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Three Leadership Messages Every Leader Should Listen To via @AndyStanley

Leaders are learners… I believe every leader would benefit by regularly listening to Andy Stanley’s Leadership Podcast. Here are 3 messages every leader should listen to:

Your turn… Share your thoughts on these messages and/or on others you’ve heard Andy share.

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Three Books Focusing on Developing Next Generation Leaders

Developing leaders doesn’t just happen; you must be intentional. Here are 3 books focusing on how to develop next generation leaders:

“The Next Generation Leader has been challenging young Christians eager to learn, grow, and lead in ministry or in the marketplace since its original release in 2003. Now with an all-new look, this repackaged version continues to advance the mission of the first release. Mentoring young leaders as they face the unique issues of a changing world has been pastor and bestselling author Andy Stanley’s passion for more than a decade. Here he shares material from his leadership training sessions, developed to address essential leadership qualities such as character, clarity, courage, and competency. This is the perfect guide for any new leader—or for the mentor of a future leader!”

Erich’s note: this is one of Andy’s best books; you’ll find it helpful for personal development and developing other leaders.

“Have you as a leader ever wished for more hands-on development and mentoring from a ministry veteran? Wouldn’t that kind of investment accelerate, deepen and intensify your leadership skills and impact? God is raising up a generation of young ministry leaders—protégés—who need guidance in their calling to serve and lead people in the pursuit of God. These protégés need our help. Steve Saccone has a history of being part of this calling to help the called. With over a decade of leadership development experience, he has, through God’s help, catalyzed the growth and character of protégés around the globe. In this book Saccone shows how you can raise up leaders from within your own community and develop them into passionate, faithful servants of God. You will be personally challenged to grow as you discover how to cultivate a culture of leadership development in your ministry. In a sense we are all protégés who have much to learn and much to teach—and we can either help those who are behind us or seek help from those who are ahead of us. Along the way, we’ll watch the kingdom grow in our midst.”

Erich’s note: you can also download a brief summary called Protégé: A Visual Experience.

“More time, spent with fewer people, equals greater kingdom impact. Desiring to see God widely embraced as more than a remote concept, entrepreneur Regi Campbell began a deeply successful mentoring program years ago that has become one of his greatest joys. Though it seemed radical at first—spending more time with less people to further an all important message—he soon realized this is the discipleship model Jesus set out during his ministry; today two billion people worldwide embrace the wisdom He entrusted to a small band of disciples two thousand years ago. Mentor Like Jesus is Campbell’s revelation of what he now calls “next generation mentoring,” an exponentially rewarding process that is resulting in “lives changed, marriages saved, children dealt with in a more loving way.” Readers of any age and in any situation will clearly understand how the return on a meaningful investment in another person is truly immeasurable.”

Erich’s note: for more great resources from Regi Campbell check out his website Radical Mentoring (including a program you can use to mentor people). You can also download his free ebook, The Mentoring Manifesto: A Radical Plan to Change the World a Few Men at a Time for a quick overview of the power of mentoring.

Your turn… What are your thoughts on these resources?

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Three Series by Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley and North Point Community Church put out some great resources aimed at leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Here are 3 series I think you’ll enjoy (make sure you click on the resources provided for each lesson — great for personal growth and/or small groups):

  • Life Apps by Andy Stanley and Jeff Henderson

“There are various apps available for download with categories ranging from weather and traffic to addicting games and networking tools. With such a huge selection to choose from, countless apps are downloaded, but only a few are used. When it comes to our lives, the Bible gives us many applications to live by, but the change happens as we apply them. In this 6-week series, Andy Stanley and Jeff Henderson identify five life applications worth living by.”

“We throw the “grow” word around a good bit. Specifically, we talk about a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. But what exactly does that mean? What exactly is growing?  We believe there are five primary things God uses to grow our faith. These five things are not listed anywhere in the Bible. We discovered them by observing how God works in the lives of believers – and even unbelievers. We are not proposing that these are the only leverage points God uses. But every time we hear someone recount his or her faith journey, at least one of these five dynamics is part of the story.”

“Everything has a beginning. Every person, every idea, every journey starts somewhere. Whether it’s one small step in a new direction or a major event, from that point forward nothing is ever the same. It’s not always comfortable. It’s not always easy. But it’s a start.”

