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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Leadership Lessons Pt. 4

12. Keep the main thing the main thing. You won't find a church doing everything well. You may find a church trying to do everything, but they are not doing everything well. It's impossible! You won't find one company doing everything well. The hamburger joint doesn't try to serve Mexican food. They could, but they wouldn't do it well. You have to find out what God wants you to do and keep it the main thing. Successful churches and organizations have extreme focus. They keep the main thing the main thing!

13. Keep the vision simple and clear. The bigger People's Church gets and the more staff we hire, the more I have to fight with keeping the vision simple and clear. At People's Church, we stop doing more things than we start. We have to constantly subtract and not just add to. Once again, focus is key to making an incredible impact. Most organizations lack focus. You must keep your vision simple and clear.

14. Let your team take ownership of the vision. Our Tuesday staff meetings are long. I meet with my Executive Team for 1 hour every Tuesday. Twice a month I have lunch with them for 2 hours. I meet with the Leadership Team every Tuesday after the executive meeting for about 2 hours. You're thinking, "what in the world are you talking about in all of these meetings?" Well, I believe in having a team not employees. I don't just bark out orders during our staff meetings. We talk; we debate; we even argue (in a nice way). We get gut level honest about what's working and what's not working at People's Church. Developing a team that has ownership of the vision takes time. It takes allowing everybody on the team to give their input. Everybody must feel that their opinion matters. At People's Church, we really do have a team approach. Our team has ownership of the vision. It's not my vision; it's OUR VISION!