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Porch Conversation with Christian Leaders - Nancy L. Kimbrough CCLC, BCC
55 minutes | Dec 5, 2014
006 – A 10 Point Process for Developing Your Self-Confidence
A very important element in moving forward from personal brokenness to effective leadership, whether at home or in ministry, is the development of self-confidence. For many of us as Christian leaders, this area of our personal development has been battered and bruised, gasping for breath sometimes, as we forge ahead with our calling. In this episode I discuss a 10 point process for developing/strengthening this area of our lives. I have worked this process in my own journey, and continue to do so. It has proved to strengthen my self-confidence and take me places in my walk with Jesus Christ I never would have imagined. Are you ready to move forward in this area of your own life? I invite you to "take a listen" and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart! C.O.N.F.I.D.E.N.C.E The 10 point process is described as I work through the acronym above. Listen in and "take the plunge" to explore new waters with King Jesus! Reflection Questions 1. Of the 10 points mentioned, which 3 stand out as most needed in your life right now? 2. Rank these 3 in order of importance to you. 3. How would your life be different if you intentionally implemented these 3 points? 4. On a scale of 1 - 10, 1 being low and 10 being very high, how motivated are you to implement these 3 points? 5. If you are, what will be your first step(s)? 6. How might you self-sabotage these efforts? 7. Who would you like to hold you accountable for moving forward with your plans? Remember: these questions can be used also in discussions with your spouse, in a small group, with your ministry team, or in a Sunday School class. Be creative! Quote of the Week And I am sure that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 (RSV) Submit Your Questions If you have any questions or comments about today's episode, please let me know! You can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave me a voicemail here. Also let me know any suggestions you might have about podcast content. What would you like to hear discussed ? Announcements You're invited to sign-up for the monthly newsletter and receive a complimentary copy of the PRS Self-Assessment for Christian Leaders. You can sign-up on the home page. Subscribe You can now subscribe to the podcast on itunes and stitcher. Take us with you! Links are found on the home page. Help us spread the word about the podcast. Use the shar
43 minutes | Nov 28, 2014
005 – Characteristics of & Hindrances to Next-Level Community
People move about doing life everyday....running here and there....accomplishing tasks and getting ready for what the day will bring tomorrow. And while they are running...they scroll their phone or ipads, checking for deals, finding directions, checking email, posting on twitter and/or facebook.....and don't forget all the voicemail messages too! Busy...scrambling...stressed out.....and soooo very alone! Connection with others.....I mean personal connections, not digital...have all but vaporized because we just don't have the time. Really? We've chosen to yield our #1 commodity...our attention...to the digital world, and relegate our lives to being "captain of our own ship"....a ship with a passenger list of one...ourselves. Tragically, this scenario is true within the body of Christ as well. We gather under the banner of "Christian community" as we participate in activities, ministries, Bible Studies, and even worship services, soaking up the warm fuzzies of it all...but at the end of the day, leave with feelings of loneliness, disconnect, and perhaps even defeat. Join me as I talk about taking Christian community to the next level...a deeper level that will breathe new life into our everyday relationship with Christ and one another. Reflection Questions 1. What are you thinking right now? What has caught your attention as you listened to the episode today? 2. What kind of community have you been experiencing up to this point? a. superficial, information-based, feel good? b. spiritual transformation and forward motion based on the achievement of goals, and with accountability? 3. What kind of community have those under your leadership been experiencing? 4. What would be the long-term outcome if no change is made to the type of community you and those you lead are experiencing? 5. What would be the long-term benefits if change is made to the type of community you and those you lead are experiencing? Remember: these questions can be used also in discussions with your spouse, in a small group, with your ministry team, or in a Sunday School class. Be creative! Quote of the Week Leverage your authority for the benefit of those under your authority. Andy Stanley Submit Your Questions If you have any questions or comments about today's episode, please let me know! You can send an email to: email@example.com, or leave me a voicemail here. Also let me know any suggestions you might have about podcast con
32 minutes | Nov 20, 2014
004 – 3 Voices & 1 Choice: Which One has YOU in its Grip?
