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:
- Character – Obedient discipleship
- Calling – Focused ministry
- Competency – Effective leadership
- Culture – Continuous 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 Change, Michael Bungay Stanier – Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 6AM PST/9AM EST
“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.
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!
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 Change, Michael 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&A, Ken & 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 Science, Peter Demarest – Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 6AM PST/9AM EST
- Coach-Led Q&A With Marshall Goldsmith: Coaching in the New World, Marshall 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.
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-Summit – it’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.
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 Borman, James 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
- What indicators are you assessing for your congregation to re-open?
- How are you maintaining an unanxious presence in this VUCA (Volatile-Uncertain-Complex-Ambiguous) moment?
- What is your longer-term plan for online services?
- If you re-open and later forced to shelter at home again; what does that look like for your congregation?
- 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!
Last week I interviewed Brian Wilson of Access Church. I asked Brian how he is helping his congregation navigate this VUCA moment – to watch, CLICK HERE. In case you don’t recognize that acrostic, VUCA stands for:
As I’ve interacted with pastors and church planters over the last month they tend to fall into one of two camps as it relates to this VUCA moment.
- Camp Survival (hunker down to weather the storm)
- Camp Shine (leverage this season for the Kingdom)
Both camps are triggered by VUCA characteristics, or combinations of…
For instance, if a leader is triggered by a shift in power, then this season is extremely stressful. This leader may be struggling to keep things within their control that are really out of her/his control. The key question for this leader is: “How can we survive?”
In the other camp, the leader sees this season filled with opportunity to try new things. To attempt things they had hoped to do someday; but are now challenged to do now! The key question for this leader is: “How can we leverage this for the Kingdom to bless our community?”
A good example of this is taking ministry online. Delivering worship services in living rooms on devices vs. engaging the BIG room, is one significant step. This has expanded the reach of many of these congregations AND is something most congregations have done for the very first time in the last 30 days.
Releasing people to care for each other in small groups, using a variety of online platforms, is another significant step many leaders have navigated. The fruit has been impressive. What pastors and church planters are discovering across the country is that leaders:
- can be trusted
- can provide care
- can lead effectively
Back to the two camps analogy.
Here are three questions for you to reflect on to “seize the day” during this VUCA moment!
3 Questions to “Seize the Day”
- What camp do you find yourself in today, right now?
- Are you content “camping” there?
- Based on your response to the previous question:
- If “no”, what can you do to switch camps?
- If “yes”, what can you do to maximize this season to help your church shine?
I’ve written two blogs in the past that you might find helpful, related to the topic of VUCA:
- Leading Through VUCA
- Coaching VUCA
None of us have been down this path before. If you are confident that you know the way forward – then good on ‘ya. For the rest of us, my prayer is that His light would illuminate the path so that you can take the next significant step to lead yourself and your congregation forward.
Several years ago I met with Brian Wilson and one statement he made back then stuck in my mind. It was in response to the notion of church planting. Brian’s response went something like this: “that is so hard, I don’t think I would ever want to plant unless the Lord made it super clear”.
Three years later, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, Brian has partnered with Him to plant Access Church – a vibrant community of Jesus followers in Menefee, CA.
Brian is a member of our Leadership Collective. Last week I interviewed him to ask how he is helping Access Church navigate this VUCA moment. In case you don’t recognize that acrostic, VUCA stands for:
As I’ve interacted with pastors and church planters the last month they tend to fall into one of two camps. Survival (hunkering down to weather the storm) or Shine (leveraging this season for the Kingdom). Brian shared his observations as he leads Access Church through this VUCA season to Shine in the midst of adversity.
Chance for the church to shine:
- Opportunity to shine brighter
- Create momentum & connection
- Be opportunists
Encouragement to Pastors:
- Leaders shine brightest in adversity
- Attend to yourself
- Come out of this stronger
Watch the entire interview – CLICK HERE.
I had the privilege to interview Colin Noyes and Micah Dodson in response to the question: Why does disciplemaking begin in the Harvest?
Watch the video – CLICK HERE!
Colin lives in Brisbane, Australia and is an authority on disciplemaking movements. For the last twenty years he has served in denominations, ministries and leaders as a coach/consultant/trainer. Colin has authored three books on the topic.
Here are key points Colin shares:
- Jesus started in the harvest
- Disciples worked in the harvest because they were a very small group in a pagan world
- Disciplemaking was a normal part of life for every believer
- People today are interested in Jesus and what He has to say
- The post-Constantine church has to be obedient to Jesus and look back
Read more about Colin – CLICK HERE.
