So, in the spirit of this adventure I’ve gathered some resources that have taught me a lot about the gift of sabbath, rest, and what it means to do absolutely nothing other than to simply enjoy the presence of God. Click the links below for a free PDF download.
As long as I can remember I’ve always been a second chair leader. I feel at home giving my creative best while leading from the second chair, which compelled me to launch a podcast dedicated to celebrating creative and courageous second chair leaders called The Second Chair Leadership Podcast. A listener once asked, “Is second chair leadership a thing or did you make that up?”
It’s a fair question that deserves some attention.
I believe we’re all wired in such a way we want to know if what we’re doing is impacting others’ lives. Whether you work in the business sector or in ministry, we all want to know if we are being successful. Often in a ministry context success is defined by fulfilling the mission God has entrusted to us to accomplish.
But, often times it's difficult to qualify or quantify success. Typically, ministry success is measured by budgets, buildings, baptisms, and butts in seats. Sprinkle in a few stories of life change and voilà - success!
This year give your church a gift they’ll never ask for or expect.
Permission to not show up.
As upside-down and backwards as this sounds, for the last three years Grace Point Church (Topeka, KS), has intentionally canceled weekend worship services in favor of an all-church week-long Sabbath the days following Christmas.
It’s hard to believe that one year ago the Second Chair Leadership Podcast came to life! If you’ve been with me from the beginning you know this story already, but for those who are new to the podcast you might be surprised to learn I didn’t set out to start a podcast. At the encouragement of a friend I entered a creativity contest with a very simple idea - to celebrate and champion the leader behind the leader who is getting stuff done and adding value to their organizations.
If you are ever fortunate enough to serve in this kind of capacity or if you’re weighing whether or not to say yes to this kind of opportunity I hope you can learn a thing or two from my first exposure to board leadership.
One of the things I most enjoy doing is resourcing leaders. I love connecting leaders to someone who can help them or point leaders to a resource I believe will help them with a particular challenge they're facing. Because I love to read I find myself talking with others about what I'm currently reading and how my reading is impacting my thinking, which is why I ask every guest who appears on the podcast this question:
"What's one book you recommend every leader read and why?"
Much of life requires negotiation, but not the stereotypical strong-arming or bullying kind of negotiation where intimidation tactic are used to bend the will of the other person to agree with you. Not at all. Rather skillful negotiators practice active listening, empathy, and asking good questions repeatedly.
There is an ever-increasing need to cultivate a reflective mind - a mind that reflects on what's most important in life. I've noticed that when it comes to cultivating a reflective mind, there are internal and external barriers. The most often cited are fear, busyness, and noise.
It's become something of a tradition here. Each year I read quite a few books and while I don’t recommend everything I read, I thought there were some that might interest you. In no particular order, this is the list of books I read this past year that I found the most interesting, challenging, helpful, and/or inspiring.