EX-SQUEEZE YOURSELF: You need MARGIN between your PACE and your LIMITS because you stop enjoying life without breathing room. ~ Andy Stanley

You cannot be "efficient" with people, only with things. RELATIONSHIPS demand your empathy& energy; they resist all attempts at efficiency.

TIME OF MY LIFE (by Henry Twells): When as a child I laughed & wept, time CREPT. When as a youth I waxed more bold, time STROLLED. >

< When I became a full-grown man, time RAN. When older still I daily grew, time FLEW. Soon I shall find, in passing on, time GONE.

EXCELLENCE: So many people are afraid of not getting the credit they deserve. But here's the thing: Excellence cannot be hidden. ~T.D. Jakes

Leadership isn't a GOAL, but a ROLE. Pursue wisdom & character, not leadership. Wisdom is knowing WHEN to lead, character is knowing HOW. >

< The "leader" role changes hands depending on context. Don't grow b/c you want to be "leader," but so U won't mess it up when U get there!

LAW OF THE LID: Human history gives lengthy endorsement to the fact that no generation can rise above the level of its leadership. ~ Damazio

"Your ATTITUDE, not your APTITUDE, will determine your ALTITUDE." ~ Motivational speaker Hilary Hinton (Zig) Ziglar who died today in Dallas

"FEAR has two meanings: Forget Everything And Run OR Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours!" ~ Hilary Hinton (Zig) Ziglar, 1926-2012

PRIORITY: "The chief cause of failure & unhappiness is trading what you want MOST for what you want right NOW." ~ Hilary Hinton (Zig) Ziglar

What you GET by achieving your goals is not as important as what you BECOME by achieving your goals. ~ Hilary Hinton (Zig) Ziglar, 1926-2012

GREATNESS: "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great." ~ Hilary Hinton (Zig) Ziglar / RIP

"Young Pastors: 7 Women To Watch Out For" ~ Joe McKeever // Great article - very important principles for young men! //

"Oh, about this hugging business. Stop it, pastor. Hug anyone under 6 and over 66. Other than that, keep your hands to yourself." ~ McKeever

Much material on spiritual growth begins w/ PRACTICES, but if asked what most shaped them, people typically respond w/ the name of a PERSON.

Control isn't leadership; management isn't leadership; LEADERSHIP is leadership. If U lead, invest 50% of your time leading YOURSELF. ~ Hock

In the absence of strategy, every idea is of equal value. ~ Mark Miller // Leaders must answer the question: 'Where are we going?' ~ Lathrop

"Ten Lessons Churches Should Learn From The Apple Store" by Steve Gladen (LINK: // Great article, applicable insights.

The 5 Steps of Service at A-P-P-L-E ... A) Approach with a customized, warm greeting. P) Probe politely to understand the customer's needs. >

P) Present solution customer can take home today. L) Listen 4 & address unresolved questions. E) End w/ fond farewell & invitation 2 return.

3 Pillars of ENCHANTMENT are likability, trustworthiness & quality. I've never left an Apple store w/o being enchanted. ~ Gladen // CHURCH?!

The SEVEN UNCOMFORTABLE QUESTIONS FOR LEADERS in chapter 14 are worth the price of the book "Deep & Wide" by @AndyStanley // A MUST READ! >

(1) Do we have a transferable mission or vision statement? (2) What have we fallen in love with that's not as effective as it used to be? >

(3) Where are we manufacturing energy? (4) What changes would a new outside group of visionary leaders introduce? (5) What do we measure? >

(6) What do we celebrate? (7) If our church suddenly ceased to exist, would our community miss us? // Leaders must ask the hard questions!

"Any system will unconsciously conspire to maintain the status quo and prevent change." ~ J. Kouzes& B. Posner, in The Leadership Challenge

The catalyst 4 introducing & facilitating change in the local church is a God-honoring, mouthwatering, unambiguously clear vision. ~ Stanley

5 TRAITS OF WEAK LEADERS: 1) Hesitate to take definitive action. 2) Complain about a lack of resources. 3) Refuse to take responsibility. >

< 4) Abuse the privileges of leadership. 5) Engage in acts of insubordination. // Michael Hyatt (, on "Team of Rivals"

"One of the best questions you can ask when something negative happens is this: 'What does this experience make possible?'" ~ Michael Hyatt

When people know you want something FOR them, not something FROM them, they're less likely to be offended when you challenge them. ~ Stanley

"80% of your problems are not PEOPLE problems ... they are SYSTEM problems, because systems create the behaviors of people." ~ Andy Stanley

5 Components of a SYSTEM: (1) Expectations, (2) Rewards, (3) Consequences, (4) Communication, (5) Behaviors. // And all must be consistent!