Your turn… What are some other series by Andy Stanley you’ve enjoyed?

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Three Bible Reading Plans from YouVersion

The New Year is a great time to commit to reading the Bible on a daily basis. The YouVersion Bible App provides hundreds of great Bible reading plans. Here are 3 I’m currently going through:

Sometimes it seems like the only way to keep up with all the demands on our lives is to run at maximum capacity—and then some. But there is another way, one where we have room to breathe and space to respond to what God brings our way. This reading plan features a variety of devotional readings, video teaching from Craig Groeschel, and videos of everyday people living with margin in their lives.

Erich’s note: you can watch this 4 week series by Craig Groeschel here, Margin.

In this BibleX study, you will explore the wisdom books of Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. You will study portions of Scripture, learn the key points by viewing a short video, and grow by applying the Scripture’s teachings to your life. BibleX is a free resource to help expand your knowledge of the Bible.

Erich’s note: I shared more about YouVersion and BibleX here: Resources from LifeChurch.tv

You might think, rich is the other guy. Rich is having more than you currently have. If that’s the case, you can be rich and not know it. You can be rich and not feel or act like it. In fact, most of us are richer than we think. We just aren’t very good at it. It’s one thing to Be Rich. Andy wants to help us all be GOOD at it!

Erich’s note: you can watch this 4 week series by Andy Stanley here, How to Be Rich or buy the book here, How to Be Rich.

Your turn… What are some other Bible readings plans we should take a look at?

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Three Books by Andy Stanley

If you’ve browsed around my blog much you already know I’m a big fan of Andy Stanley. He is a great leader and communicator. He has a way of taking complex concepts and making them simple, understandable, and practical (extremely relevant). You can find lots of great resources on his website. Today, I simply want to mention 3 books you should check out:

“Drawing on two decades of experience mentoring a rising generation, seasoned visionary Andy Stanley shows how to discover and play to your strengths, harness your fears, leverage uncertainty, enlist a leadership coach, and maintain moral authority. Capable men and women will eventually catch, pass, and replace the current generation of leaders. Embracing these essentials, you will not only excel in your personal leadership, but ensure a no-regrets experience for those who choose to follow you.”

“Let’s face it. With all the demands of the workplace and all the details of a family it’s only a matter of time before one bumps into the other. And many of us end up cheating our families when the commitments of both collide. In this practical book, Andy Stanley will help you. . .

  • establish priorities and boundaries to protect what you value most.
  • learn the difference between saying your family is your priority and actually making them your priority.
  • discover tested strategies for easing tensions at home and at work.

Watch as this powerful book transforms your life from time-crunching craziness to life-changing success.”

Deep & Wide provides church leaders with an in-depth look into North Point Community Church and its strategy for creating churches unchurched people absolutely LOVE to attend. Andy writes, “Our goal is to create weekend experiences so compelling and helpful that even the most skeptical individuals in our community would walk away with every intention of returning the following week . . . with a friend!” If your team is more concerned with who you are REACHING than who you are KEEPING, Deep & Wide will be more than a book you read; it will be a resource you come back to over and over!

Erich’s note: these are just 3 of the many resources by Andy that you’ll find helpful. Read them and then check out the others.

Your turn… What are some other resources by Andy Stanley that have impacted your life?

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Three Series that Focus on Relationships

Here are 3 series I’ve been listening to lately that focus on relationships:

  • Friending by Craig Groeschel and LifeChurch.tv

“Friends love you at your worst and can help you be your best, but many of us don’t realize the importance of whom we choose to surround ourselves with. The friends you have help determine the quality and direction of your life. Where are your friendships leading you? Come learn what the Bible says about Friending.”

Erich’s note: Make sure you check out the resources that go along with each message (great for personal study or small groups).

“While some of us loved our “growin’ up” years, others of us couldn’t wait to move out and start fresh. Either way, we want our Future Family to be a step up from our families of origin. Most of us want something better for our children. But what? When it comes to family, what does a preferred future look like? What exactly are we aiming for? Well, whether you’re starting a new family, leaving an old one, or wondering if it’s worth the effort at all, join us this Sunday as we go back to the drawing board.”

