There’s still time…

There’s still time…

I get it!  You might be wondering what the connection is between coaching in the business context and ministry.  Is that right?

One shift leaders encounter when they engage emerging leaders in their leadership development journey is the critical ability to listen, ask questions and offer constructive feedback.  Facilitating an emerging leader’s development is not something you learn from reading a book or going to a seminar.  Simply sharing information will engage people at a certain level, but to truly connect on a behavioral level, pastors and church planters keen on multiplying leaders to launch church multiplication movements adopt a coach approach.

The real question then is, what can we learn from other leadership experts to help us be more effective at coaching emerging leaders to accelerate their development.

That is why I am suggesting that you can learn from the global thought leaders in the discipline of coaching. The WBECS (World Business Executive Coaching Summit) Pre-Summit officially kicked off last week! Already the first few sessions have been amazing like the session entitled Easy Change vs Hard Change, hosted by Michael Bungay Stanier.

Although the summit has officially started, there’s plenty more to look forward to. I’d love for you to join me and this fantastic, supportive coach community.

To give you an idea of what you can expect at this complimentary Pre-Summit, I’ve listed two sessions I’m most excited about attending:

  • Neuro-Axiology – Adding Value to Your Coaching with Game-Changing Insights from Mind-Brain-Value SciencePeter Demarest – Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 6AM PST/9AM EST
  • Coach-Led Q&A With Marshall Goldsmith: Coaching in the New WorldMarshall Goldsmith – Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 2PM PST/5PM EST

There’s still time to register for the live-virtual complimentary classes taught by top thought leaders in business, executive, and leadership coaching.

Secure your seat for the complimentary Pre-Summit and join me on this journey here.

I can’t wait to see you in the WBECS community.

Gary Reinecke
Executive Director
InFocus
MULTIPLY-FOCUS-EMPOWER-PLANT

991.473.4481
www.infocusnet.org
greinecke@infocusnet.org

 
Can you make it?

Can you make it?

Last week I mentioned that just before the “lock-down” occurred InFocus launched the Leadership Collective 2020.  We met for two days to discuss a comprehensive leadership development pathway to multiply leaders.  Since then we have been processing how to refine their leadership pipeline in triads and webinars, beginning with the disciplemaking process the church planters and pastors use.

We will continue to progress through four phases of the leadership pipeline over the months to come:

  • CharacterObedient discipleship
  • CallingFocused ministry
  • CompetencyEffective leadership
  • CultureContinuous multiplication

One shift leaders encounter when they engage disciples in their discipleship journey is the critical ability to listen more and ask thought-provoking questions.  Facilitating the disciples’s ability to listen to the Holy Spirit and obey is not something you learn from reading a book.  Obedience is hard work!  Simply sharing information will engage people at a certain level, but to truly connect on a heart level, leaders keen on multiplying disciples are adopting a coach approach, and training other disciplemakers to do the same.

As a leader, you understand that the quality of your ability to empower others is the most valuable asset you have. Whether you are a pastor, church planter, missionary, denominational executive – empowering people is the common thread we share.  That’s why I’m a firm believer that continued education and growth are crucial for long-term success.

As I’ve shared with you in the past, I’ve had an amazing experience attending WBECS – the World Business and Executive Coach Summit. I highly recommend that you take a look at this year’s inspiring lineup and register for their complimentary Pre-Summit classes.  About 30,000-40,000 leaders participated in WBECS last year in 138 countries, making this the largest coach training event globally.

Have you been able to register for WBECS?

I know you’re busy, so in case you missed my last email – the complimentary, live-virtual WBECS Pre-Summit officially opens its doors today. They’re kicking off the event with Michael Bungay Stanier (Founder of MBSWorks and Box of Crayons, International Best-Selling Author of The Coaching Habit).  He is a bit quirky – but his thoughtful approach to helping people make real change in their life has important applications for disciplemaking!

If I could only choose one session that would help you in your development as a disciple coach – this is the one I’d recommend:

  • Easy Change vs Hard ChangeMichael Bungay Stanier – Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 6AM PST/9AM EST

Biography

“My name is Michael. I can hop. Do you want to see me hop?” That’s how I introduced myself to bemused strangers at the supermarket when I was three. Not much has changed, although my mum is (maybe) a little less embarrassed. Here’s the formal bio—you can tell, because it’s written in the 3rd person. Michael Bungay Stanier is at the forefront of shaping how organizations around the world make being coach-like an essential leadership behavior and competency. His book, The Coaching Habit is the best-selling coaching book of this century, with over 750,000 copies sold and 1,000+ five-star reviews on Amazon. In 2019, he was named the #1 thought leader in coaching, and was shortlisted for the coaching prize by Thinkers50, the “Oscars of management”. Michael was the first Canadian Coach of the Year and has been named a Global Coaching Guru since 2014. He was a Rhodes Scholar.

