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a leaders edge (4 of 8)

Posted by dturn on March 16, 2009

4. Stay Committed

Staying in line with your mission and purpose is critical.
Even being out-numbered, a leader must remain committed to what they believe is the best course of action.

Too often times we think that the “majority” rules, simply because of the numerical significance.
This may ring true on occasion but it is not always the case.

Large numbers have a way of being a distraction.

Sometimes the majority sides with the most popular choice, not necessarily the most advantageous selection for all parties involved.

You have to be willing to commit yourself and stand alone, if necessary.

“Commitment in the face of conflict produces character”

If you can stay committed, even in the most uncomfortable situations, you can make a great impact in your world.

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a leaders edge (3 of 8)

Posted by dturn on March 13, 2009

3. Make a Declaration

As a leader you should know the purpose and meaning to why you do what you do.
You should feel confident in what your mission statement stands for.

There may be people or situations that come up that will try to shut you down.
They might speak of your shortcomings, your inexperience, and your mistakes.
Fear will try to creep in and wire your mouth shut.

You need to know who you are and what you are here to do.
You need to know what direction you are to lead your family, company or ministry.

When you are standing on a solid foundation, you can declare your vision for all to hear.

After you have sought God through prayer, wait for Him to show you His will. When He does, move forward.
Armed with faith in Him and confidence in His cause, you can make a bold declaration in His name.

Don’t be afraid to speak up.
He’s listening.

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a leaders edge (2 of 8)

Posted by dturn on March 12, 2009

2. Know Stuff

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles to it”
Margaret Fuller

To be a leader of influence, you must always be on top of your game.
People are listening to what you are saying, and then they watch to see if what you say is the truth.

Do you know what you’re talking about?

You must prepare yourself and equip yourself with the proper tools which are necessary for success.
You may not have the talent to do every task but you should have enough knowledge to understand what it all means and how it affects your organization.

Show an example of being up-to-date on current trends in your industry.
Read books, blogs, articles and papers. Anything you can get your hands on.

Go to seminars, conferences and conventions.
Get a coach, mentor or big brother.
Never stop learning.

Your team is depending on you.

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a leaders edge (1 of 8)

Posted by dturn on March 11, 2009

I did this series last year on leadership.
God is leading me to repost it.
There is 8 things you need to do to regain your advantage in leadership

1. Maintain integrity

“to be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.”

Edward Murrow

Our character and reputation are on the line daily. We must do whatever it takes to not put ourselves in jeopardy.
Being a leader means that we must sacrifice ourselves for the good of our team.

Maintaining our integrity means that display it by our actions and choices, not just by merely saying a few words that sound good in the ears of our listeners.
We must maintain focus on the desired goal of our organization, despite the obstacles and temptations that come up.

There may be challenges concerning personnel or cashflow.
You may even be tempted to cut some corners.

You don’t have to lie. You don’t have to cheat.
You can do things the right way.

The people that you lead should be able to see a clear example of integrity in all situations.

Your example shines the light on the path to greatness.

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soul vitamin

Posted by dturn on March 9, 2009

No duty is more important than that of returning thanks.

James Allen

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funky faith friday

Posted by dturn on March 6, 2009

Here is a few things that I am crazy enough to believe God for:

1. Favor – I am going to be ramping-up my efforts to write and submit more. Pray for open doors.

2. Opportunities – I would love to share what God has given me. If there is not a platform, I will build my own!

3. Next church info meeting is next Sunday, the 15th. Pray for people to be drawn.

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soul vitamin

Posted by dturn on March 4, 2009

At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, at the bottom of religion itself there must be, for all races, economic independence.

Booker T. Washington

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jumpstart 3/3

Posted by dturn on March 3, 2009

“It was for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Galatians 5:1

Oxen never look real excited when they’re in a field pulling a plow.
I’m sure they rather do anything but be outside, under a hot sun, working.
Unfortunately, they don’t have much say in the matter.
When the farmer decides that it is time to work, its time to work.

Thank God that Christ decided to give up His life so we can enjoy ours.
His sacrifice gave us the ability to be with Him in eternity.
It also gave us the right to live here on earth, free from the chains of sin and death.
Once we have accepted this gift, we no longer have to be held back, held down, or reminded of our past.
Our freedom overtakes our past, our present issues and it protects us from future problems.

Whom the Son has set free is free indeed.

Father, thank You for freeing us. This is a deed that only Christ could do. There was no way that we could change the course that we were on. Sin bound us to eternal separation from You. Christ freed us and we are forever grateful. We are also thankful for knowing, if we are born again, we don’t have to be subject to the chains that the enemy uses to keep us from enjoying life here on earth and with You in eternity.
Amen.

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funky faith friday

Posted by dturn on February 27, 2009

Here is a few things that I am crazy enough to believe God for:

1. People who are crazy enough to partner with me in launching a mulit-cultural church in Joliet, Ill.

2. A great location at a low price.

3. Opportunities to love Joliet with the love of Christ.

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chasing the call

Posted by dturn on February 27, 2009

Paperwork, forms, meetings, phone calls, email, facebook, twitter, blogging…

When you start a church, there is an endless stream of tasks to take care of.
It is a huge undertaking that requires patience, time, energy, and cash.
You find yourself spending every waking moment thinking about or doing something for the start of this new church.

Don’t get me wrong, I know it takes dedication and perseverance to start anything new.

But at what cost?

I have found myself chasing this calling to start a new church but I have been neglecting some of the things that God has already commanded me to do.
I have researched everything about starting a church but have gotten away from diving into God’s word to receive the things I need for my daily life.
I haven’t stopped praying, its just that my prayers were less about how much I loved God and more about how much I need him to be active in my ministry.
I was too consumed with numbers (people and money) than I was with knowing Him in a deeper way.

I haven’t “back-slided” and I am not forfeiting the call on my life.
Actually, what I am doing is realizing that what I do is not as important as who I am.
Better yet, what I do is only effective if it comes out of who I am.

What I need to keep in front of me at all times is what God has already commanded me to do:

Love God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Love my wife as Christ loved the church.
Love and protect my children.
Love my neighbors.
Love my enemies.

So this is my declaration:

Obedience to commands first, calling second.

God is showing me how to live.
I want to show others how to live for Him.

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