Erich’s note: We are going through it in our Young Couples 30s class at The Hills. Make sure you check out the discussion page for each lesson (great for small groups).

  • Sequels by Jonathan Storment at Highland Church of Christ

“There are over 1500 services for online dating today. We’ve invented internet dating, speed dating and even television dating. But more relationships are falling apart than ever before. Which begs the question, why is a culture that is so focused on falling in love, so bad at staying in love?” 

Erich’s note: I mentioned this series and Jonathan’s sermon podcast in recent posts. Make sure you get the free Sequels ebook as well.

Your turn… What are some other series you’ve heard recently that focus on relationships?

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Three Resources Aimed at Helping Make Your Family Stronger

I recently shared some resources designed to help make your marriage better because I believe better marriages lead to better families. Today I want to mention 3 that will help make your family stronger:

“Family. We all have one. While some of us loved our ‘growing up’ years, others of us couldn’t wait to move out and start fresh. Either way, we want our Future Family to be a step up from our families of origin. Most of us want something better for our children. But what? When it comes to family, what does a preferred future look like? What exactly are we aiming for?”

Erich’s note: this is a great 6 week series that you can watch online. It also contains a discussion guide for each session that works great in small groups or classes. I’ll be taking our Young Couples 30s class through this series at The Hills Church beginning this Sunday, September 8 (10am in Room 206).

The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family is the story of Theresa and Jude Cousins. The couple is knee deep in the chaos of managing a family, a household and raising four children. Beyond the rigors of parenting, Theresa and Jude are overwhelmed by volunteer activities, business trips, family trips, soccer games, swim practice, birthday parties, play dates, Girl Scout meetings, client meetings, parent-teacher meetings, back-to-school nights, and in-law visits. As a result, they live in a constant state of hustle, with little free time to relax and communicate with one another. Theresa bears the brunt of the situation, and she has had enough.

After numerous declarations that things must change, Theresa finally has a revelation one day when Jude says, “If my clients ran their companies the way we run this family, they’d be out of business.” Theresa decides to take a different look at her husband’s consulting practice, with her eye on family life. Ultimately, she adapts his methodology for creating healthy organizations to the Cousins family, “the most important organization of all.” During the story, Theresa struggles to operationalize her theoretical breakthrough, trying to balance theory with application in the real, messy world of family life. She experiences ups and downs along the way, but eventually develops a model that works.”

Erich’s note: I briefly mentioned this book in a recent post that dealt with organizational health. I believe you’ll enjoy the practical advice he shares. Make sure you look at the book tools located at the bottom of the Frantic Family page.

  • Focus on the Family | Online Resources Dedicated to Helping Families Thrive (founded by James Dobson)

“Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles. We’re here to come alongside families with relevance and grace at each stage of their journey. We support families as they seek to teach their children about God and His beautiful design for the family, protect themselves from the harmful influences of culture and equip themselves to make a greater difference in the lives of those around them.”

Erich’s note: this one is mentioned last but definitely not the least. James Dobson and Focus on the Family have been providing resources to build stronger families for decades (you’ll want to book mark their page and go back on a regular basis for helpful resources). Take a look at this section on Parenting first.

Your turn… What are some other resources you know of that can help make families stronger?

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Three Resources to Help You Communicate Better

Here are 3 resources that will help you communicate better (the first one focuses on how to avoid awkward conversations with people you first meet; the second one focuses on tips for writing better emails; and the third one is a book that focuses on a strategy for creating and sharing practical messages):

Meeting people for the first time can be uncomfortable, especially when the conversation isn’t flowing. Making small talk can work temporarily, but you’ll probably end up in awkward silence. The Happiness Project’s Gretchen Rubin offers strategies to try next time you’re meeting someone new and your mind goes blank. You can follow here on Twitter here: @gretchenrubin

This article contains lots of great tips for communicating better via email. Spend some time on Copyblogger website to find some great resources on how to better create online content.

In Communicating for a Change, Andy Stanley and Lane Jones offer a unique strategy for communicators seeking to deliver captivating and practical messages. In this highly creative presentation, the authors unpack seven concepts that will empower you to engage and impact your audiences in a way that leaves them wanting more.

Your turn… Share some other resources you’ve come across that help people communicate better.