Session Description

As coaches, we’re in the business of behavior change. And, wow, it’s really difficult. We are all, literally, creatures of habit. Our role in helping our clients have the courage and discipline to change the way they act is significant and tricky. You undoubtedly know about the power of habit building (and if not, you should). But we’ve all had the experience of trying to build good habits … and for all our best intent, having them nonetheless wither on the vine. The step before habit building is understanding the difference between Easy Change and Hard Change. Until you do that, you and your clients will perpetually struggle to make the changes that matter most.

Key Learning Takeaways:

1. The difference between Easy Change and Hard Change … and why it matters. 2. Why the direct approach to Hard Change rarely works. 3. The foundational coaching question that lies at the heart of Hard Change.

Seats for the Pre-Summit fill up fast. Check out the full speaker lineup then grab yourself a complimentary seat here.

Expect to learn powerful coaching techniques and the latest developments in the industry. The live classes are focused on delivering pure value with NO sales pitches, making them 100% worth your time.

I’d love for you to join me in learning from the best thought leaders in the world as it pertains to empowering people through coaching.

I can’t wait to see you there!

Gary Reinecke
Executive Director
InFocus
MULTIPLY-FOCUS-EMPOWER-PLANT

991.473.4481
www.infocusnet.org
greinecke@infocusnet.org

Improve your coaching in 2020 – FREE Coach Training Opportunity

Improve your coaching in 2020 – FREE Coach Training Opportunity

Just before the “lock-down” occurred we launched the Leadership Collective 2020.  We met for two days to discuss a comprehensive leadership development pathway to multiply leaders with pastors, church planters and a regional leader (from a denominational network).  Since then we have been processing how to refine their leadership pipeline in triads and webinars, beginning with their disciplemaking process.  Little did we understand what new challenges we would encounter just a week or two later.

One of the major shifts leaders are encountering who are engaging people is the critical ability to listen more and ask thought-provoking questions.  Simply sharing information will engage some people at a certain level, but to truly connect with people on a heart level, leaders are adopting a coach approach.  We’re seeing this more and more as churches go online e.g. chat conversations.

That’s why I’m a firm believer that continued coach training is crucial for long-term success in ministry.

As I’ve shared with you in the past, I’ve had an amazing experience attending WBECS – the World Business and Executive Coach Summit.  A coach approach isn’t good just for business leaders  – it is good for ministry leaders as well!  I highly recommend that you take a look at this year’s inspiring lineup and register for their complimentary Pre-Summit classes.

If I could only choose five sessions that would help you in your leadership development, here are the five I’d recommend:

  • Easy Change vs Hard ChangeMichael Bungay Stanier – Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 6AM PST/9AM EST
  • Coach-Led Q&A: Team Coaching, David Clutterbuck & Peter Hawkins – Thursday, May 28th, 2020 6AM PST/9AM EST
  • Coach-Led Q&AKen & Madeleine Blanchard – Friday, May 29th, 2020 10AM PST/1PM EST
  • Neuro-Axiology – Adding Value to Your Coaching with Game-Changing Insights from Mind-Brain-Value SciencePeter Demarest – Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 6AM PST/9AM EST
  • Coach-Led Q&A With Marshall Goldsmith: Coaching in the New WorldMarshall Goldsmith – Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 2PM PST/5PM EST

Registration for the Pre-Summit is now open. View the full WBECS speaker lineup and secure your complimentary seat today.  The Pre-Summit begins on May 26th. Register for over 40 live online classes – all completely pitch-free and focused on giving value.  Register here for the complimentary Pre-Summit sessions before they’re full.

Excited to see how you enjoy the sessions!  I promise you will find this incredibly valuable.

Gary Reinecke
Executive Director
InFocus
MULTIPLY-FOCUS-EMPOWER-PLANT

991.473.4481
www.infocusnet.org
greinecke@infocusnet.org

Become the highest level coach you can be

Become the highest level coach you can be

As a leader, you understand that the quality of your coaching is one of the most valuable assets you bring to your ability to make disciples and develop leaders.  Whether you are a pastor, church planter, missionary, denominational executive or coach full-time – empowering people is the common thread we share.  That’s why I’m a firm believer that continued education and growth are crucial for long-term success.

For the last several years I’ve attended WBECS – the World Business and Executive Coach Summit. WBECS is a live, online summit featuring over 40 of the most brilliant minds in coaching.