"If a leader casts new VISION and never addresses old SYSTEMS, nothing changes. New vision needs new systems in order to survive." ~ Stanley

"Your mission statement hangs on your wall. Your systems are happening down the HALL, regardless of what is hanging on the WALL." ~ Stanley

"GOOD SYSTEMS let you make complex decisions with the smallest possible group of empowered people. Large committees create chaos." ~ Stanley

HOW'S THE WEATHER? When people see U coming they know what 2 forecast! What's it like 2 be on the other side of you? ~ J. Henderson // Ouch!

When Steve Ballmer became Microsoft CEO, shares at $60. Now $30. When Steve Jobs rejoined Apple, shares at $4. Now $600. Leadership matters!

The Checkbook Theory: People are like a checking account. You have to make deposits before you make withdrawals. ~ Peter Haas / Pharisectomy

"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." ~ Michelangelo

"If you want to build a ship, don't gather people to collect wood; teach them to long for the immensity of the sea." ~ Antoine de St-Exupery

The FIRST question for leaders is always "Who do we intend to BE?" Not "What are we going to DO?" but "Who do we intend to BE?" ~ Max DePree

"VICTORY at all costs, in spite of all terror, however long and hard the road may be." ~ Churchill's first speech as Prime Minister 05/13/40

John Maxwell says his illustrations must fit in 1 of 4 categories: HUMOR - laughing, HEART - captivating, HOPE - inspiring, HELP - assisting

At 8578 words, William Henry Harrison's inaugural address was the longest ever. He read it on a cold day, and refused to wear hat or coat. >

< The cold he caught turned 2 pneumonia; he died a month later. Speakers, learn from history: dress appropriately & keep it short! ~ Maxwell

The Subordinate's Lament: "We the uninformed, working for the inaccessible, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful!" ~ Author Jim Lundy

COMMUNICATION comes from the Latin word COMMUNIS, meaning "common." Before we can communicate effectively, we must establish COMMON GROUND.

FALSE HUMILITY plays down one's strengths 2 get praise; ARROGANCE plays up one's strengths 2 get praise; HUMILITY raises others 2 get praise

"When I reason with a man, I spend 1/3 of my time thinking about what I will say and 2/3 thinking about what he will say." ~ Abraham Lincoln

COMMUNICATION: WHAT WE SAY = 7% of what is believed; HOW WE SAY IT = 38% of what is believed; WHAT OTHERS PERCEIVE = 55% of what is believed

"Aim for the top, but know that the more people you take with you, the faster you'll get there and the longer you'll stay." ~ James A. Autry

"You're the same today as you will be 5 years from now, except for the people you meet and the books you read." ~ Charlie 'Tremendous' Jones

Leadership Succession Principles I Live By: (1) There is no success without a successor. (2) My # 1 job is to reproduce & replace myself. >

< (3) The church is not my kingdom and I am a servant, not a king. (4) If I always make room for others, God will always make room for me. >

< (5) I will pass the baton while I'm still able to cheer. (6) If I sow, my successor will reap. (7) He must increase, but I must decrease.

"There are 3 constants in life - change, choice & principles." ~ Author Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People), who died today.

TIMELESS PRINCIPLE: The best time management video I've ever seen, from author Stephen Covey who died earlier today. //

The key isn't to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. ~ Covey

"START WITH THE END IN MIND. We are free to choose our actions ... but not free to choose the consequences of these actions.” ~ Stephen Covey

Bad company corrupts good character (1 Co 15:33): "You won't be what you decide to be; you will be what you decide to be around." ~ J. Hyles

One rabbi suggests that there are four things we want to say to the dead: I'm sorry. Thank you. I forgive you. I love you. // Say them NOW.

"Emails and texts get deleted, but letters and notes get stored in a drawer. You can touch them; they can touch you. They are personal." >

< "I have never received a personal letter. I miss those days even though I wasn't alive." ~ Luis, teen quoted in "Alone Together" (Turkle)

"POTENTIAL is found in what lies ahead of us, not in what lies behind. Past trophies are empty of potential." ~ W. Cordeiro // Phil. 3:13-14

"In many situations, the only difference between what we see as an ORDEAL and what we see as an OPPORTUNITY is our ATTITUDE." ~ W. Cordeiro

SIX QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU PREACH: (1) Am I more concerned about what people think of my ministry, or what God thinks of my ministry? >

< (2) Do I genuinely love people, or am I more focused on the crowd? (3) Am I speaking what people want to hear, or what God wants to say? >

< (4) Am I depending on the Holy Spirit's power, or on my own cleverness? (5) Am I applying these teachings of Scripture to my own life? >

< (6) Will the way I am communicating draw more attention to me or to God? (Chan) / Asking good questions will reveal your ministry motives!

APT TO TEACH: "It takes a long time to learn how to TEACH and even longer to learn how to LEARN." ~ Wayne Cordeiro, in "Sifted" // Big AMEN!

