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July 30, 2014

Guest Post: Leaders’ Math

I asked Eddie Antle, Guest Services Manager at our Newport News campus, to speak at our last All Staff meeting. It was so good that I asked him to do a recap so that I could share it here on the blog. Enjoy!

Leaders’ Math

I firmly believe in setting up my leaders for success. But first, I must identify who they are.

Each Sunday, I am evaluating every person I come into contact with to see if they could be a leader. While evaluating, I am subconsciously asking these three questions, or my rule of three:

1. Is the person an entrepreneur? (i.e. innovative, decisive, proactive, efficient)
2. Is the person full of character? (i.e. honest, reliable, own mistakes)
3. Does the person love the organization? (i.e. understands and models core values)

If I can ask myself these three questions about someone and can answer “yes” to:

Any one question: potential to be a leader
Any two questions: good leader, or potential to be
All three questions: great leader, or potential to be

Once I have figured out who my leaders are, I need to develop them. In John Maxwell’s book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, he implores readers to “Develop the best. The best will take care of the rest.” I find that if I spend 80% of my time developing and investing in the best leaders on my team, they will turn around and invest in the rest.

Maxwell explains, “Leaders who attract followers… Grow by addition. Leaders who develop other leaders… Grow by multiplication.” If I attract two followers to my team, I attract their power and influence, but nothing more. However; if I attract two leaders to my team, not only do I get their power and influence, I also get the power and influence of all their followers.

Recently, I attempted to recruit Jeff to my team. He actually said no for a few months. But I didn’t give up because, based on my rule of three, I knew Jeff was a leader. Eventually, he said yes. Jeff is now a committed member of the team and consistently invites his followers to join as well.

So, sure, we can keep adding followers to our teams, adding one by one by one. Or, we can start adding leaders by using the rule of three, exponentially increasing our teams by them and all their followers. This works for me and I am willing to bet it can work for you as well.

July 28, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us for the conclusion of our Summer Concert Series yesterday because it was awesome! The bands were great, the choirs were a neat addition for the day, and Stu shared a message from Pastor Carl Lentz all about praise. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Praise Can Be A Problem For Your Problem
2. Sometimes when the night is at its darkest, your praise needs to be at its loudest.
3. When you praise Him for how graceful He’s been to you, you realize you have no right or reason to hold back grace from anybody else.
4. Praise Has To Overcome Your Preference
5. At the end of the day, your praise has to be your priority, not your feeling.
6. We Praise God So We Don’t Forget Who He Is
7. #1 He’s Already Done More Than You Think He Has
8. #2 He’s Going To Do More Than You Think He Is Going To Do
9. How many times have I looked at the situation rather than the Savior?
10. Even when we’re faced with struggles in this life, and even when we’re confronted with challenges and difficulties and tests and trials, we can still praise our way through.

July 23, 2014

Video Update… Don’t Miss This Sunday!

July 21, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Stu’s Assistant, Katie. I hope you joined us for part 2 of our Summer Concert Series. If you missed it, you can check it out here. These are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Worship, at the most basic and foundational level, is simply responding to what we see.
2. Even if you’re not looking for Jesus, Jesus is still looking for you.
3. One moment in the presence of Jesus can change everything!
4. Nothing is ever wasted in God’s economy.
5. God has a way of taking our worst and still using them for our best.
6. Your problems become Jesus’ opportunity.
7. Do you know how much spit it takes to make mud?
8. Obedience is key if you want to see Jesus for who He is.
9. When I see what God has done for me, I have to respond in worship.
10. Worship happens when we obey what God says and remember what God did.

July 16, 2014

Video Update… Baptism at the Beach!

July 14, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us yesterday as we kicked off our Summer Concert Series! The music was great and so was the preaching! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. I, for one, am incredibly thankful for our bands, I’m incredibly thankful for the music we use and I love the fact that it leads to life change.
2. We gather…every single week for a concert where we are, in fact, not the audience, instead we are the band and we play for the audience of one – His name is Jesus Christ and He is the one that we gather for.
3. This is why you have a little empathy for old Eutychus, I on the other hand as a preacher read this story and think to myself, “he got what he deserved!”
4. I want to give you today two questions that I think can help Eutychus-proof your experience.
5. How Did You Come?
6. When you arrive expecting God to work, you never leave disappointed.
7. What Did You Bring?
8. I need some time in my life where God gets bigger so everything else in my life will get smaller.
9. Bring your praise, bring your service…bring your offering.
10. You can experience the presence of God no matter what you brought, no matter how you came, you can meet Him here.

July 9, 2014

Arm Wrestling and Q&A

July 7, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant! I hope that you joined us yesterday for our first-ever live Q&A. It was an awesome way to conclude our AHA! series. You can catch the whole service here, but these are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.
2. Be the person God wants you to be and then God will bring to you the person He wants you to be with.
3. When you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, that is a permanent, once-and-for-all thing.
4. You didn’t earn it, so you can’t lose it!
5. Contentment comes from two places… from knowing who you are and being okay with that… and then you start to practice it and live it out.
6. Fix your eyes on Jesus and when you see Jesus for who He is and you go hard after Him, all this junk in the world loses its appeal real fast.
7. Heaven is better than the best moments here on earth.
8. God speaks to us when we pray, and He always speaks to us in accordance to His Word.
9. I love the fact that our faith and our God in many ways is a glorious mystery.
10. It’s not information that will change the world, but it’s the love of Jesus.

June 30, 2014

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant! I hope that you joined us yesterday for an awesome talk called “How To Survive The End Of The World”. I had trouble narrowing down my favorite quotes, but here are a few of them:

1. The world is coming to an end and you’ll experience it in one of two ways
#1 Death
#2 Jesus Returns

2. The world as we know it will end, but there’s a better world waiting for us.
3. This old world is not our home, we’re just passing through on our way to the other side and so you don’t have to fear death.
4. Our faith is built on Jesus and the fact that he actually defeated death on our behalf.
5. The darkest days of death are overwhelmed in the victory of the resurrection!
6. If you want to know how to survive the end of the world as you know it, then you’ve just got to know Jesus and live for Him before you die. That’s it.
7. Everything that we prioritize and pour into, all of our time and effort and energy that we spent on this world, it’s all temporary.
8. This is not my home, it’s temporary and so are all of the struggles and difficulties and hard aches and disappointments that accompany this life.
9. This world is not all there is.
10. If death is inevitable and Jesus is coming back, we need to be ready and so do the people we know and love.

June 26, 2014

Video Update…VAD!