Leadership Development and Growth with Michael Pollard – LM0211

How do I become a great leader?

I’s a common question that many of us ask. And if we think of great leaders, we may think of business, military, political, or spiritual leaders as examples. However, that doesn’t always paint a picture of the path to get there.

As Michael Pollard reveals, that path may not always be as linear as we’d like to think. And it is often NOT easy. However, for those called to lead well, there are no shortcuts.

Listen to discover:

  • The role mentors played in Michael’s life
  • How Michael’s leadership shifted after he left the military
  • Whether leadership is different in the military
  • The difference between authority that is given and authority that is earned
  • What Michael lives for
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The Ice Cream Machine At McDonalds Is Broken

I travel, safe to say I think, more than most. As I type I’m on a plane.  I travel about every other week, sometimes more.  Maybe this is why I’ve noticed we have a problem down at the local Micky D’s.  Especially when driving cross country, you are looking for a convenient, quick and clean place to get rid of that coffee you really had to have a few hours before.  But you can’t buy a meal every time.  Stops kill your time results.  Also, you aren’t hungry, but a cone sounds nice!  Right?  Wrong.

My last rendezvous with this fact was quite recent, and this angst has been building for a while, to be honest.  What can I say, I like ice cream.

My wife and I were about to get into a stretch of I-20/59 that is pretty sparsely populated. We called an audible and took the exit. Would it be false hope that the Golden Arches inspired? I told her as we pulled in, “I bet you $10 the ice cream machine is broken.” When we walked out, I wanted to know where my money from the bet was. Oh, I wasn’t surprised, but more like the final squeaks of a balloon that’s loosing all it’s air, my final gasp of confidence in getting a cone from this place (or it’s billon other locations) left me with a grunt. I’m done, I told her. Let’s never stop for anything at McD’s ever again. She agreed.

Oh, the irony!

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Are Conspiracy Theories Biblical?

Some people tend to attribute anything they dislike to the intentional design of a few influential “others.”  

Karl Popper

There are topics that chase you everywhere, and even if you want to avoid them, sooner or later must be addressed. Conspiracy theories is one of them. 

The Church is experiencing a real division between those who support and disseminate conspiracy theories and those who consider them only the result of ignorance. The main channel used for this kind of discussion is social media. 

We all know how difficult it is to have constructive and calm discussions on social media networks or on messaging groups. This is the result of a combination of several concurrent factors, including the absence of body language, the presumption of knowing other’s ideas before he or she expresses them, and a limited knowledge of the medium and its communication rules, the so-called “netiquette”. Yet, we persist in using them to proclaim our truths to the world expecting to solve, with a few posts, issues that have been discussed for centuries. 

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There Is An Escape

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There is an escape from dominance by the spirit of the age, which is Christ and His grace. The systems and strategy that the enemy uses against us, we are no match for, in our own strength. This can be clearly seen in the example of the man and the woman in the garden of old. To face spiritual forces in natural strength creates a very predictable outcome. But let’s not lose heart! We have access to the Tree of Life, Himself!

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Spiritual Maturity

Esta es una traducción del texto original publicado en Inglés, si deseas leer el texto original haz click aquí: Madurez Espiritual

As we grow in spiritual maturity, our desire grows toward mutuality.  We want to have a contribution, and we want to grow in our contribution.  Often as we are in the beginning stages of our journey, we look for and seek everything and everyone who will make a contribution to and for us, with little thought toward contributing. This is normal and shouldn’t cause any alarm.  “What’s in it for me?” is an expression of immaturity, coming from an immature mind and perspective…

Dependence, Independence, Interdependence 

We can see this in Paul’s thoughts on impartation in Romans 1.  Here he explains that impartation is, in fact, mutual.  It’s not something that the “great man” or “great woman” comes to town to do, it’s something that we participate in, mutually.

10 always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be [h]established; 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.
So much of what we see around us, and even the way things are constructed, in effect locks us into immaturity.  Don’t be alarmed, however, if Jesus is the one you are following, He will lead you on, beyond these things!

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False Security

Para leer la traducción al Español de éste arículo haz click aqui: Falsa Seguridad

This content may be controversial, and may talk about things you have no personal experience with.  I want to be careful to share this in a way that isn’t unnecessarily weird,  mystical or “super spiritual”.  Also, I want to ask you to hear me out and try to consider the entire content of what I am sharing, then process thru it, before making a judgement or having a reaction.  I’ll be happy to answer questions or clarify as needed, after the fact.  This is not intended to be a teaching on these kind of experiences.