We make decisions everyday as Christian leaders. Ministry decisions dealing with programs, personnel, strategic planning, financial projections, etc. We also make choices regarding our family life, our marriage, our children, our personal self-care and so-on. But what exactly drives those decisions...what is the basis upon which we make those choices? I submit there are 3 sources of "voice" that we allow to speak into those spaces in our lives....voices that may indeed play a big part in determining who we are and the choices we make as Christian leaders. I discuss these sources on today's episode, and take a close look at the Apostle Peter as he grappled with these sources at a crucial moment in his walk with Jesus. You don't want to miss this one! Reflection Questions 1. You say you listen to Jesus...how do you know when you've heard from Him? 2. Based on John 18:37, are you "of the truth?" What does that mean? Is it just knowing Scripture and receiving the free gift of salvation, or is it more than that? 3. How are you developing intimacy in your relationship with Jesus? What might be the broken places in your life that is making that difficult? What steps can you take to move forward? 4. Do you REALLY want to be like Jesus is? How is that being demonstrated in your life? 5. If you were in a room alone with Jesus, what would He say to you today in regards to the voice you've been listening to as a Christian leader? Remember: these questions can be used also in discussions with your spouse, in a small group, with your ministry team, or in a Sunday School class. Be creative! Quote of the Week "Pilate therefore said to Him, 'So you are a king?' Jesus answered, 'You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.'" Jesus Christ John 18:37 NAS Recommended Resource That the World may Know 5 Faith Lessons by Ray Vander Laan "In the Dust of the Rabbi" Focus on the Family Announcements You're invited to sign-up for the monthly newsletter and receive a complimentary copy of the PRS Self-Assessment for Christian Leaders. You can sign-up on the home page. You can now subscribe to the podcast on itunes and stitcher. Take us with you! Help us spread the word about the podcast. Use the share buttons at the end of this post...it is greatly appreciated!
54 minutes | Nov 13, 2014
003 – How Assumptions & Expectations Can Disillusion Us as Christian Leaders, with Guest Julie Miles CPLC
All of us as Christian leaders have "hit the wall" at one time or another. We've made particular assumptions and proceeded to create expectations based on them that would lead to a desired outcome. When these assumptions are solidly grounded in God's Word and free of the residue of a broken past, much can be accomplished for His Kingdom. On the other hand, faulty assumptions will lead to expectations that are unrealistic, and can potentially bring harm to oneself and others. In today's episode we discuss assumptions, expectations, and the "hitting of the wall." That wall or "desert" place may indeed stun and disillusion us, leaving us sitting in a space of emptiness and silence. Is this experience something to be avoided at all cost? Are there times when our LORD needs to use this in our lives so we can be more in sync with what He is desiring to do regarding His Kingdom? Join me today as I discuss these thoughts, along with Julie Miles CPLC, who shared her own personal journey of "hitting the wall" as a Christian leader. Agenda Assumptions & expectations and "hitting the wall." We will be having a conversation with guest Julie Miles CPLC, who shares her own personal story of "hitting that wall" as a Christian leader. Reflection Questions 1. Assumptions a. How can you determine whether or not your spouse’s needs are being met? b. How does your spouse feel about you being gone so much? c. What are the current needs of your children? 2. Expectations a. What expectations do you have regarding the role your spouse plays in your ministry? b. What expectations do you have of your children's behavior while doing ministry? c. How do your children feel about being a "preacher's kid" and/or attending ministry events on a consistent basis? Quote of the Week Assumptions are the most dangerous form of knowledge Dr. Del Tackett Focus on the Family's The Truth Project thetruthproject.org Guest Contact Info. Julie Miles CPLC Beauty for Broken Life Coaching beautyforbroken.com Announcements You're invited to sign-up for the monthly newsletter and receive a complimentary copy of the PRS Self-Assessment for Christian Leaders. It is a great tool that can aid you in determining possible areas of your life where faulty assumptions may be embedded, leading to unrealistic expectations. You can sign-up on the home page. You can now subscribe to the podcast on itunes and stitcher. Help us spread the word about the podcast. Use the share
