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


“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



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