I had an experience from the Holy Spirit in the early 2000s, something like 2001 or 2002, wherein I was shown some things from the perspective of the future, almost 20 years beyond where we are now.  It took me some years to get a sense of what was being communicated, and some things were immediately obvious. In my experience, I knew that false security was in the process of being removed from the earth.  It WAS NOT in the early stages.  Much of the false security was gone, whether those falsities that construct errant worldview, right on down to those that people use as coping mechanisms. It’s strange how in dreams or experiences like this you can just “know” something.  This was one of those types of experiences.  There was a lot more to the experience, most of which is not necessary to share at this moment.  I think the timely thing, the thing that needs to be shared now, is about false security.

Why is this important to share now after almost 20 years?

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Patriarchal Perspective

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Abraham was a man of vision, which was a result of the voice of God to him, relaying to him a prophecy of what was to come. In all likelihood, the expanse of the unfolded future relayed to him seemed a fantasy of sorts. It was big. It was long range. And it outsized his circumstances. This is only the beginning of the story, and Abraham as initial collaborator, embraced it.

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Painful Realization

The hardest thing to learn is what you think you already know, right?

Pain is a faithful instructor…

I read some years ago that the product of a team and the product of individuals aren’t the same. I’ve come to believe / realize the truth in this. Here’s the story that drove it home like no other. It was 2005 and I’d just returned from an extreme missions training pilot course. My mind was being brought into the light of teamwork in ways I thought I already knew.

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What We Have / What We Need

What we have is not what we need, no matter how appealing the marketing has become.

We can try to fit into what is, and find our place, but that will cost us the real fit and actual contribution that Jesus offers us. What is all around us, making its pitch for “membership”, is a religious framework, a construct of men. Taking the bait, we are being beguiled, robbed really, of the higher and better. It has to do with our perspective, our worldview, and the low and beggarly appeals that seek to distract us and prevent our farther entry into Christ. Now, we cannot escape the context we are in, but we can transcend it. This is why Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble, but cheer up, I have overcome the world.” Veiled In this elaboration, like a hidden treasure, is His invitation to you to overcome the world, with Him. Jesus was in this world, but not of it. That is our birthright in Him. Let’s walk in it.

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Becoming

The constant undertow of pleasure, self-centeredness, and vanity draws us away from a life of meaning and consequence. How do we fight against these foes? To fight them directly, or head on, can be an exercise in futility. We never transcend our problems by focusing on them. We have to realize (and believe) that there is a overarching intention in life, generally, and in our lives, specifically. What are we / what am I called to do or be? It’s important to take onboard that your creation was, and is, intentional. Surely you were made for more than just what you can produce…. Right? I think so.

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Pastor Centric Leadership – LM0162


Recorded on location in Central Mexico, during an FXMissions Leaders Summit. Jonathan and Anna Ceci, a young couple from Mexico City, join us to add some generational perspective on church / ministry leadership in Latin America. Pastor Centric…. what does that term mean to you? Find out what it means from their perspective.

One Road Leads Home…

And a thousand into the wilderness.

The road leading home is the road of obedience. Unless your course is fixed, you are powerless before a thousand options, regardless of how “empowered” you may feel.

This reference to the wilderness, tho I am not sure it was CS Lewis’ meaning in his original statement, has a curious parallel to the children of Israel’s trek, a trek we are all on, in a manner of speaking. Our individual journeys will fill up a lifetime, but will it be a lifetime of wandering here and there, filled with false hopes & failing motivations, distractions, misleadings and unfulfilled promise? The choice was theirs, and it is ours, as well. Continue reading “One Road Leads Home…”

5 Levels of Leadership

Some years ago, I came into contact with the idea of 5 Levels of Leadership, I believe through a “cassette tape”… remember those? 🙂 To my knowledge (and memory, haha) it was an audiobook by John Maxwell, entitled, Developing The Leader Within You. Even tho it was years back, I haven’t forgotten it. It has helped my perspective on leadership and influence since that time, and has helped me understand more about how leadership works.

Recently I had an encounter that reminded me of this concept, and discussed it one of our core team members. I pass it on here, in hopes that it will add to your growing perspective and worldview on the subject of influence, authority and leadership.