One of the best ways to achieve certification through the International Coach Federation is through this amazing opportunity.  By attending, you’ll earn up to 5 complimentary ICF & EMCC CCEUs. I would love you to join me at this year’s Pre-Summitit’s 100% complimentary.  As you might know I earned my Master Certified Coach credential in 2018 and all of my CCEUs were logged through WBECS!

The world class presenters at WBECS cover a wide range of topics in structured learning tracks such as business development, team coaching and neuroscience to name a few. You are welcome to register for as many sessions as you’d like!

Here are just a few examples of the live sessions you can choose from when you join the complimentary Pre-Summit:

• Coaching Widespread Fear: Using Non-Reactive Empathy To Uplift Perspective – Marcia Reynolds
• Understand yourself (and others) with the ‘Four Tendencies’ Personality Framework – Gretchen Rubin
• Awareness in Action: Preparing Yourself — and Your Clients! — for a Better Future – David Peterson
• How to dramatically increase your close rates on your coaching clients – Alisa Cohn

Plus so many more!

Interested? Then reserve your spot for the complimentary WBECS Pre-Summit today!

I promise you will find this incredibly valuable.

Gary Reinecke
Executive Director
InFocus
MULTIPLY-FOCUS-EMPOWER-PLANT

991.473.4481
www.infocusnet.org
greinecke@infocusnet.org

Re-entry: Ask the Right Question

Re-entry: Ask the Right Question

Apollo 8 was the first crewed spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit and the first to reach the Moon, orbit it, and return.  Its three-astronaut crew—Frank BormanJames Lovell, and William Anders—were the first humans to fly to the Moon, to witness and photograph an Earthrise, and to escape the gravity of a celestial body.  Re-entry is the final phase for the Apollo spacecraft and re-entry can be fraught with extra-ordinary challenges, like in Apollo 13.  I highly recommend the film “Apollo 13” if you haven’t seen it!

The internet is bursting with ideas to help businesses, schools and churches re-enter following the Shelter at Home phase we face with Covid-19.

As I’ve been interacting with church planters, pastors, denominational and mission executives – I’ve listened to real concerns, thoughts about the challenges of social distancing and future steps to reopening.  One leader I coach (who has given me permission to cite his letters to his constituents) has offered wise counsel on several Reopening related topics.  Neil Lebhar has served as the Bishop of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) since his consecration in 2010.  We have been in a coaching relationship since July 2014.

Recently Neil led a devotion with his Executive Committee and one of the leaders shared this insight from Devi Sridhar, a public-health expert at the University of Edinburgh.

“Everyone wants to know when this will end. That’s not the right question. The right question is:

How do we continue?”

Neil used the motif of Apollo 13 and showed the clip of the control room when things didn’t go according to plan.  One of the first things the NASA team did was assess the situation.  They asked, “What do we have on the spacecraft that’s good?”  From that initial understanding of the materials on board, the crew worked with the engineers and essentially “duct-taped” a safe re-entry.  Referencing Philippians 3:8-16 Neil assessed the losses, gains and future aspirations for followers of Jesus.

We know Jesus – the most valuable treasure in the world, regardless of losses

8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith

Knowing Jesus includes both experiencing his resurrection power and suffering

10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

Neil closed with this excerpt from the book “Victorious: Corrie Ten Boom and the Hiding Place”

Point people to Jesus - Betsie Ten Boom to her sister Corrie

“Corrie, never tell people that it was your faith, for people will say, ‘I haven’t got Corrie ten Boom’s faith.’ But when you tell people that it was Jesus, then they will know that the same Jesus who carried us through is willing to carry them through also. For Jesus died at the cross for the sins of the whole world, not only for us, but for all the Jews and the Gentiles of the world, and He says, ‘Come unto Me, all who are heavy laden.’ So we have a message for the whole world.”

5 Reflection Questions as you Consider Re-entry

  1. What indicators are you assessing for your congregation to re-open?
  2. How are you maintaining an unanxious presence in this VUCA (Volatile-Uncertain-Complex-Ambiguous) moment?
  3. What is your longer-term plan for online services?
  4. If you re-open and later forced to shelter at home again; what does that look like for your congregation?
  5. How would you describe the “win” for your congregation through Covid-19?

Please share any ideas you are discovering as you navigate this season with other leaders who are going through this time along with you, so that we can learn from each other – see below.

If you are interested to read well-informed SAMPLE PLANS FOR RE-ENTRY, Canon Jessica Jones (a member of Neil’s team) compiled 4 strategies congregations are contemplating based on CDC Guidelines CLICK HERE.

 

Blessings to you and your ministry during this time!

Gary Reinecke
Executive Director
InFocus
MULTIPLY-FOCUS-EMPOWER-PLANT

991.473.4481
www.infocusnet.org
greinecke@infocusnet.org