January 2013 Takeaways: Wisdom & Truth Gleaned From Coaching Calls.

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Sometimes it seems like all God ever says is, “Trust Me, trust Me, trust Me. Will you trust Me?”

We (pastors) know how to read the Word, study the Word, exegete the Word, and Teach the Word. But do we know how to meditate on the Word?

Practicing the spiritual disciplines is a balance between effort and freedom, being hard on yourself and easy on yourself.

There is a thin line between motivation and manipulation and you can cross over into manipulation and not even know it. Be careful out there.

There is a mystical union with Christ that occurs when the pastor (or anyone for that matter) takes on the role of intercessor and prays for his/her people.

Spiritual Direction has come into vogue because most pastors no longer provide spiritual direction. Pastors must return to the practice of spiritual direction.

Nothing contributes to church growth quite like church growth.

There will be some things we do that seem small in the eyes of man but are very big in the eyes of God. See what God sees.

What goes around, comes around…one way or another.

As leaders we will always be shot at and at times we will take some hits.  That’s called “Bleedership.”

Say the hard things before it’s hard to say things.

Pastor says, “I’m not taken seriously by my denomination because my church is small. All I ever hear about or hear from are the “big-boys.” I think I’ve heard this about a gazillion times. (Is that a number?)

It really feels good to stop hitting your head against a wall. What walls have you been hitting your head against? What would happen if you stopped?

The pastor, then his/her leaders, then the church as a whole, must know these three things:

1. Who we (the church) are.

2. Where we’re going.

3. How we will get there.

We focused on the topic of vision. Three questions:

1. What do you see (vision)?

2. How will you describe it?

3. How will you move your church towards it?