 

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Three Resources Designed to Improve Your Marriage

My wife, Kendra, and I have been married for more than 22 years (May 25, 1991). During that time we’ve discovered that marriage takes a lot of work (primarily because I can be difficult to live with at times — I’m a Type A Perfectionist). Along the way we’ve also discovered that we must be intentional at improving our marriage. With that in mind, here are 3 resources designed to help you improve your marriage (if you are single and plan to get married keep these in mind as you prepare for the future):

This recent article on sex and marriage attracted more than 10,000 unique visitors to Tony Morgan’s site last week. I believe you’ll find some practical advice that many in our world will consider to be politically incorrect.

We all know what’s required to fall in love. A pulse. Falling in love is easy. But staying there? That’s something else entirely. With more than 1,500 matchmaker organizations in the United States, finding someone is easier than ever, but staying together seems to get more difficult every day. So. . . is it possible for two people to fall in love and actually stay there? Absolutely. Find out how in Andy Stanley’s 4-part series, Staying In Love.

Most of us want to spend time with our spouse, but most of us don’t spend time with our spouse. When we do get time together, a lot of us experience the classic, “What do you want to do? I don’t know, what do you want to do?”  In 2009, MarriedLife rolled out 6 Great Dates in the Great Date Experiment. Well, the experiment worked! So in 2010, we brought you the all-new Great Date Experience! If you missed one, click on the year and download an experience you won’t forget…oh yeah!

Your turn… What are some other resources you’ve used to improve your marriage?

 

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Three Sermon Podcasts You Will Enjoy

Let me say right up front that it was hard to narrow this list to 3 so I’m sure I’ll share a few more in coming weeks (I’ve mentioned a few of them at the bottom of this post if you want to check them out too). I listen to about 20 different podcasts on a regular basis (I know, I’m weird like that). The Carolinas are represented well in this list as 1 is from South Carolina and the other 2 are from Charlotte, NC. I’m going to exclude my preacher’s podcast (Rick Atchley @ The Hills) from this list since I listen to him live every week. If you don’t you should add him to your playlist (I highly recommend his recent series on Revelation, probably the best I’ve ever heard on that book). So, without any further ado, here are the 3 I think you would enjoy listening to on a regular basis:

Perry is the founder and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina (a multi-campus move of God on a mission to reach more than 100,000 people in SC). He is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible (he can be very blunt and his messages are full of humor and truth). God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. His first book, UNLEASH, is also a great read. Check this series out first: Adam & Eve. His next series that begins on July 14 is called REDNECK.

Steven is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, NC. He is also the New York Times® Best Selling author of Greater and the national bestseller Sun Stand Still. You’ll enjoy his books and messages. Check this series out first: The Expectation Gap. For a unique message that is compiled from talks Steven has done around the world this past year check out Pound the Ground.

Jonathan leads the liars, dreamers, and misfits of Renovatus: A Church for People Under Renovation, in Charlotte, NC, where he lives with his wife Amanda. He is the author of the book Prototype. I absolutely enjoy listening to Jonathan. I discovered his podcast one day when Steven Furtick mentioned him being his “favorite preacher.” He might become your favorite too. Check this series out first: A Song of Ascent (a series on David)

UPDATE, 9.11.13: Jonathan started a new series this past week called PARABLE. You really should check it out. Here is a description of this series: Jesus was the master storyteller, and you are invited to come and sit by the fire to listen to his stories.  These stories are full of wonder, intrigue, enchantment, truth, beauty…and layers upon layers of deep meaning.  These are startlingly human, three-dimensional stories that bring the kingdom of heaven into color in our real lives.  They are stories from a time that is not our own about people we do not know–and yet ultimately stories about us.  

You can watch or listen to all 3 of these guys from their church’s website or search for them on your favorite podcast APP (by the way, these guys preach anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour plus at times).

Your turn… What are some of your favorite sermon podcasts?

Here are some of my honorable mentions that I’ll say more about in future posts: Andy Stanley, Judah Smith, Craig Groeschel, Dave Clayton, Toby Slough, Chris Hodges, Robert Morris, John Ortberg, Erwin McManus, Mark Batterson, Jonathan Storment, Matt Chandler, and Tim Keller to name a few more (and make sure you check out Rick Atchley from my home church).

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