Archives For March 2010

Just came back from a one-day Catalyst One-Day leadership conference in Chicago that really challenged my heart. Boy, did I need that! Challenging, pushed, poked, prodded, convicting, and uplifting all at once. If you’re in leadership and have lost your momentum, I’d seriously encourage you to check it out.

I’ve been thinking about leadership for a while. Leadership is so critical for the health of any organization–be it a business, a ministry, a church, or a family. Where I often fall down is when I assume that my leadership is about control. It’s not. (And when I think it is, I’ve had people close to me on my team take me to task to help me understand that it’s not. Admittedly, that’s really humbling, but it’s also really necessary and I’m deeply grateful for a team that cares about me enough to do that.)

Well, if it’s not about control, then what is leadership about? It’s about vision and mission, and clearly communicating that mission and vision to those you are asking to follow your lead.

The wisdom of the Proverbs tells us: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Prov. 29:18). People need clear vision. A mission. Without it, we’re a mess. We aimlessly wander around, wasting all kinds of time, energy, and resources and don’t accomplish our calling in life. We need to understand the direction we’re moving and why.

Most people desire positions of leadership for good reasons. They really do want to make a difference. That’s commendable and honorable. However, far too often, leadership can degenerate into feeling more like having something to prove (your only as good as you last big deal) than having something to offer. I think that happens when we lose focus on God’s mission for us. When it becomes more about us than about Him. When it becomes more our desire to make things happen by taking them into our own hands vs. being available to serve His agenda. Yes, we end up building a kingdom, but more often than not, it’s our kingdom and not His.

The Apostle John captured it most succinctly when he penned, “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30). Translated into the everyday practical world we live in, it’s simple: I must remind myself all the time, “It’s not about me!”

So, how about it? Take the test. The next time you find yourself in a situation that requires you to step up and lead, ask yourself this question: Do you feel more like you have something to prove or something to offer ? Take the test, and let me know how you do.

And remember: if you’ve failed, just admit it (that’s confession). And then celebrate the reality that God has invited us to share in a far better vision than we could have ever imagined on our own. Now that could radically change your vision for your Easter Son-Rise Celebration!

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects more than the individual veteran. Join our roundtable discussion on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and discover how children of veterans and other family members also suffer from the affects of PTSD that vets bring home from the battlefront.

Upon returning home, many veterans discover that things aren’t exactly as they hoped they would be. Home is different. They are different. Normal is different. Join our roundtable discussion on PTSD and learn how to deal with the “new normal” that is common for military personnel when they return from the battlefront.

How does a spouse deal with a partner who struggles with PTSD? Join our roundtable discussion on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and learn from two military wives how to support a spouse who has recently returned from combat with PTSD.

How can churches meet the rising need of veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Join our roundtable discussion on PTSD and learn about ways the church can help in reaching out to veterans and their families.

In war, military personnel are trained to stuff their feelings of pain, fear, loss, and guilt in order to accomplish the mission at hand. Join our roundtable discussion on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and discover some of the healthy ways that vets can begin “unpacking” the internal baggage they carried home.

Job Loss – Part 2

Tim Jackson —  March 26, 2010 — Leave a comment

The current turbulent economic situation has catapulted many people and families into an unexpected season of unemployment.

How do you keep up your attitude and momentum when the job search process goes on longer than you thought it would?

Join our roundtable discussion with a pastor and career counselor, as they discuss the process of looking for a new job, the challenges that can set in after weeks and months of searching for a new position and the crucial role that the church can play in supporting and caring for people that are currently unemployed.

Have you recently experienced job loss? If not, chances are that you know someone who has.

Join our roundtable discussion on how to maneuver through a season of unemployment, and learn about the range of emotions that are a normal part of experiencing loss. Join us as we discuss the need for faith and maintaining a confident trust that God is still at work during the dark times of our lives.

How do people know if they have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Join our roundtable discussion on PTSD as we discuss common symptoms and the need to get help from a variety of resources.

What exactly is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Thousands of courageous men and women risk their lives in combat or in other dangerous professions. But few of us understand the private inner battle they bring home. Join our roundtable discussion with two veterans as we begin to talk about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its real-life effects on people, as well as its definitions and common symptoms.