JOURNALING is one of the most overlooked & under-appreciated spiritual disciplines. It is the difference between learning & remembering. ~MB

"In my high school, we were way better at having pep rallies than we were at actually playing football ... sounds like the church!" ~ @HMDIR

PREACHING PREP: "Great speaking comes from the overflow of preparation. Before you can move others, you must first be moved." ~ David Foster

LEADERS: won't be fulfilled by performing tasks - don't follow doers - don't want to be micromanaged - won't commit to ambiguity (T. Morgan)

Cutting-Edge Organizations value ... mission over methods, people over programs, innovative breakthroughs over incremental improvements, >

< risk over safety, superteams over superstars, empowerment over control, action over analysis ... (Tony Morgan, in "Killing Cockroaches")

ACTIVITY: Are we helping people to grow spiritually, or just ... Adding to an already overwhelming pace? Increasing demand on volunteers? >

< Encouraging people to rely on programming rather than equipping them? Adding burdens to people's lives? Communicating that busy is better?

My generation added "multitask" to the dictionary. But to lead well, I need to know less & less about more & more. ~ Batterson / ME TOO! :-)

LEADERSHIP MISTAKES: (1) Hiring too fast & firing too slow; (2) Fixing problems instead of processes; (3) Putting projects before people; >

< (4) Delegating tasks instead of responsibility; (5) Assuming it's always black & white; (6) Not following my gut (spiritual discerning); >

< (7) Dwelling on worst-case scenario; (8) Waiting until there's a problem to give feedback (withholding encouragement); (9) Staying busy; >

< (10) Spending too much time on the details rather than the dreams. / Tony Morgan, in "Killing Cockroaches" / Thought-provoking list! ~ RW

Leaders are much more valuable when they have ALTITUDE in their thinking. Don't live in the details and miss the bigger picture. ~ Groeschel

TONY MORGAN (in "Killing Cockroaches") ... My responsibility is to move beyond just reacting to what's urgent. This includes things like: >

< (1) Blocking time out in my schedule (plan the big picture). (2) Empowering other competent leaders (delegate authority not just tasks). >

< (3) Identifying my strengths (find others to manage around my weaknesses). (4) Hiring an assistant (not secretary, but project manager). >

< (5) Surrounding myself with problem-solvers (not with problem-messengers). / Where does YOUR time go, moving forward or putting out fires?

"We learned long ago that to try to make everyone happy, you have to be comfortable with mediocrity." ~ Tony Morgan in "Killing Cockroaches"

"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy & character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." ~ Norman Schwarzkopf

CONSENSUS OR COURAGE? "The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground." ~ W. Churchill

Keys 2 developing sustainable ministry habits: (1) Realize that the work will never be finished; (2) Realize that you are not the Messiah; >

< (3) Get over self-imposed guilt; (4) Filter others' expectations. Jesus' example is that He ministered, then rested. ~ Cordeiro ("Sifted")

A GOOD LEADER: Of a good leader who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, 'We did it ourselves.' ~ Lao Tse

Big jobs usually go 2 men who prove their ability 2 outgrow small ones. ~ Emerson / The only real training 4 leadership is leadership. ~ Jay

The best leader has sense 2 pick good men 2 do what he wants done & self-restraint 2 keep from meddling w/them while they do it. ~ Roosevelt

CRITICS: "Seldom are your critics actually disappointed with you. They are usually disappointed with themselves, their lives, or with God. >

< You are simply a convenient target. Wise leaders don't cater to every demand if that isn't the best option." ~ Wayne Cordeiro, in "Sifted"

PACING: "Don't let the amount of work God is doing THROUGH you outpace the amount of work He is doing IN you." ~ Wayne Cordeiro, in "Sifted"

"When struggles linger, leaders tend to weaken. It's not always the DEPTH of the pain. It's the LENGTH of it." ~ Wayne Cordeiro, in "Sifted"

"Faith is living in ADVANCE what you will only understand in REVERSE." ~ Cordeiro / Faith is stepping out on NOTHING & landing on SOMETHING.

