5 Things I Have Learned About Leadership At Andrew Wommack’s Leadership Conference So Far

5.  Pastors have to be thorough in their teaching, realizing there are ditches on both sides of the road and we need to help people steer a course forward.

4.  Celebrate the victories and gifts of other people.  You need each other.

3.  It is up to pastors to teach people the purpose of government.

2.  The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to us to change the world.  The supreme purpose of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to bring people from death to life.

1.  A little generosity to someone in a strange land means a great deal.

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Being On a Plane

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I am actually blogging from inside a plane.  The plane has its own wifi!  I have headphones in and I’m watching X-Men, Amanda is sitting next to me and watching a period drama.  In under four hours we will be in Chicago to catch our connection to Denver. It’s been a remarkably pleasant flight with no turbulence or issues. 

As I am sitting here, I am thinking about the whole aeroplane experience, having been on a few this year and intending to fly at least twice more before 2015.  As someone who is used to making my own decisions, plot my own course and generally get my own way, flying is a very different experience.  You sit where you are told, you wait until they are ready to fly, you eat what you are given, and you don’t get a vote on destination once airborne. 

Why would any adult subject themselves to this treatment?  Why would they subject themselves so willingly to another person, and pay a lot of money to do so?  The answer is remarkably simple: the pilot of the aeroplane has a set of skills that means only he can get me where I need to be.  I can’t do it myself I need him to take me.  As long as I need him to get to where I need to be, I have to listen carefully to him, and give up my individual freedom to be part of something bigger than myself to access the pilots skill and wisdom because I have a destination.

The application to us as leaders is huge.  Firstly, to get people to follow you you must have a destination, you must have a place they want, even need to go to.  Right now I follow the workout and eating advice of someone  because I want to get to a certain place health wise.  I have three mentors whose advice on church leadership and planting I follow because I need to get somewhere.  People follow me because I am leading them to a great destination.  Secondly, if you have wisdom to get somewhere don’t ever let your vision be a democracy.  A lot of people join someone because of a need to get somewhere but on the journey, selfishness, impatience, frustration and pride kick in and, although ignorant, start insisting things be done a certain way.  Don’t let people sew their cotton patches into your silk vision.  If you have spent years training to be the pilot, and you know you can do it through your experience and your passion, don’t hand the joystick over to anyone else.

Finally, if you do want to be better than you are, if you want to go further than you have ever gone, reach destinations you never could on your own, you will have to learn to develop the character to be part of something bigger than yourself and learn to shut up and listen to the pilot.  In an age where people want their democratic rights, where people think the church should be run by committee, where schools give votes to children and politicians put popularity over principles, learn to develop the necessary character to remain somewhere, to be a small part of a big wheel, to lay down your opinions to get to where you need to be.  If you find a good pilot, board, sit down, listen well and don’t jump out until you have completed the journey.

5 Things I Learned From Yoda (About Being a Better Leader)

Yoda is over nine hundred years old and was the ruler of an ancient group of Jedi.  An accomplished fighter and leader, he has a great deal of wisdom.  Here is some of the things I have learned from this little green dude:

  1.  Don’t attempt something – do it

To achieve anything in life you have to already see that you can do it.  Those who think they can and those who think they cannot are both right.  Decide in your heart that you can succeed, and don’t try to do it, just do it!

2.  Don’t be afraid to change games!

We used to live on a hill, and my little brother could get some amazing speed on his little tricycle.  He used to race the cars going past.  He never ever beat one, no matter how fast his legs would pedal.  His problem wasn’t pedalling harder – it was he needed a better vehicle.

So many people are pedalling as hard as they can when they need a new approach, a new job, a new relationship, a new location, a new strategy.  It’s not about working hard, it’s about getting the job done!

3. Stop worrying about what might happen!

In John 14, while talking about the importance of faith, Jesus suddenly tells his disciples he has a place prepared for them in heaven.  That used to amaze me until I realized that a heavenly mind is the best environment for faith because it destroys all fear.  You have six months to live from cancer?  That means I will be with Jesus in six months!  You are going to live under a bridge?  Well after a billion years living in a mansion I don’t think I care.

Realizing that it will all work out in heaven causes you to let go of the worries and concerns of earthly things, let’s you rejoice and let’s you believe God without fear contaminating that faith.

4. Fear is the root of all evil

God has not given you or me a spirit of fear and we must resist fear with every breath in our body.  Jesus told Jairus four simple words “No fear, only believe”.  We need to adopt the same mantra no matter what happens in our life.  Fear only empowers the devil, faith only releases the power of God.  Resist fear!

5. Unlearning is as important as learning – and find a quiet space!

We have a lot of nonsense in our minds.  Religion, tradition and culture have taught us a lot of things.  To change a baby’s nappy, the first step is to get rid of the old nappy and clean up the stinky stuff.  To change your thinking, the first step is to get rid of the old thoughts and clean up the stinky stuff between your ears!

To truly do this, you need to find a place of stillness.  A place where you can rest and be silent.  A place where you can take the time to dream, to think, to ponder, to think, to unthink, to rethink.  Angry people do not make good decisions!  Find a place of calm and spend time there.

Lead from the Front

True leadership involves doing and modelling what you expect others to do.  Too many leaders – and sadly this includes church pastors – do not get involved with what they want people to do.  They don’t witness, don’t pray, only study the Word to prepare a sermon and so on and so forth.  Some don’t even turn up for their own church services until it’s time for the preaching.

Get out of it!  Get your hands dirty, get involved, visit someone, pray for someone, share the gospel with someone.  You will get more respect from your people and have more fun too!