Friday, May 27, 2011

Winning Word for the Week

Wednesday at service I shared with everyone the need to journal.   Some may think this is not a necessity.  I must admit it has never been a priority of mine either.  However, as I grow spiritually in the Lord and naturally grow older I find myself desiring to chronicle what God is doing in my life and the life of those around me.  For me there is a correlation or parallel to the ancient times of leaving landmarks for those that will come after to point there way through the empty places of their lives.  My goal in advancing the Kingdom is not just to make it to heaven for myself, but to take as many with me as possible.  That can happen right now, and even after I am gone through the generational process.  You may be asking yourself "how is there a correlation between journaling, landmarks and generations?"  For me, I have discovered the more I document what God is doing through me and around me -- The more I actually realize (see) Him do.  So, as I see God moving and train those that I have reproduced myself in spiritually to also document His mighty works it allows for encouragement and it helps them build their faith muscles to believe for bigger things.  This is the same process used in ancient times when the children of Israel would leave landmarks and altars at certain places along their journeys.  Don't miss out on what God is doing.  Start noting the small things so that you can be found faithful to handle the BIG things.

Monday, May 16, 2011

A New Dynamic -- Leading Leaders

The Life of the Winners Church is in the process of evolving.  As the pastor I have been seeing the subtleties of change for several months now.  This is something that is always a matter of prayer and part of what God has called Shelisa and me to do -- Lead leaders.  The "new" part of that dynamic is were actually leading leaders now.
I opened up the website this morning with a level of excitement to share what God is doing -- only to see -- He is doing it all over.  We are not the only corporate body God is moving through.  That in itself is an encouragement, but someone beat me to the punch.  So I am going to share a blog written by a fellow pastor Matt Keller out of the Fort Myers area.

From Leading Followers to Leading Leaders
An important shift that takes place along the leadership journey is the move from

Leading Followers to Leading Leaders.

In the early stages of a new company, organization or church the emphasis is on leading followers. Just getting people to show up, fill a slot and be present is success.

However, as an organization grows, so must a leader's emphasis and priority shift from a "Whosoever Will" mentality to a "We need you exactly to..." mentality.

Here are a few things I've learned about making this all important mindset shift as a leader:

1.  Start seeing the Organization differently.

     In order for you to change your perspective from leading followers to leading leaders, you have to begin to see the organization you're leading from a different perspective. It's a little like parenting. At every phase of parenting I have this moment where I look at my child and think, "Wow, when did they get so big?!?"

     And the same thing is true of our organizations. There comes a moment where we have to step back and see that the organization we're leading is bigger now. And bigger is not better or worse, it's just different. A bigger child requires different things from their parent. And a bigger organization requires different things from it's leader.

2.  Start seeing People differently.

     As an organization grows, a leader must change their perspective on the people who fill the leadership seats. Good hearted, well-intentioned people only go so far when it comes to leading at a higher level. If someone is good hearted and insufficiently skilled, they'll hold an organization back.

     As a leader, its your job to keep your eyes open for those people in your organization who have the skills and potential to lead at a higher level.

     It will also be necessary to move good-hearted, well-intentioned people who lack the skills and capacity to lead at a higher level into new seats on the bus that better fit their skill set. I believe this is one of the most difficult decisions a leader must make. But it's also one of the most important to the long-term health of the organization.

3.  Start seeing Yourself differently.

     As an organization grows, a leader must begin to see themselves differently as well. With more at stake, a leader must know and understand the role they're required to play and be willing to face their own insecurities and fears for the sake of the good of the organization.

     Leading at a higher level requires boldness, confidence and clarity that leading a smaller organization does not. The leader who is unwilling to see themselves through a new lens will struggle to lead well as the organization grows.

At the end of the day, developing the ability to lead leaders not just followers will set up our organizations for success long-term, and it all has to do with changing the way we see.

Just a Leadership Thought...

Matt Keller

Friday, May 6, 2011


Growing up as a PK (Preacher's Kid) I had to always share my mother with everyone else at the church.  Don't get me wrong Mom was always there, and took amazing care of all four of us kids and Dad too.  But, she made herself available to minister to those in need and those who were just needy.  Looking back I so wouldn't change the process of my growing up.  It has made me the man I am today.  For that I have my mom Rebecka Hull to thank, and also my dad who is the greatest, but it is mother's day.
Now as a dad, a pastor, a business owner, a computer hacker and everything else that makes up my 24 hours -- I don't get to see my mom very often.  Sundays (Mother's Days) come and go and I don't get to see mom on her special day.  She is still a pastor's wife at her church, and I am still sharing.
This process though has made me the father and pastor I am today.  I have been given the opportunity to share my life and parent numerous spiritual children because I watched my mom & dad share their lives with countless people over their 40 years of ministry.
This process has also allowed me to have several other great women in my life that shared their lives and families with me throughout my growing.
Kay Miller - The Greatest Aunt Ever!
Sharon Graves - Justin & Stephanie thanks for sharing your mom while I was in college
Kathy Miller - A spiritual mom like no other...So miss hanging out with you PK
Peggy Willis - not a Mother-in-Law but a Mother-in-LOVE -- You're the Best
and of course my wife -- Shelisa Hull -- I love you so much and I am so glad to be a part of your life.

God will return to you multiple times over what you give to Him.  In ministry you give up (share) certain things -- holidays, easy Sunday mornings and sometimes family.  But He is so faithful to always make sure He gives you back more than what you gave Him.  My wife and I both are so blessed with an awesome church family that loves us. Along with numerous people in our lives that are stand-ins for the family that we grew up sharing, and even today share with the world.

Happy Mother's Day

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Winning Word for the Day

"If you can see the invisible, you can do the impossible."

This is a quote from one of my spiritual daughters -- Valencia Johnson