U R UNIQUE! "One of the most common traps of church leadership is when we stop INCARNATING& start IMITATING." ~ Wayne Cordeiro, in "Sifted"

"The 2 greatest days in your life are the day you were born & the day you discovered what you were born for." ~ Wayne Cordeiro, in "Sifted"

"God will not hold us accountable for how much we have done, but for how much of what He has asked us to do that we have done." ~ Cordeiro

"When you become a leader, you can never again get angry in public." ~ Wayne Cordeiro / "Leaders lose the right to retaliate." ~ @jackleaman

Pastors are a paradox of personality: sensitive but not easily offended, empathetic but not weak, flexible yet filled with convictions. ~ WC

Unwarranted Pastoral Expectations: (1) STATED - I want you to do this; (2) UNSTATED - You should have known that I wanted you to do this; >

< (3) CRISIS - I need you to do this for me now; (4) CRITICISM - You failed to meet my expectation. Common theme? DISAPPOINTMENT. ~ Cordeiro

"Steve Jobs witnessed what happened at Disney when Walt passed away. People would go to meetings and talk about what Walt would have done. >

< And he looked at me with those intense eyes and told me to never ask what he would do - just do what's right." ~ Apple CEO Tim Cook at D10

The old adage states, “Speed of the Leader = Speed of the Team.” I agree, but I have also learned that “fast” isn’t always the right speed.

"People will forget what you said, and people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~ Maya Angelou

When you're INTERESTED, you do something only when it's convenient. When you're COMMITTED, you accept no excuses, only results. ~ Blanchard

"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher." ~ Japanese Proverb / "Everyone needs a coach." ~ A. Robbins

The world is divided into those who do things & those who get credit. Try 2 belong 2 the first class; there's far less competition. ~ Morrow

LEADERSHIP: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are a leader." ~ John Quincy Adams

MONEY never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more he has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one. ~ Ben Franklin

"We are normally blind about our own blindness. We're generally overconfident in our opinions, impressions and judgments." ~ Daniel Kahneman

TOP 5 REGRETS O/T DYING (Leadership): (1) I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. >

< (2) I wish I hadn't worked so hard (every male patient expressed this regret). (3) I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings. >

< (4) I wish I'd stayed in touch with my friends. (5) I wish I'd let myself be happier. (by Australian palliative care nurse Bonnie Ware)

GROWTH: "My tailor takes measurements each time he sees me. The rest keep old measurements and expect me to fit them." ~ George Bernard Shaw

"When written in Chinese, the word CRISIS is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity." ~ JFK

"I don't subscribe to the thesis 'Let the buyer beware.' I prefer the disregarded one that goes 'Let the seller be honest.'" ~ Isaac Asimov

"I have missed 9000 shots in my career, and lost 300 games. I have failed over and over again ... and that is why I succeed." ~ Michael Jordan

Watch nature deal with adversity, continually renewing itself, and learn! ~ Siegel // It is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Churchill

Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees. ~ JW Marriott // PAIN is temporary; QUITTING is forever.

POWER: "I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be." ~ Thomas Jefferson

No one has occasion to complain of want of time who never loses any. It's wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. ~ Jefferson

Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do. Don't ask who you are. Act! Action will delineate & define you. ~ Jefferson

POLITICS: When people choose their words & actions based on how they want others to react, rather than what they really think. ~ P. Lencioni

If you seek 2 lead, invest at least 50% of your time leading yourself - your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. ~ D. Hock

"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant." ~ Max DePree

FORESIGHT: "One of the critical tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency." ~ Arnold Glasow

Senior Pastors must be: (1) Voice of the Vision, (2) Leader of the Leaders, (3) Feeder of the Flock. ~ @clloydmitchell Leadership Summit '12

"Systems without purpose will keep people BUSY. Purpose without systems will keep people GUESSING." ~ @clloydmitchell Leadership Summit 2012

You speak 16,000 words/day; enough to fill a 300-page book each week; enough to fill a library In a lifetime. How many of your words matter?

ETHICS: The difference between what U have a right 2 do & what IS right 2 do. (Stewart) Relativity applies 2 physics, not ethics. (Einstein)

An ethical man does more than he's required 2 do & less than he's allowed 2 do // U R born w/ intelligence, but not w/ ethics ~ Massad Ayoob

The simplest and shortest ethical precept is to be served as little as possible ... and to serve others as much as possible. ~ Count Tolstoy

Things that destroy us: pleasure without conscience, wealth without work, knowledge without character, & worship without sacrifice. ~ Gandhi

EASY, OR RIGHT? "There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is right." ~ R. Reagan

PERSPECTIVE: A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~ Winston Churchill

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see." "History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it." ~ WC

Let us brace ourselves to our duties, so that if the Empire lasts 1000 years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour!” ~ Churchill

What is our aim? Victory - at all costs, in spite of terror, however long hard the road may be, for w/o victory there is no survival. ~ WC

I am not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod. I am easily satisfied with the very best. ~ W. Churchill

HONOR OUR HERITAGE: "If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future." ~ Winston Churchill

COURAGE. Fr. Old French "corage" meaning "heart" or "innermost feelings." To act in accordance w/ one's beliefs, esp. in spite of criticism.

