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uphill“Everything worthwhile is uphill. People have uphill hopes and downhill habits.” John Maxwell

Quotebook: Bill Hybels on Leadership Development Plans

emerging leaders“A leadership development plan has to address these three phases: Identifying emerging leaders. Investing in the development of emerging leaders. Entrusting responsibility to emerging leaders.” Courageous Leadership, Bill Hybels

The most important role of our Groups Team is to identify, recruit and develop high capacity leaders of leaders.

Further Reading:

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definition of insanity“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein

As the next ministry season approaches, are you preparing to do the same thing you did last season but expecting different results?

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Quotebook: Andy Stanley on Emptying Your Leadership Cup

empty cup“As leaders, we are never responsible for filling anyone else’s cup. Our responsibility is to empty ours.” Andy Stanley

This clip from Leadercast 2014 is very helpful in understanding this concept.

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Quotebook: There Are No Problem-Free Systems, Models or Strategies

ProblemFree“There are no problem-free systems, models, or strategies. Every system, model and strategy comes with a set of problems. Wise leaders simply choose the set of problems they’d rather have.”

I refer to this “quote” in almost every consultation, coaching call, workshop, and seminar I give. I believe this line is a version of something Niccolò Machiavelli wrote in The Prince, but I’ve never confirmed it.

Regardless, I believe the pursuit of problem-free delays more ministry than almost anything else. I also believe there are no problem free small group ministry systems, models or strategies.

mistakes chalkboard“If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.” – Frank Wilczek, 2004 Nobel Prize winner

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Jim Stockdale on Confronting the Brutal Facts

confronting“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” Jim Stockdale

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Bill Hybels on Overscheduling

overschedule hurry“A runaway calendar will keep you from simplifying your life. It holds you hostage to tangible things—meetings, appointments, and projects—without giving proper priority to the intangibles: who you are becoming, your relationships with family and friends, your connectedness to God. Without conscious intervention, this pattern of chronically overscheduling ensures that the priorities you care about most will take a backseat to the urgent priorities of others every time.” Bill Hybels, Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul

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Quotebook: John Ortberg on Finding a True “Just As I Am” Church

just as i am“If ever there were a true ‘just as I am’ church, if ever there were a community where everybody could bring all their baggage and brokenness with them without neat and tidy happy endings quite yet, if ever there was a group where everyone was loved and no one pretended — we could not make enough room inside the building.” John Ortberg, The Me I Want to Be

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How Personally Are You Taking It?

take it personallyIn the closing message at re:group Clay Scroggins reflected on the incident in Mark 2:1-12 where four friends brought a paralyzed man to be healed by Jesus. Remember the story? Here’s the paragraph he spent most of his time on:

Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

In a series of statements, Scroggins shared something so important for all of us:

“Jesus was moved not by what they believed, but by what they did because of what they believed.”

“Jesus was moved not by their model of community but by their decision to model community.”

“When you begin to take community personally you’ll learn how to make community better.”

So…how personally are you taking community?

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