioneering Webinar - By Dr. Fred Childs
 
The Value Of A Good Instrument - By Jeff Arnold
 
Communicator Keys
 
Can I Save You a Headache? - By Rev. James Smith
 

What is Leadership?

By James Smith

What is Leadership? Leadership is first and foremost influence. When you look over history, you will find People like Hitler, Churchill. Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, who were all great leaders. Not all of them were great people, but they had a way of drawing the masses into their way of thinking.

Of those people listed here, the one who intrigues me the most is Adolph Hitler. If there ever was a political mad man, he was one. However, with all of his error, he was able to lead the masses of Germany into his way of thinking. He was able, with his mindset of madness, to convince them, that murderous mayhem was the necessary means of creating a better and stronger Germany.

So, leadership is influence. How a person uses that influence is the proof of that persons character. Some even in church arenas, have used their influence of people for their own self gratification. Their own self-preservation. And their own agendas. This is not Godly or Spiritual Leadership, however it is Leadership.

Regardless of the result of your effect on a person’s life, whom you have influence over, you are ultimately leading them. It may be your children. It may be the people who work for you or are under you in a corporation or church. It may be the kids in your Youth Group. Or it may be the people you Minister to in your local church.

I recognize the effect of my father’s leading in my life growing up as a child. For years, my father was an alcoholic. He beat his wife. He neglected his children. He abandoned his post of fatherhood, yet he was, with all of his silence in my life, leading and influencing me. Who I would become as a man, was being formed by a person who, for the most part of my childhood, was absent.

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Invitation to Visioneering Webinar

By Dr. Fred Childs

As a leader do you know what your vision is? Do you know how to articulate it? Is it written down? Does everyone else understand it clearly? Does everyone in your organization share the same vision? Does everyone know exactly what their actions are to be in order to bring the vision to pass?

If your answer is "no" then you are no different than the majority of leaders who are struggling to focus their organization toward a common destination and purpose.

Hello, I am Dr. Fred Childs and I want to invite you to participate in your solution. I personally invite you to our next webinar to be held at 12 noon CST on Tuesday, August 9. I will be teaching on Visioneering: How to Craft and Implement a Shared Vision.

I have worked with several hundred organizations, from Fortune 200 companies to churches in facilitating the development of a clear and distinct corporate vision. The power behind it is it includes key components of the vision of the people and their buy-in which makes it a shared vision.

This webinar will be limited to the first 300 people that enroll. Our Premium members at ChurchMentor get first priority, and I encourage you to log onto www.ChurchMentor.net today and become a Premium member. This gives you full access to every benefit of the mentoring website for less than the cost of a cup of coffee per day.

This webinar:

1. Will give you an overview of the vision development process

2. We detail how to obtain buy-in and commitment from everyone in the organization

3. Describe tools for facilitating a Visioneering event

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The Value Of A Good Instrument

By Jeff Arnold

The carpenter relies upon his tools to be correct for whatever job is being done and, also, that his saw is sharp and the proper cutting type. No real builder of various items would even think about doing quality work without the best of tools to aid his efforts. Consider what type of music would come to the ear, if the wrong instruments were played for certain parts, or worse; the instruments were out of tune or broken down - guitars missing strings, a drum with a hole in the skin, violins with loose strings, a trumpet clogged, and so on. Without the instrument being correct and in good shape, the person working or playing could not be able to perform at peak. Now, consider the same truth with regard to God and His saved vessels.

We are the instruments that God plays upon, works through and, if we are in terrible condition, or out of tune with His purposes, what can we ever accomplish for Him?

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Communicator Keys

American society is in the midst of a communications explosion. All sorts of electronic and print media vie for people’s attention. Amid this cultural revolution, there you are, trying to communicate the most important message of all time – the good news of Jesus Christ. How can you possibly compete? Following these 10 principles will ensure greater impact for your preaching.

  1. Believe in what you say. Ferdinand Foch said, “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” All the crafting in the world can’t save a message that has no passion in it. If you can’t get excited about a subject, don’t preach on it.
  2. Believe that people can change. Keep in mind that all great communicators have one thing in common: They expect their message to change lives.
  3. Live what you say. Unless you have credibility, even the best content will get you nowhere. If you don’t live it, your listeners won’t either.
  4. Know when to say it. Be observant of people’s reactions to your message. When you sense that people are receptive, it is time to ask for a response.
  5. Know how to say it. Creativity greatly enhances communication. Use all the tools you can to make the message interesting and memorable: plays on words, acrostics, humor, stories, skits, music – all can help increase your impact. Avoid being too predictable. If people always know what you are about to say or how you will say it, they will tune you out.

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Can I Save You a Headache?

By Rev. James Smith

Boy what a hassle!  That’s generally how most preachers feel about the finances of the church.  Wouldn’t it be incredible if we never had to deal with the money?  Even Jesus handed the money purse off to someone else.  Who wants to deal with it?!

My wife currently handles the offerings of the church.  For years we have struggled to find a software that makes the accounting of the tithes and offerings simple.  I hate to say this, but about 10 years ago, I believe the accounting software people had a product that was easy enough to use for most people in most churches.  Then something sinister began to happen.  They started making these programs able to do more.  And More. And MORE!  To the point that even someone like myself who is very familiar with computers and various programs has a hard time figuring them out.

Last year we purchased one program that was recommended to us which was supposed to be able to store the contributions of the church on a server outside of our own computers for security and privacies sake.  I loved this idea and quickly purchased the program.  It cost over $35 per month.  I thought this price was not too bad if it would help us to record the giving of the church and save us if the computers died or the church caught fire... We’d still have an off site record.

I spent 3 evenings of extremely valuable time trying to figure that program out.  I never was able to get it to work.  We paid for that program for several months before my wife finally said, “Forget it, I’ll just make my own spreadsheets!”  She was frustrated and I was angry that the contribution softwares had gotten so sophisticated that they were now very hard to use by many people.

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