4 leadership decisions that require COURAGE: (1) To stay when it would be easier to leave, (2) To leave when it would be easier to stay, >

< (3) To ask for help when it's easier to pretend everything's okay, (4) To submit when it's easier to manipulate the system. ~ Andy Stanley

We're so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up. ~ J. Dobson

“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” ~ Thomas J. Watson, IBM CEO

"Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way. Thus, quality is not merely an act, it is a habit." ~ Aristotle

"What we call greatness, generally speaking, is simply an unusual quantity of a usual quality grafted upon a common man." ~ William A. White

QUANTITY SMOTHERS QUALITY. (Henderson) // Better 2 do a few indispensable things w/excellence than many inconsequential things w/mediocrity.

Every day we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. Encouragement is awesome; it can change the course of every life. ~ Swindoll

"@Evggodwin: When someone's trying to change, the worst thing to do is keep bringing up the past" / Elder brother spirit: "these many years"

@Evggodwin Just said that in counseling this week - you can't change the present (or the future) if you keep bringing up the past!


You can't lead where you've never been. You can't impart if you don't possess. You can't preach w/ power if you don't practice w/ integrity.


A preacher who prays little might see some results from his labors, but if he does it will be because someone, somewhere is praying for him.


@WDFMD: Don't put events in the 2012 church calendar just because you did it in 2011." // "When the horse is dead, dismount." ~ Rick Warren


Men find easier ways to feel good & leave churches that only make them feel good. A "relevant" church sows the seeds of its own irrelevance.


BE STILL AND NO! "Say no to 1 hour meetings that can happen in 10 minutes by phone. Practice being free but not available." ~ Brian Kaufman


"We are the most connected yet least engaged generation in history" ~ from 'Tis the Season (for me) to Give Up Facebook…


Q: Who is your worship leader? A: The PASTOR is always "leading worship." It's unbiblical nonsense to sit in a coma until you get to preach!


"I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it." ~ Harry S Truman


Advice not REQUESTED is seldom RECEIVED. ~ @edwinjudd // Don't give advice that you would not think of following yourself. ~ Adlai Stevenson


"I'm glad I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have missed some of my most valuable mistakes." ~ E. Millay


APPRENTICING: Don't forget your MEDs! Model (what I do). Explain (why I do it). Demonstrate (how I do it). ~ Andy Stanley leadership podcast

"Someday your organization will work w/o you. Make it your goal 2 live 2 see it work w/o you! That's ultimate success 4 a leader." ~ Stanley

SUCCESSION: "Jesus started His search for someone to succeed Him the first WEEK of His earthly ministry!" ~ Andy Stanley on "Apprenticing"

The "I'm Not An Expert" excuse is deadly. Leaders are lifetime learners. If U wait until U know everything to share anything, U never start!

APPRENTICING: "I'm not responsible to FILL the cup of those I'm mentoring, just responsible to POUR INTO their cup." ~ Andy Stanley podcast


VISION: It's not my nature to consider if a glass is half full or half empty. I'm thinking about how to create a better glass. (Rick Warren)


@myronTpowell: "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Brault” // Profound!


IRONIC: "Isn't it funny how we say we want to be used by God, but then we get an attitude when we feel we are being 'used'?" ~ Doug Davis Jr


"Grateful people feel more alert, alive, interested, enthusiastic, and more connected to others. Gratitude also serves as a stress buffer, >

< because grateful people are less likely to experience envy, anger, resentment, regret and other unpleasant states that produce stress." >

< ~ Robert Emmons, psychology professor at University of California, author of two books on the science of gratitude //…


PREACHERS! "The pulpit is not to be used to experiment in doctrine. Doctrine should already be settled before it ever reaches the pulpit. >

< The sanctuary should not be used as a personal theological laboratory, or the people of God as white mice." ~ C. Matthew McMahon // AMEN!


Your leadership potential is directly proportional to your prayer capacity. When you pray about it all things are possible. ~ Mark Batterson


ARTICLE: Rick Warren's Surprising Advice to Pentecostal Churches… // "Don't lose your Pentecostal distinctive." ~ Warren


@clloydmitchell: @BishopBronner: A procrastinator is a person who won't take NOW for an answer!” / I like that quote, probably too much :-)


Warning to All Procrastinators: "Lack of preparation and planning on your part does not constitute crisis and consternation on my part." :-)


Whenever our conscience bothered us, we simply ran off to another meeting to make arrangements for succeeding meetings to flee to. ~ Shafer

"Make him a minister of the Word! Fling him into his office, tear the office sign from the door and nail on the sign: STUDY." ~ Floyd Shafer

< Let him come out only when he is bruised and beaten into being a blessing. Make him spend and be spent for the glory of God." ~ F. Shafer

"Throw him into the ring to box with God till he learns how short his arms are: engage him to wrestle with God all the night through. >

Previous 4 tweets from Floyd Doud Shafer, "And Preach As You Go!" in Christianity Today, March 27, 1961 // CONVICTING!…


@larrystockstill: 2 women, 1 baby. Solomon: "Divide him!" Real mother: "NO!" A true pastor would never divide a church to start his own.”


