Vision Casting To… Yourself

If you’re a leader, you understand the importance of vision casting.  You frequently have to remind those you lead why they do what they do.  You remind them of how every task, no matter how seemingly insignificant, ties back to the vision of your church or organization.  It’s leadership 101.

You’ve likely worked hard to develop the skill of vision casting.  Great leaders are masters of this art.

But how good are you at vision casting to yourself?

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Whew! We Made It!

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Yesterday marked the first day of services in our new building for Cross Point Nashville.

WHAT A DAY!

I am so incredibly proud of our staff (from all campuses) who worked tirelessly to make yesterday possible.

I’ll share more thoughts later about what I learned as a leader through this project.  For today, I’m taking a deep breath and finding ways to say thank you to those who helped us get to this point.

To all of you who sent messages of encouragement yesterday, thank you!  Your support was a tremendous blessing.

You can see more pictures on the Cross Point Instagram.  (And thanks to Chris Surratt for letting me steal this photo)

It’s Time to Move!

Yesterday this was my view as our Cross Point Nashville Campus celebrated our last Sunday on Charlotte Ave.

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What a beautiful day of celebrating the stories, memories and events of the past six years here.

And although I’ve spent nearly two years on our relocation it still seems surreal that this Sunday we’ll worship in our new building.  I’m pretty sure my worship will be in the form of a blubbering mess!

If the Cross Point Nashville campus is your home, here are the details you need to know to be prepared for this Sunday:

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Can’t wait to see you there!

Accept What Is

“Do not consider what could have been; accept what is and make the most of it.”

I found this quote in an old journal.  I wrote it after finding out that I didn’t get a promotion that I desperately wanted and was pretty confident I would get.  I can still remember the hollowed gut feeling of receiving such disappointing news.

Looking back now, I see the beauty in God allowing me to experience that disappointment.  I’m so grateful that God often replaces our dreams with something better if we’re willing to accept the circumstances as they are and make the most of them.

Beyond Our Capacity

Sometimes the best place to be is completely beyond our capacity.

Comfort creates complacency.

In chaos and complexity we are forced to face our limitations.

We are challenged to confront our fears.

The limits of our faith and trust in God are exposed.

We tediously work to manage our world so as to stay within the bounds of our control and capacity.

But certain seasons force us out of the comfort and leave us glaringly exposed.

Our nerves are frayed.

Our insecurities are rattled.

Our fears run rampant.

These are the pivot points of our leadership.  We can choose to grow or we can choose to retreat.

What is stretching your leadership today?  How can you choose growth?

Problems Without Solutions

Don’t point out a problem without offering a solution!

This is similar to the idea we discussed last week about presenting a pipe dream without a plan.

As a leader, you are a problem solver.  You don’t have the luxury of bringing problems without plans.  It’s an elementary attitude to cry wolf without a plan of attack.

Leaders must identify problems, but when you constantly point out problems without providing solutions you are simply a critic, a complainer, a whiner.

Your solution doesn’t have to be THE solution, but when you bring a suggestion for remedying a problem you are showing your commitment to solving it.  You’re not passing the buck.  You’re partnering to figure out how to help overcome it.

When you bring a possible solution, you bring hope of overcoming it.

What problem in your organization needs a suggested solution today?

Letting Others Shine

A recent episode of Parenthood featured the storyline of Max Braverman and his attempts to get a vending machine back into his school.  This initiative was the driving agenda for his recent election as Student Body President and he was prepared to battle the well-intentioned PTA members who had lobbied for the vending machine to be removed.  Confident that he could make this happen, Max is defeated and extraordinarily frustrated when his request is denied.

Feeling her son’s disappointment, Max’s mom goes to work to help him (unbeknownst to Max).  She studies the issue and pitches the PTA on the idea of bringing the machine back but with healthy snack options.  A win-win for everyone.

Max arrives one day at school to a crowd of cheering classmates surrounding the new vending machine.

Max erupts with joy exclaiming “I did it!  I did it!”

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Max’s joy in that moment is contagious.  He truly believes he accomplished this great feat, completely unaware of how his mom was working behind the scenes.

I just couldn’t help but imagine that this is what most of our life looks like.

We find so many joy in our accomplishments without recognizing who is at work behind the scenes.

I suspect God beams with pride and joy as he watches us enjoy the successes we experience.

This too, is a picture of leadership.  As leaders, we need to be willing to be behind the scenes, doing the leg work that allows others to shine.

Who in your life needs a little boost from you so that they can exclaim “I did it!  I did it! ?