At the time I initially encountered the 5 Levels of Leadership idea, I have to admit most of the authority I was familiar with (and was operating in) was level 1. Surprisingly, that was no discouragement to me. I was happy to find out that this was a good place to start and that you could only grow (or go up) from there.

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The Key to Spiritual and Mental Clarity in Confusing Times – LM0215

We know that God loves us and wants the best for us. But that doesn’t mean that things will always be easy, or that we’re never at risk of being deceived.

Concluding our time with Terance Clark, he and Scott talk about what God has revealed and how many Believers aren’t prepared for what’s coming next. But that doesn’t mean we’re without hope.

Listen to Discover:

  • Why the saints are weak and what’s causing unbelief.
  • What many of us forget, but we MUST remember – or we will be unpleasantly surprised.
  • What we should focus on.
  • How there’s grace and rest, even in the struggle.

Resources

About the Leadership Moment

Scott McClelland of Foundational Missions shares bite-sized insights into leadership, with a focus on the Bible, missions, and ministry. He pulls from a wide variety of sources and always has something to inspire and challenge us to greatness.

How to KNOW God’s Voice – LM0214

A word from God is powerful. It can sustain. It can direct. It can encourage or give freedom. And, thankfully, we know that God speaks to us in many ways – and continues to do so, even to today.

But, as we look across the landscape, it seems like so many Christian leaders say they’re sharing what God has shown them, yet disagree amongst themselves, as though God might be unsure what He’s saying. And we know that God is not a God of confusion.

We know it’s important to hear from God. But how can we know that it’s really God’s voice?

As we continue the conversation we started with Terance Clark in the last episode, you’ll discover 

  • Why it seems like there’s so much contradiction.
  • What’s often missing in our spiritual disciplines.
  • Whose point of view really matters.
  • Some ways God can enlighten us to how we’re seeing things incorrectly.
  • What happens when we get ahead of what God’s revealed to us.
  • What might need to happen as we begin to hear from God.
  • What is often the source of self-promotion (hint: self-promotion isn’t a problem, it’s a symptom).
  • How God gives us rest.

Resources

About the Leadership Moment

Scott McClelland of Foundational Missions shares bite-sized insights into leadership, with a focus on the Bible, missions, and ministry. He pulls from a wide variety of sources and always has something to inspire and challenge us to greatness.

Terance Clark Shares A Supernatural God Encounter – LM0213

What does leadership have to do with a supernatural encounter with God?

As Terance Clark shares, sometimes it takes these kinds of experiences to get us to set aside our preconceptions, our desire to know and to control, and to lay down the things that preoccupy us.

For some, this might be an uncomfortable idea -that we can experience the supernatural. That God might actually bypass our expectations and intervene.

However, we have clear biblical examples of God doing just that. And there’s no reason that God can’t continue to reveal Himself however He wills.

Listen to Discover:

  • What reverence and fear of God really means.
  • What can happen when we fail to realize who God REALLY is.
  • What we’re often preoccupied with.
  • How God’s perspective on leadership is different from our current cultural expectation.
  • How God wants us to share what He’s shown or told us.

Resources

About the Leadership Moment

Scott McClelland of Foundational Missions shares bite-sized insights into leadership, with a focus on the Bible, missions, and ministry. He pulls from a wide variety of sources and always has something to inspire and challenge us to greatness.

The True Reward of Leadership Development with Michael Pollard – LM0212

It seems like everywhere we look, leadership is glorified. It’s important, to be sure, but the real value of leadership is often overlooked while we focus on what seems to be glamorous.

Michael Pollard draws from his experience, as well as years of leadership development and training, to share with us what is truly rewarding in leadership.

Listen to Discover:

  • What actually provides motivation.
  • How many leaders actually spend their time, and why that’s upside down.
  • Why great leaders often lose great people.
  • What attracts great people.
  • Why Walgreens was able to thrive, while their competitor, Eckerds, did not. And what that means to leaders.

No matter where you are in your leadership journey, it’s always great to come back to the fundamentals of excellent leadership.

Resources

About the Leadership Moment

Scott McClelland of Foundational Missions shares bite-sized insights into leadership, with a focus on the Bible, missions, and ministry. He pulls from a wide variety of sources and always has something to inspire and challenge us to greatness.