Unhealthy organizational traits: (1) "drama," (2) inward focus, (3) sideways energy, (4) "silo" departments, (5) slow to change. ~ A.Stanley


"There's an old saying: We tend to compare our INSIDES with other people's OUTSIDES. Nowhere is this truer than in ministry." ~ John Ortberg


Moral Collapse: "These riots were not about race, or government cuts, or poverty. No, this was about behavior, people showing indifference >

< to right & wrong; people with a twisted moral code; people with a complete absence of self-restraint. We've been unwilling for too long >

< 2 talk about what's right & wrong. We've avoided saying what needs 2 be said about everything from marriage 2 welfare 2 common courtesy. >

< What these riots have shown is that this moral neutrality, this relativism - it's not going to cut it anymore." ~ British PM David Cameron


Psychologist Philip Zimbardo: Drug addiction is 'wanting more.' Men today have 'arousal addiction,' always 'wanting something different.' >

< This never-ending stream of stimulation is behind the growing failure of males to connect with women socially or succeed academically. >

< Excessive internet use, gaming, online porn are the cause of this new addiction. By 21 boys spend 10,000 hours gaming, 2/3 in isolation. >

< Average young man watches 50 porn clips/week. His brain is digitally rewired for constant arousal; he is out of sync with relationships, >

< which build gradually and subtly. This is creating a generation of men who lack social skills, especially with women.…


20 years ago today I began the discipline of JOURNALING, writing at least 500 words every single day. Truly 1 of my best ministry decisions!

Rick Warren said, "Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through the lips or the fingertips." That's what journaling does for me.

@1969dbm Other than obvious essentials (like prayer), I would say the INPUT of Reading, Studying, and Listening (sermons, conversations) >

@1969dbm < and the OUTPUT of Journaling, Mentoring, and Teaching have helped me to understand myself, others, ministry & the Word the most.

@ryanaoneil @arneault Guys - My journal is basically a "diary" about situations & people I deal with, experiences & thoughts I have, etc. >

@ryanaoneil @arneault < It's not typically a reading/sermon journal - I keep those thoughts elsewhere. It's personal, private & practical. >

@ryanaoneil @arneault < But the great thing about journaling is that it records a JOURNEY - it's amazing what you learn by looking "back." >

@ryanaoneil @arneault < It tracks church & personal progress, serves as my memory :-) & keeps me focused on a DAILY basis. That's its value.

@darinsargent I'm a digital guy, simply because my computer is always with me, and because that allows me to search and find stuff easily. >

@darinsargent < But really, whatever works for an individual Bro. I just think journaling is so valuable it's worth doing in ANY format! :-)

@ryanaoneil EVERYTHING that I learn by reading, studying, surfing, talking, listening, praying, etc. I record as a NOTE in my email program.

@ryanaoneil (con't) That lets me search for it easily, add to it, combine with other thoughts, and refine until I feel it is "READY" to use.

@ryanaoneil (con't) BIG benefit is I've got 25+ years of sermon & illustration ideas at my "electronic fingertips." That system works 4 me.

@ryanaoneil (con't) With iPad and iPhone being able to SYNC with my computer it's a LOT easier to do all of the above. Love that technology!


The Peril of Preaching: "It is easier to declaim like an orator against a thousand sins in others than to mortify one sin in ourselves; >

< to be more industrious in our pulpits than in our closets; to preach twenty sermons to our people than one to our own hearts." ~ J.Flavel


Reputations are not always accurate. Yet in the long run the inner man shows often enough that our reputation roughly matches our character.


"What we need most are not seeker-sensitive SERVICES, but seeker-sensitive LIVES." ~ Mark Dever & Paul Alexander, "The Deliberate Church"


Relevance isn't a dirty word; culture must shape presentation. But a gospel that doesn't change the hearer is no gospel at all. @tylerwalea


MENTORING: We need to mentor younger people in ministry. But let’s be honest. They might not be beating down the door to sit at your feet. >

< They might not look to you with adoring eyes, amazed by your knowledge. You might not be a “cool” older person. Don’t let that stop you. >

< If you’re motivated by the Gospel, your ego won't need to be stroked. Remember, it’s not about you or even about them. It’s about Jesus. >

< Whether or not you feel wanted, needed, or in demand, you can still CHOOSE TO SERVE the next generation of ministers. (from Joshua Harris)


From @TFTenney: "Before you start to talk about CHANGE you need to settle two things: (1) What WON'T change, and (2) what won't change YOU!"


SERVANTHOOD does not nullify leadership; it defines it. Jesus is both the Lion of Judah and the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.


