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Leadership
Dan Rockwell offers this list of the top 12 reasons that leaders fail.  Take a look at the list.  How many fallen leaders do you know that failed because of something on this list?  Also… do some self-inspection  Are there things on this list that you need to watch out for personally?
  1. Neglecting culture. Culture building is job-one for all leaders.
  2. Lack of paranoia. The paranoid think about what could go wrong and make contingency plans.
  3. Bitterness, grudges, and resentment. People fail. Successful leaders allow fresh starts.
  4. Task rather than people focus.
  5. Accepting complexity.
  6. Lack of political awareness. Successful leaders build relationships with powerful players.
  7. Failure to sell successes and accomplishments with humility. If the right people don’t know your value, you aren’t valuable.
  8. Trusting the untested. Talent without a track record is dangerous.
  9. Fearing great talent.
  10. Postponing tough conversations.
  11. People pleasing.
  12. Refusing to adapt. Adaptability is the greatest ability.
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Leadership
Seth Godin wrote something recently that I think is totally true.
Successful people fail often, and, worth noting, learn more from that failure than everyone else.
I have the opportunity to work with a ton of really healthy churches… and  I can tell you that this is a value in each and everyone one of them. Every one of them fails. And every one of them learns from their failures so that they can do better next time. If you look at failure as a negative in your ministry, you probably won’t fail much. And if you don’t fail much, you probably won’t get much right either. This ‘reaching people’ stuff is important stuff.  We need to be willing to stick our necks out there, risk a little, and see what works.  If we don’t, we’re destined to only more of the same. via Seth’s Blog: How to fail. Thoughts?
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Current Events
One of the more original ideas for a pastor’s conference that I’ve seen. And not a bad one at that… According to their website, the idea for this conference came from two sources: A blog post from J.R. Briggs, a pastor at Renew Community in Lansdale, Pa and the wildly popular site www.epicfail.com. A few dangerous questions were asked: -What if we offered a space that is gutsy, hopeful, courageously vulnerable for pastors to let go of the burden to be a Super Pastor? -What if we could hold an event that was free from the thrills and frills of other pastors conferences? -What if we came together as epic failures and sought not successful models or how-do’s but instead celebrated faithfulness in ministry because of the reality of Jesus? -What if we were reminded that we’re not responsible for being ‘successful’ in ministry, but we are responsible for being faithful to the calling that God has laid out for us – regardless of the outcome? -What if we had a conference that was not led not by famous pastors who are household names, but by scandalously ordinary ministers and leaders who are faithfully attempting to join with God – even in the midst of glaring obscurity and anonymity? That post attracted more hits than any other post that J.R. had written in seven years. People from all over the world began contacting J.R. through the blog, email, phone and text messages saying, ‘I’m in! Where do I sign up?” We knew we had struck a nerve. We were on to something significant. This excited us and freaked us out. The result:  The Epic Fail Pastor’s Conference.  Check it out! via Epic Fail Pastors Conference :: April 14-16, 2011.

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