Leaders should take the time to connect, network, and meet other leaders. Mike Davidson said, “It’s all about people. It’s about networking and being nice to people and not burning any bridges.” You should take time to go within and outside of the office to connect and network with other leaders. When you are in the middle of a group of leaders you will find these benefits:
Being around other leaders allows you to learn from them and hear about their experiences. The key is to find competent leaders and ask them the right questions. You can ask them about their leadership experiences including their success and failure, what they are learning, how they have mastered a certain skill-set, or industry specific questions. Great leaders will want to share with you about those areas and are likely to walk away learning something new.
It’s been said that it’s not what you know but who you know and who knows you. The more you are meeting new leaders the more your list of contacts will grow. A full list of contacts can greatly benefit you. You never know if one of those leaders will end up coaching or mentoring you, offering you a job position, or connecting you with a high profile leader. The contacts you add to your circle can become trusted allies or close friends.
Oprah Winfrey said, “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” There is something special when you are around a room full of leaders. Being around people who share the commonality of leading can provide each member of the group support, understanding, and encouragement. In essence it can refresh you.
Dr. Paul Powell was a major leader in the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptist Convention. As a young pastor, his leadership in the Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, as well as his writings, served as an influence in my early pastoral ministry. Sadly, on December 28, 2016, Dr. Powell passed away at 83 years of age in Tyler.
I only had the privilege to meet Dr. Powell a couple of times, but I will never forget reading in one of his books about conducting and preaching someone’s memorial service. Although exceptions occur, I have practiced these three principles to this day. I must admit that while I remember the three principles from many years ago, I did not remember what Dr. Powell said about each one. I have, however, learned a lot about each of the principles over the years. It is amazing that what I learned in these principles in my very early twenties, I am still sharing with other pastors. These three basic principles are from the overflow of pastor and leader, Paul Powell.
1. Be Biblical
A sermon for any person’s memorial service needs to be based upon a biblical foundation. It may be from one verse, a section of verses, or even a chapter. Whether a person was a Christ follower or not, the sermon people hear from the pastor conducting the service should be a biblical sermon.
There are so many tools out there to help you organize, streamline and run your life. I wrote about some of the ones we use here.
But in this post, I want to dive deeper into how we use one of them. In fact, I’d say Basecamp is our primary tool for team communication. It’s become the hub for our team.
I’ve been a fan for years, but after attending a Basecamp “Way We Work” conference in Chicago, I’m doubling down.
Here are seven ways we’re using Basecamp at Church Fuel.
#1 – Task Management
Basecamp is a project and task management tool.
So every project we do as a company gets it’s own project in Basecamp. Then we invite the relevant people to that project. And for each project, we create tasks and assign them to people on the project.
It’s simple, but all projects in Basecamp only involve the relevant people. It keeps the project clear of unnecessary voices and it keeps people’s attention where they are needed most.
Right now, we’ve got a project to set up a brand new premium course. I’m on that project along with our content development team. Our customer service team isn’t involved, so we’re not muddying up their focus by inviting them.
What does your church do well? And how long does it take a first-time guest to experience it?
Your response to those questions is a huge factor in how well your church attracts and keeps new people.
According to church leadership experts, most people will subconsciously decide whether to come back to a church within the first 7-10 minutes of driving into the parking lot.
If your church is doing everything great, keep it up. But that’s not the case for most of us. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit we do some things well, but there are other aspects of the Sunday morning service we struggle with. And some parts we’re just awful at.
What’s worse, many churches take the things we don’t do well and put them at the beginning of the service. That means our church guests have made a yes/no decision about being a part of our congregation when all they’ve seen are the things we’re not that good at.
No, a 7-10 minute window isn’t enough time for people to make a fair assessment. But it is reality.
A Mistake We May not Know We’re Making
Despite the fact that most pastors are aware of this 7-10 minute phenomenon, few of us have done much about it. But it’s not because we don’t care.