Every once in a while I will read an amazing book that I feel will greatly benefit our team. I have made a habit of ordering a copy for each of our staff and some of our key volunteers. Often these books speak directly to an issue we are facing and the benefit of reading a book all together is that we can exponentially speed up the process of coming to a consensus solution. Sometimes we will walk through chapters of the book together in our staff meetings allowing for ample discussion time. This is a great way to grow together. I’d highly recommend this as a great team growth strategy.
Here are the books I have ordered for my staff to read this year:
5 Key Words to Understand How God Helps us Define Our Life Vision:
Process:God’s plan usually unfolds over time.What is He revealing progressively?
If you are like me, you are impatient for action. We don’t want to wait for the plan to unfold, we’d like it now, thank you very much. But God knows that the process is as important, if not more important, than the destination. What we learn in the process allows us to handle what we’ll receive in the future. Therefore, we must learn to value the process.
Recommended Book: Put Your Dreams to the Test
- Purpose: God wants to accomplish His purposes.
Why were you created?
There are two ways to live, the first way to live is for your own purposes and plans and to ask God to bless your will. The other way to live is to seek God’s purpose and plan for your life and to align yourself to His will. Obviously, the best way to live is to live according to God’s purposes. After all, He is the one who created you and equipped you with a special set of gifts. Wouldn’t it make sense to allow him to decide how you should employ those gifts?
Recommended Book: The Purpose Driven Life
- Potential: God will use your gifts and passion.
Does this goal fit who you are? Every one of us has been created for a purpose. We have a combination of skills and a personality that is unique to us and points to our unique call. It is important to discover what these gifts are and how to apply them to our purpose.
Recommended Book: Living Your Strengths
- Prioritize: God will ask you to adjust your time and energy.
What steps must you take? A dream without a plan is a fantasy and will not come to fruition. It’s important to not only have specific goals but also to put specific plans to those goals. What are you willing to do daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly to accomplish your call?
Recommended Books: Goals
or Today Matters
- Proceed: God will eventually require you to act.
When should you start? I recommend starting today. Start with a plan and then apply daily disciplines to stick to your plan.
Recommended Book: The Richest Man Who Ever Lived
Click on the titles of the books listed above and you will be taken to Amazon.ca where you can get more information about the book and will have the ability to order a copy of your own. I highly recommend you read all of these books. They are great tools to help you discover your purpose and will give you the tools to live it out!
“How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen over silver.” (Proverbs 16:16)
Imagine that. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived said that he would prefer wisdom over riches. I mean think about it, if Solomon were offered the lottery winnings of $1 million or a gift of wisdom, he would choose wisdom. Would you? Author Steven K. Scott said “Acquiring true wisdom provides a solid foundation from which you can make a lifetime of wise decisions.” King Solomon said in Proverbs 4 that wisdom is the principle thing, or in other words, wisdom is the most important thing to pursue in life. It’s more important than money or personal happiness. Do you believe that?
Here are some simple tips on how to get wisdom:
I believe everyone needs a mentor. We all have blind spots that only a trusted coach can help us see and give us the skills necessary to overcome. Do you wish you had someone who could regularly coach you in your role or even in life? Maybe you have someone in mind that you wish would become your mentor. Or, maybe you’re a leader and you see the need to mentor and coach your team and you simply don’t know where to begin.
I know for many years, I struggled on both ends of this equation. I was a young pastor and I was desperate for someone to mentor me, but I had no idea who to ask or even how to ask. I assumed that those who I felt could help me the most were too busy with their own ministries. I was too afraid and too insecure to ask for their help.
Then, a few years into my ministry, I realized the need for my team to be coached. I know I should be the one coaching them, but I felt I was too young and too inexperienced to become a mentor. The problem with this thought is that it kept my team from growing and bottle-necked the growth of our church.
True transformation comes from a renewed mind. A renewed mind comes from removing the old ways of thinking and putting on the new ways of thinking.
Our old ways of thinking are usually not our fault! Most of our unrenewed thinking was put in there by someone else, whether that be our parents, our teachers and coaches, our entertainment, or society in general. This wrong thinking is often only evident when it’s too late, when we mess up badly, and we reap the results of our mess up. Often this poor thinking will be revealed in the lies we tell ourselves or the excuses we use to justify those mistakes.