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Secret #11: How Healthy Churches Respond To Sexual Abuse Allegations

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Few challenges are greater in a church than a leader accused of sexual abuse or sexual assault. Churches consistently rush to conclusions rather than take appropriate measures to protect everyone and pursue justice. This episode provides a step-by-step plan for turning intention into reality.

Jason Cook on Calling and Pastoring a Multi-Ethnic Church

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

  • The Gospel and Race. Issues of racism (personal or systemic) or building communities that cross the lines of race are not incidental to the gospel. They are not implications. They are at the heart of the good news of Jesus.
  • The Role of Women in the Development of Pastors. Anyone training for vocational ministry in seminary needs both men and women to help develop the competence and character necessary to pastor well.
  • The Hard Road to Becoming a Multiethnic Church. The road to diversity is littered with well-meaning majority culture churches who hire a single person of color on their staff as the solution to their problems. Becoming a more diverse church will require patience and persistence.

Consider the cost. It is one thing to see the good news of God’s people. It’s another thing to develop the conviction that people are equal, regardless of the color of their skin. But living and leading in that direction will not happen without a cost. Be wise and get ready. The road is bumpy and the climb is steep.

Yancey Arrington on Preaching That Moves People

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

  • Tribal Preaching. Our theology, philosophy, and methodology of preaching find common ground with others who share our convictions. Finding and actively engaging our tribe helps strengthen our resolve and clarify convictions. However…
  • No tribe has all the answers. Each tribe’s approach to preaching contains both wisdom and flaws. We need to learn broadly to shore up weaknesses and reduce our blind spots.
  • Preach to the heart. Preachers must be winsome, not only contending for truth but compelling their listeners to respond by preaching to their heart. 

Preaching the gospel of Jesus in every sermon from the biblical text is a hallmark of Christian preaching. And because this news is so good - almost too good to be true - each of us who preach should consistently refocus our efforts on the motivational structure of people's hearts.

Secret #9 - Make Your Kids A Bigger Priority Than Your Work

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We know you love your kids more than your work. But do they know that’s true? This episode will help you match how you feel with what they experience. 

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We’ve put together a handful of questions that you can use to create significant conversations with your son or daughter. If you’re stuck in a rut of asking the same couple of questions and experiencing diminishing returns in the answers of your kids, take a look at what we made for you.

Secret #8 - Lessons Learned From Dr. King

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Church leaders are notorious for closing themselves off to other leaders with different perspectives. Healthy leaders intentionally build relational bridges to learn and experience a world much bigger than themselves. 

Secret #7 - The Biggest Mistake Leaders Make

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

  • Leadership dies from self-inflicted wounds. Your unhealthy response to conflict and challenges creates a downward spiral of guilt and shame.
  • You need to cover your bases. The Five Factors framework helps you build the resilience, endurance, presence, hope and ambition you need to thrive as a leader.
  • New year, next step. The change you need will be achieved one step at a time. Clarify where you need to grow, simplify your plan and focus on the next right thing.

The Five Factors Framework is designed to take the guesswork out of what matters most. If you want to thrive as a leader, invest in these five areas of personal health.

Michael Wear on Church Politics and Hope in 2018

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

  • You can’t hide from politics. Social media and a 24/7 news cycle make political news and opinion impossible to avoid. In a hyper-partisan political culture, no wonder we are exhausted and cynical.
  • Your vote is not an expression of your identity. For Christians, we vote as an act of loving our neighbor. Rather than focusing on single issues, we vote for the candidate whose policies will be most conducive to a biblical vision of human flourishing.
  • Find moments of possibility in your community. Churches influence policy, not by a preoccupation with national and international affairs. Instead, we pay attention to what God is already doing around us and point people to the hope that God is not done yet. 

If you are politically active, this conversation will challenge long-held assumptions. And if you have avoided politics.

Secret #6: Why The Enneagram May (Or May Not) Be Right For You

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Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

  • How well do I know myself? The Enneagram is a self-diagnostic tool. Without a basic level of self-awareness, I leave myself open to blind spots in my choice of type.
  • How well do I handle complexity? While the Enneagram’s number system is simple to understand, it is a rather sophisticated tool. Some personality types thrive in exploration; others need results with fewer variables.
  • What do I hope to learn from the Enneagram? Because the Enneagram is multi-faceted, it is easy to find the answers you are looking for only to lose yourself as other avenues of exploration present themselves. 

If the Enneagram is clicking for you, then go with it. Just remember, wisdom comes from a multitude of counselors. The best personality system for you is the one that works for you.

Still have questions? Use this to find the right system for you.

The Enneagram may or may not be right for you. Not all systems are created equal, and no single system is right for everyone. To find out which system is best for you, here’s a simple diagnostic tool you can use to quit guessing and make a fully informed decision. 

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INTERVIEW - Jenni Catron on Leading Holistically and Women as Leaders

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Secret #3 - Healthy Leaders Finish The Year Well

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The holidays and the end of a year are unique seasons in the life of a leader. So much of our struggle as leaders stems from our failure to set an intention for our work, our family and our health. 

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