36 minutes | Nov 3, 2014
002 – Ascend to the Possibilities of Who God Knows You Are & 8 Ways to Use the PRS Self-Assessment for Christian Leaders
All of us as Christian leaders are on a journey....not only in our God-given ministries, but also in our own personal lives. Many of us have those broken places....a brokenness that began long ago and continues to be a thorn that pierces us way to often. Our self-perception of has become distorted over time, often without us realizing it. We feel stuck, unable to make the progress in life we dream of, and too often resign ourselves to just surviving "as the LORD's servant." Today we are discussing this distorted self-perception and how the PRS Self-Assessment for Christian Leaders can serve to identify some specific areas that can be exposed, explored, and empowered so you can indeed ascend to the possibilities of who God knows you are! Agenda 1. Self-Awareness 2. PRS Self-Assessment for Christian Leaders Self-Awareness 1. Article by the Barna Group: Interview with Joseph Cavenaugh, President of Ephesians 4 Leadership and author of The Leadership Blessing. 2. Article by Tiffany Stein in Christianity Today's publication Gifted for Leadership. "Inadequacy, Fear, and Calling". 3. Barna Research survey: Christian adults in U.S. a. 82% U.S. is facing a leadership shortage b. 58% identify themselves as Christian leaders c. reveal that leadership qualities they identify in themselves are not congruent with those they expect of other leaders. 8 Ways to Use the PRS 1. As a couple….pre-marital or married. 2. To determine personal, marital, and family goals. 3. To assess strengths personal, ministry team, ministry team members. 4. To determine goals of ministry team and team members. 5. Use in a small group study of strengths and goals. 6. Use in leadership training 7. Use as a before and after assessment. 8. Use as a Bible Study, locating Scripture and discussing. Reflection Questions A. Who has had the greatest influence on who you are today? Think about this. B. What was/were the message(s) they spoke into your life? Be specific C. How are those messages being lived out in your ministry? D. What, if anything, needs to be changed? E. What will be your first step? Quote of the Week Don't come down to reality; come up to possibility. Pastor Hal Hardy Highlands Church Cumming, GA highlandschurch.tv Announcements/Resources You are invited to subscribe to our monthly newsletter and download a complimentary copy of the PRS Self-Assessment for
38 minutes | Oct 25, 2014
001- 3 Ways our Personal Brokenness Can Impact Ministry
Having worked in the Christan counseling field for a number of years, as well as serving on two church staffs, I've come to a greater awareness that all of us, Christian leaders or not, have brokenness in our lives due to the human condition and the development of our own life stories. All of us find ourselves dealing with "stuff" to one degree or another; "stuff" that becomes a major player in our live perhaps without us even knowing it. In today's episode I speak about 3 ways this personal brokenness can have an impact on our ministries. I share a story of my own that illustrates how this can happen. I invite you to "give a listen" and "think about it." How might this be true in YOUR life as a leader in the Christian community? 3 Ways our Personal Brokenness can Impact Ministry A. The ministry may not even start. B. It's influence on current areas of ministry. C. May put restraints on the God-given dreams of others. Reflection Questions 1. What God-given dream that has been stirring in your heart is meeting resistance? 2. What is your heart saying about it? 3. What is the LORD saying about it? Quote of the Week "The loudest and most persuasive voice that tries to derail us from moving forward is most often our own." Nancy L. Kimbrough CCLC,BCC Question of the Week What are other ways a Christian leader's personal brokenness can impact ministry? I would love to hear your thoughts on this...I know I've only touched the tip of the iceberg! You can send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR click here to leave me a voice message. (Please note that your voice message may be played on a subsequent episode of Porch Conversation with Christian Leaders). Announcements Sign up for our monthly newsletter and receive a complimentary copy of the PRS Self-Assessment for Christian Leaders. Next Week Various Ways the PRS Self-Assessment Can be Used Beyond Just You......Plus More! The PRS Self-Assessment is a great tool in helping you begin to discover areas of brokenness in your personal, relational, and spiritual life. Be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter and receive a complimentary copy of the assessment. This is what we will be addressing in next week's episode. Spread the word!
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