"If a leader is not willing to rise early and work late, he will not change a generation. Fatigue is the price of leadership." ~ O. Sanders


A man is known by the company he keeps & reflected in the books he reads. A leader’s reading is the outward expression of inner aspirations.


Leaders should listen often & long, & talk short & seldom. Many leaders are too "busy" to listen, but time spent listening is well invested.


The higher we find ourselves in terms of power and influence (others "look up" to us), the more vulnerable we are to pride & self-deceit, >

< and the more prone we are to be blind to our spiritual deficiencies. In a position of influence, we have our "reputation" to maintain. >

< In leaders, the subtle encroachment of pride is more dangerous & more likely to render us useless to God than any other failure. ~ DeMoss


A true leader likely has no desire to lead, but is pushed into leadership inwardly by the Holy Spirit and outwardly by the need of the hour


In Scripture virtually everything that qualifies a person for leadership is related to CHARACTER. Integrity alone defines a biblical leader.


MEDIA is an instrument of death to meaningful conversation in most families. Days pass without the skimpiest morsel of good conversation. >

< I weep for the loss. A media mudslide has pushed our families into a cold ravine. The home has become an electronic desert. ~ Jim Elliff


POPULARITY has slain more prophets than PERSECUTION. Satan lets a preacher prepare sermons if it keeps him from preparing himself. ~ Havner


A man's LIFE is more forcible than his SPEECH. When men take stock of him they reckon his deeds as dollars & his words as pennies. ~Spurgeon


Preachers ought to put more fire in their sermons or more sermons in the fire. / A sermon does a man most good when it makes him most angry.


THE SEVEN DEADLY SIPHONS: Reasons We Lose Enthusiasm (by Gordon MacDonald) … Loss of spiritual passion seems to be the inevitable result of:

1. WORDS WITHOUT ACTION. We are tempted to think that saying something actualizes it because it brings a momentary feeling of spirituality.

2. BUSYNESS WITHOUT PURPOSE. If our choices in time usage are not disciplined by purpose, our energies become like a lazy, shallow river.

3. CALENDARS WITHOUT A SABBATH. A datebook absent of significant hours of quiet and reflection, written in first, is an abomination to God.

4. RELATIONSHIPS WITHOUT MUTUAL NOURISHMENT. We are acquainted with many but know few. Without soul-friends, we have no spiritual momentum.

5. PASTORAL PERSONALITY WITHOUT SELF-EXAMINATION. Too much ministry is built on unresolved anger, need for approval and instinct to control.

6. NATURAL GIFTEDNESS WITHOUT SPIRITUAL POWER. Pastors can do some 'ministry' with people skills, but kingdom work demands a filled-up soul.

7. ENORMOUS THEOLOGY WITHOUT ADEQUATE SPIRITUALITY. A pastor cannot represent great theology with a pea-sized spiritual exercise regimen.


If all you preach is the GOOD NEWS, and you never preach the BAD NEWS, the GOOD NEWS becomes NO NEWS. It is no longer significant to people.


How a preacher can use the same Bible that spawned a Reformation & missionary movement, & never stir up anybody is a mystery to me. (Elliff)


"I am merely the messenger; if you do not like the message quarrel with the Bible, not with me. Scripture is on my side." ~ Charles Spurgeon


People have the faulty idea that the PREACHER is an actor on stage and they are the critics, evaluating him. What they don’t know is that >

< THEY are the actors on stage! The preacher is merely a prompter in the wings, reminding them of their lost lines, and GOD is the audience!


We cannot make much of ourselves and of God simultaneously. If people say "Amazing preaching!" we have failed. They must say "Awesome God!"


Acceptable worship is impossible w/o preaching, for preaching is making known the Lord's name, and worship is praising the name made known.


In preaching, the heart is poured out & every fiber of the being screams forth the holiness of God. Preaching, for the preacher, is worship.


"FACTS are your friends - challenging friends at times, yet friends nonetheless." ~ Bill Hybels, Global Leadership Summit // Face the FACTS!


3 team challenges: those w/ bad attitudes, under-performers, those whose capacity is outstripped by organization's growth (hardest 4 leader)


RU under-challenged, appropriately challenged, or dangerously over-challenged? Research shows we do BEST work when SLIGHTLY over-challenged.


"If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend 6 sharpening my axe." ~ Abraham Lincoln // Sharpening self at Global Leadership Summit :-)


The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader, but great leaders help people think more highly of themselves.


"We must listen before we can learn, learn before we can prepare, prepare before we can serve, and serve before we can lead." ~ William Ward


"The measure of a leader is not the number of people who serve the leader, but the number of people served by the leader." ~ John C. Maxwell


A conductor was once asked, "What is the hardest instrument in an orchestra to play?" His answer was simple and succinct: "Second Fiddle." >

< "The second violinist plays as well as the first violinist. He practices as long, and plays as flawlessly, but receives little credit.” >

< I am blessed to pastor with my friend @jackleaman. Some would call him my "Second Fiddle" but I think God calls him His "First Servant." >

< Every minister needs this kind of servant's heart! "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others." (Mark 10:45, NLT)


"Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half." // "The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted."


