Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

What compliment would you liked to have given in 2017? Thanks-giving is your chance to give thanks to the Lord and the people He has surrounded you with to fulfill His mission on earth. It is easy to allow the busyness of ministry and work to dictate your actions. Countless demands on your time that can infringe on your life. But it is not okay to use that as an excuse to miss the opportunity to thank people for their contribution.

 

Reflect on the following:

  • Who have you meant to thank, that is doing something that if it was not done, everyone would notice?
  • Who is performing a random act(s) of kindness for you, your team or organization?
  • Who have you taken for granted?
  • What compliment would you liked to have given in 2017?

 

This is a year-end question I pose to leaders I coach. There is still time. Don’t miss this opportunity.

 

Challenge:

1. Write a list: take 90 seconds and identify as many people you can to thank for their contribution and role in your life and ministry.

2. Write a note: take the time to write a simple note of thanks and appreciation.

Tis’ the Season to be Grateful

Tis’ the Season to be Grateful

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year. More than Christmas or Easter; Thanksgiving solicits a different response from me. I absolutely love and embrace the history passed-on from our forefathers:

“It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1864, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.”

Let me take a moment to highlight three men that have facilitated the growth and expansion of InFocus. Each member of the InFocus Board has a particular role and contribution.  I give thanks to the Lord for the wisdom they have provided over the years.

In the midst of the family gatherings, friends and fun; it is easy to forget the need to give thanks. I encourage you to “give thanks” to those who have supported you in your leadership journey this last year.

  • Who are the influential people in your life?

See this blog from earlier this year, for a list of people who have made my leadership journey possible; as a prompt for you to give thanks for the people God has used in your life.

What is a level 5 leader?

What is a level 5 leader?

The best reason I suggest you to participate in a Collective, is not:

  • the power of coaching
  • the power of a focused learning communities.

No, the best reason that I would give is the profound impact God has made through the ministries of my co-presenters who are multiplying leaders (read Multiply).

Church Multiplication Collective

  • Tim Vink – Level 4-5 leader
    • Stewarded the Reformed Church of America movement from 3% to 14% of churches reproducing since 2005.

Disciple-Making Collective

  • Daniel B – missionary that has catalyzed 400+ Discovery Bible studies with his team
    • Has helped train over 500 church planters in disciple-making strategies worldwide.

Allowing leaders to focus on a shared issue within a group of like-minded individuals, combines the power of one-on-one coaching with the strength of a learning community.

If you have not yet registered yet I would like to encourage you to seriously consider taking that next step. Registration ends November 10, 2017 for this round of Collectives. Below is the schedule with times listed in the links below:  

  • Session #1: Nov 13, 2017
  • Session #2: Dec 4, 2017
  • Session #3: Jan 9, 2018
  • Session #4: Feb 5, 20178

Please e-mail InFocus if you have specific questions about taking the next step to register.

See Church Multiplication Collective to register.

See Disciple-Making Collective to register.

Strategically Approaching 2018

Strategically Approaching 2018

How are you preparing for 2018?

Over the last 30+ years I’ve discovered the power of coaching leaders to help them succeed.  Leaders thrive when the learn in communities. Allowing leaders to focus on a shared issue within a group of like-minded individuals combines the power of one-on-one coaching with the strength of a learning community.

InFocus is launching two 6-month-long Collectives that are designed to allow leaders to activate, assess, and apply what they learn in their ministries. The Collectives will focus on how leaders should respond in moments of chaos and uncertainty, guiding leaders through the decisions that drive their visions.

The Collectives are focused on:

  • Church Planting & Multiplication: best suited for regional leaders responsible for the health & growth of multiple congregations
  • Disciplemaking: best suited for pastors/church planters

How are you preparing for 2018?  Who do you know that needs the support of a Collective?  Registration ends November 10, 2017 for this round of Collectives.  

The Power of InFocus Collectives

The Power of InFocus Collectives

What is the purpose of a Collective?

Collectives are focused learning intensives that focus on the best practices to make more & better disciples by creating the healthiest environments possible.

  • Activate your vision through individualized coaching.
  • Assess your framework to cultivate a movement of disciples and healthy churches by interacting with other members of the Collective.
  • Apply principles in designing an action plan to implement in your context.

Who are the Collectives going to impact most?

Disciplemaking Collective
  • Micro-Church Planters
    • I’ve put a lot of thought into this one. The Disciplemaking Collective is ideal for the leader of a disciple-making movement with the goal of rapid reproduction. Daniel B has been instrumental in establishing over 400 Discovery Bible Studies in five years; catalyzing a movement of disciples, making disciples.
Church Multiplication Collective
  • Regional leaders within denominational systems/networks
    • From my perspective, the most challenging role within the church hierarchy is the regional leader. Why? The regional leader leads exclusively through influence (in many networks). Perhaps a close second is the national leader who is charged to leverage influence through the regional leaders; but the conduit to get anything done is the regional leader

What is unique about the Collectives?

  • We’ll discuss the principles.for disciplemaking and church multiplication.
  • We’ll lean from the experienced, seasoned practitioners.
  • We’ll learn in a coach-facilitated conversation vs. an information download.

Why would I join one?

  1. The timing is right: Start 2018 with a plan.
  2. The community is right: Focused leaders intent on the same goal.
  3. The cost is right: Over the 6 months of the Collective, it comes to $5/day.

If not you – who?

  • This is a great opportunity if you have a disciplemaking or church multiplication ministry focus. There may also be leaders in your circle of influence that need what Collectives have to offer. Please share this blog with them and ask/challenge then to consider a Collective.