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Scott Magdalein on A Better Way To Train Leaders

Big Ideas:

  • The best time to train volunteers is when they get started. Help volunteer leaders take their first step when they excited about the work and eager to learn. Take time to clarify their role, share the values of the team, and set expectations for their first work day.

  • The best way to share information is through online training. Time is a precious commodity that most people don’t want to invest for the sake of sharing information. Plus, many of our volunteer leaders need time to listen and process information before they’re ready to ask good questions or engage in conversation.

  • Trained Up makes it easy to get started training your volunteers. You don’t have to have volunteer training already figured out. Trained Up comes pre-loaded with over 600 videos inside multiple courses to help you.

Pastor Duke Kwon on Small Steps Towards Cross-Cultural Community

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

We live in the tension between God’s ‘already’ and ‘not yet.’ One day, the Church will live forever with God in the beauty of diversity. And while that day is not today, you and I can pray and dream and take small steps towards God’s preferred future.

Secret #12: Should Men Who Are Church Leaders Learn From Women?

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

  • Our heroes have feet of clay. With gratitude and respect for the work and legacy of John Piper, his conviction that female professors should not teach in seminary is both extra-biblical and unhelpful. 
  • Men are underdeveloped without the help and wisdom of women. Issues get ignored. Perspectives go unchallenged. And roles and relationships in a local church don’t thrive.
  • Learning from women is easier than you think. Take the initiative to listen to the women already around you. Learn from women you agree with. Learn from women you disagree with. 

As we ride a wave of gender equality (#metoo), Christian leaders should be at the forefront based on the ontological equality of men and women. But history tells us that men do not intentionally listen and learn from women leaders without a push in the right direction. Consider this your nudge.

Secret #10 - A Simple Way to Lose Fat and Live Longer

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

From our perspective, the biggest hang up to walking is the perception that it’s not strenuous enough. Leaders are notorious for believing that the only way to achieve good results is to take the hardest path. Let me modify it for you - the best path is the smartest path, not necessarily that which is most treacherous. When it comes to walking, simple, slow and steady wins the race. 

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

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

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

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

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.

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