If you want to impact today, TALK; if you want to impact today & tomorrow, WRITE. // @ Board of Publication meeting @ WEC, can you tell? :-)


Real art of conversation not only to say right thing at right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ~ D. Nevill


Excuses are nails used to build a house of failure. (Wilder) // There aren't enough crutches in the world for all the lame excuses. (Stroup)


A GOOD STRATEGY: "One of the lessons of history is that NOTHING is often a good thing to DO and always a clever thing to SAY." ~ Will Durant


PASTORAL COUNSELING (?): "Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness." ~ Margaret Millar // So true :-)


Wise men talk b/c they have something 2 say, fools b/c they have 2 say something ~ Plato // Caution! Thoughts may become words at any moment


Half the world is people who have something 2 say & can't; the other half, people who have nothing 2 say & keep on saying it. ~ Robert Frost


BUSINESS MEETINGS: 1) know your Bible, 2) know your By-Laws, 3) know your Backers (supporters), 4) know your Bob (Robert's Rules of Order).


Brain processes print at 100 bits/sec and pictures at 1 billion bits/sec. So, a picture isn't worth 1000 words, it's worth 10 million words!


You walk 10,000 steps every day, 115,000 miles in a lifetime - that's more than 4 times around the earth. Are you using your steps wisely?


"[Eventually, Twitter] was not really about my own impressions: it was about how I imagined - and wanted - others to react to them." (cont)

(cont) "That gave me pause. How much, I began to wonder, was I shaping my Twitter feed, and how much was Twitter shaping me?" - P. Orenstein


MIDLIFE: Discovering you are no longer "COOL" actually has a significant benefit - HUMILITY. Anything taking our pride down a notch is GOOD!


LEADERS: God can't put you OVER what He wants to put you over, until He can put you UNDER who He wants you to be under. SUBMISSION = SUCCESS


We teach some by what we SAY, more by what we DO, and most by who we ARE. // Are you an AVERAGE teacher, a GOOD teacher, or a GREAT teacher?


In matters of AFFLUENCE we compare ourselves to those slightly ABOVE us, but in matters of MORALITY to those slightly BELOW us. (Festinger)


Integrity tests come: 1) privately, not publicly; 2) personally, not collectively; 3) to test what U will NOT do rather than what U will do.


LEADERS, what do YOU do when you are the most powerful person in the room? Jesus ignored His TITLE, took a TOWEL, and served His followers.


SUCCESSION MODEL (Jesus did this!): I do it; I do it, you watch; I do it, you help; You do it, I help; You do it, I watch; You do it.

@JosiahJudge John Maxwell has written on this process, under the category of "Mentoring." And here's a similar article:


Many saints think, "Pastors produce ministry; we consume ministry." But there isn't a single Scripture to justify that unbiblical paradigm.


TEAMWORK: Simply stated, it is less ME and more WE. "It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn't matter who gets the credit."


5-fold ministry (Eph 4:11-13) - Apostles GOVERN, Prophets GUIDE, Evangelists GATHER, Pastors GUARD, Teachers GROUND - to MATURE the saints!


WORK ETHIC: "The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs!" (Vance Havner)


It is not an accident that we speak of PAYING attention to people; in this busy generation, attention is the most valuable currency we have!


FOLLOW THE LEADER (1): Leaders who develop followers focus on people's WEAKNESSES. Leaders who develop leaders focus on people's STRENGTHS.

FOLLOW THE LEADER (2): Leaders who develop followers SPEND time with people. Leaders who develop leaders INVEST time with people.

FOLLOW THE LEADER (3): Leaders who develop followers lead everyone the SAME. Leaders who develop leaders lead everyone DIFFERENTLY.

FOLLOW THE LEADER (4): Leaders who develop followers impact the PRESENT generation. Leaders who develop leaders impact the NEXT generation.


Best leaders never say “I” - not because they've train themselves not 2 say “I” - they don’t think “I” - they think “WE” - they think “TEAM”


Difference between a GIFT and an OFFICE - a gift comes from God, but an office is conferred by God's people who observe the FRUIT of a gift.


PASTORING: You don't really care about people until you don't care what they think. You have to die to approval addiction to lead a church!


PREACHING: Study yourself FULL, Think yourself CLEAR, Pray yourself HOT, Let yourself GO! (courtesy of T.D. Jakes)


SUCCESSION: "I must decrease so he can increase" - some leaders only say "I must die so he can live" because dying is easier than decreasing


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