Here are the key points Micah shares:
- Orienting our lives around people who don’t know Jesus
- Jesus intends that we make the most of every opportunity
- Live in proximity to people who don’t know Christ
- Empower people to go out
Micah is an experienced church planter. He serves in the Pacific Northwest coaching, training, and assessing church planting leaders. Micah brings a compassion for the church planting couple and family in partnership with his wife, Kristen. Read more about Micah – CLICK HERE.
Please interact with the points from above, in the conversation below.
Pastors, church planters and staff members have been forced to work from home in virtual offices due to the warnings, limitations and restrictions imposed on local church ministry due to Covid-19. For many this is the first time working in a virtual environment. Adding to the angst of the situation is the inability to meet with people in regulay, face-to-face meetings.
Here are some of the questions this raises for lead pastors, church planters and staff members:
- How can I help my staff stay on mission?
- How can I coach my staff to brainstorm solutions?
- How can I support my staff when conflict surfaces in their team?
Leaning into this new reality is begging leaders to lead differently. More so now than ever it is critical to raise your effectiveness as a team leader for your church staff. A number of pastors, church planters and staff members that I have worked with over the years have benefited from assessments to reveal their strengths and weaknesses.
Discover the skills you need to develop when leading a virtual team.
Below is a FREE, 5 minute quiz that will help you reflect on 8 critical skills of an empowering leader. So if you are looking for a way to effectively lead a virtual church staff team the, “How to lead your church staff effectively during uncertain times” quiz is an excellent first step. Once you submit your responses to the quiz, a report will be generated and e-mailed to you immediately with suggestions to help you grow in the respective areas.
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Micah Dodson and I talk about the primary shift a leader must wrestle through in order to establish a culture of disciplemaking in your church. This is perhaps the key philosophical decision a leader must make to create an intentional community of disciples, making disciples. After we discuss the shift then I ask Micah to present a challenge to take the next step to strengthen your disciplemaking culture.
You will need 6 minutes to view this video; I promise it will be worth your time – CLICK HERE!
To get the conversation started – share your take away from the video below.
Making Disciples Coaching Guide
History will tell the story how the Church decided to act in faith and be the Church in crisis.
Last Tuesday Gina (my wife) and I made an executive decision for our small group. We have a wonderful host couple that open their home so that our group of 5-17 members (depending on the week) can meet on Tuesday evenings for about 28 weeks throughout the year. A number of our participants have compromised immune systems or loved ones who are at greater risk than the general population. Last weekend our church, like about many other congregations across the country, launched their first-ever online worship service.
Back to our small group. I discussed the situation with Gina and we came up with a solution. Due to the the various reasons above – we moved our small group gathering to a virtual format, using Zoom. This is not an original idea with us. In fact, this might seem old school for many. But, it was an innovative solution to a real and pressing issue.
This allowed our group to meet without concerns for the health of our people who deal with compromised immune systems. More importantly, this removed the excuse not to meet. Check-out the list of questions below to consider creative solutions to complex problems.
7 Questions to Innovate Creative Solutions in Ministry during Uncertain Times
- What is influencing our decisions as we navigate this crisis?
- How can we leverage the circumstances the crisis is presenting, to move the mission of Jesus forward?
- Brainstorm a list of ideas that come to mind.
- Narrow the list to the best 3-5 ideas.
- What are the pros and cons of each idea?
- Choose the best idea that you can execute within a certain timeframe.
- What are the necessary steps to implement this idea.
Going to an online platform to keep your church connected might be the direction you need to move right now. This forced migration might be the best thing for your congregation. Perhaps, online isn’t something you need to do and there are other considerations that will allow you to capitalize on the opportunity?
Three COMPLIMENTARY Coaching Sessions to Innovate Creative Solutions During Uncertain Times
With the warnings, limitations and restrictions imposed on your ministry; would you like help navigating this season? With that in mind, InFocus is offering three complimentary coaching appointments, 30 minutes each. Going online with worship services, small groups or your entire ministry is innovative.
With the current restrictions the government has enforced due to the Coronavirus there was an uptick in webinars just last week to assist leaders that need to introduce online solutions for their church, facilitated by experts in the field. If you would like assistance on sorting through all the options I would be happy to coach you around the best way to address your need. Simply click on the button below to schedule a time that works for you. You determine the agenda:
- Taking your worship services online
- Taking your disciplemaking online
- Taking your church online
…..or some other topic of your choosing!
CLICK HERE to schedule your first appointment