So Jen signed us up for a local leadership conference called “Fuel 2007” put on by another local pastor & friend Troy Sheeded of Generations Church. I wasn’t really getting my hopes up, as I have been to a ton of conferences and usually they are sleepers with a little nugget of content that is worth about $100 of the $500 cost. Sorry I guess I’m a little jaded.
The past evening and today were a pleasant surprise, actually more than that. This was probably the best conference I have ever attended when it comes to pure content. I’ve been to one’s that have thousands of pastors and staff mingling around like sheep looking for a shepherd, or else they are showing eachother that their “whatever” is bigger and more effective than your “whatever”. I’ve been to one’s where they show off all the new toys that are outrageously out of your budget and manpower, and basically say, “do this and you will get _____ results”; worthless. And of course, I’ve been to one’s where the content is just plain bad, boring, and hereticle at worst. Don’t get me wrong, they’re trying – I guess I’m just a hard customer.
Let me just say that Dr. Samuel Chand blew our minds. He gave us a ton to implement, a ton to think about, a ton to teach, a ton to share with others, and a ton to work on. He also confirmed in our hearts that we are in the right place in ministry right now. I also gained even more respect for my lead pastor because many things that Dr. Chan was teaching, our lead pastor shares with us on a regular basis.
Somehow this was all related to ARM, Benny Perez, Samuel Chand, and Generations Church. Now mind you this is the first I have heard of some of these guys, so I still have to do my own probing and see where they stand and how I fit in. Anyway there’s another opportunity to hear Dr. Chand at a conference scheduled for December 3-4 in lovely Las Vegas.
I thought I’d spend some time sharing some of the things that Dr. Chand taught, not only for your benefit, but for mine as well:
In leadership, the most important decision you will make is SELECTING your leaders!
- Is someone holding your ladder?
- What kind of person is holding your ladder?
- Do you have to constantly remind them?
- Are they casual or intentional?
- Do they have their eye on you, or are they looking around?
- Do they have a firm grip on your “ladder” or vision?
- Qualities of an effective ladder holder.
- Strong (not fragile, easily offended)
- Attentive (learn quickly, respond to instruction & correction, HOT communication, honest, open, transparent)
- Faithful (faith in leadership)
- Firm (not blown about by manipulative people)
- Loyal ( you can hire talent, you cannot buy loyalty)
- Ladder holders must be trained.
- Very few ministers have qualified and trained ladder holders.
- Your armor bearer / assistant may not necessarily be your ladder holder.
- People need clear instruction.
- Ladder placement & perspective
- The greatest tragedy is to climb to the top of the ladder, only to find that your ladder is leaning against the wrong building!
- Asses where you want to go
- Why you’re on the ladder
- What tools you need “up there” – you can’t keep going up and down!
- Two basic categories of ladder holders
- Leaders & Managers (we need them both like wings on an airplane)
Part 2: Characteristics of Leaders