Word of Encouragement

From The Mentor Leader, by Tony Dungy: Chapter 8: The seven E’s of enhancing potential.
Engage: be with those you lead. Spend time
Educate: Teach others how to achieve new levels of leadership
Equip: set goals and parameters and offer necessary resources for success
Encourage: Everyone needs a pat on the back and a celebration for success
Empower: turn people loose, not reliant on you
Energize: Inspire those you lead. Go farther than you thought you could
Elevate: Help make people better than you


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Word of Encouragement

From The Mentor Leader, by Tony Dungy: Chapter 7: Maximizing team performance.  “The culture you create permeates everything you touch.”  We do not often think of our family or our church as a team, but it might be healthy for us to do so.  What would happen in our family of the same child always got to decide where we were going to eat?  Or if the same child always won the battle?  Never got blamed?  In a very short time, the rest of the family would rebel, probably outwardly and often.  Yet many churches suffer the same disease, the same people always lead and seem to have their way.  Churches, families, teams need to create a culture where every person realizes their importance and value.  We do that by empowering and listening and being deliberate about sharing the load.  


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Word of Encouragement

The Mentor Leader, by Tony Dungy, chapter 6, Living the Message. “what we do is even more important than what we say.” And what is true of me as a leader or you as a spouse or parent is also true of the entire church, and this is magnified during tough times. If we say we love people but are not present for them in a tough time, they cannot help but wonder if we meant it. If we desire to teach our children about Godly living and fail to set the example by our behavior, then we fail our children. To tell someone it is important to be humble but always insist on your own way will result is selfish children and eventually a selfish society. If we want our children or our spouses or our church to be generous, then we ourselves need to be generous. Words are actually the least effective way to influence someone unless the words are attached to a life of integrity and humility. Almost everyone wants to know the same thing, “Are you interested in me?” And yet nearly every conversation we have we are thinking of something to say about ourselves while someone else is talking. We need to practice the art of valuing others. Practice listening, practice humility, practice honesty, practice helping others succeed, practice generosity, practice serving the less fortunate. When all we do is talk about these things, it leads to others thinking we are a fraud. Be genuine with people. Follow thru. Love them as you want to be loved.


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Word of Encouragement

Last week I shared from Tony Dungey’s book THE MENTOR LEADER the idea that leaders make an investment in other people. When we choose to get connected, to get involved, we always run the risk of getting in the mud with people. Our lives are so complicated and sometimes messed up. Most of the time people just keep their messes to themselves, at first out of shame and later just because they have no idea how someone else could possibly help them. Sunday is Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. The ultimate message of hope for lives wandering aimlessly. There will be three services on Easter at Wesley: 7 am on the front lawn, 9 and 11:15 in the sanctuary. At all three services, we will look at a tremendous promise God gives a desperate world, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11 Everyone needs hope. Every person you know. Every single person you meet. Easter we will all share a word of hope and prayerfully we will all make the word a little more beautiful.


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