Update

Here are a few updates from the Kimbrows:

  • We sold are house! Now we need to find a lot to build on.
  • McAllister broke his arm…yep. Broken arm. You may be asking, “How did he break his arm?” Well, he fell off the back of the couch as he attempted one of his new ninja jump moves. Seriously.
  • I have a new favorite band. Boyce Avenue. They are quite amazing. If you go to their YouTube page you will be listening for a while. Lots of cool cover songs.
  • Business Time is going great. Free marriage enrichment training at NLC. One week left.
  • I have been playing racquetball like a mad man. Will I be THAT old guy? Or am I already him?…
  • So sad what has happened in Japan. Praying for them. So heartbreaking.
  • I’m reading Seth Godin’s book Linchpin. Great book.

Selecting Leaders: Positive Attitude

#6 Positive Attitude

I don’t know if you’ve ever been around a teammate with a bad attitude but it’s not cool. It’s draining. Demotivating. Bye bye team moral.

People with a positive attitude make a team irresistible. When choosing my leaders I always look for people who are a positive and life-giving. People who encourage and look at the opportunities.

Debbie Downers don’t make great leaders.

Questions to ask:

  • What was your first impression of them?
  • What do they talk about?
  • How is their attitude when things don’t go their way?

What is the Internet?

Selecting Leaders: People Skills

When selecting leaders I always look for leaders with good people skills. Here’s the reason. Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to the love God and the second greatest commandment is to love people (Matthew 22:37-40). And I just don’t know how we can love people if we don’t have people skills.

Here are some of the questions I ask:

Do they work well with people?

Are they intimidated by people?

Are they awkward around strangers?

Can they speak first to others?

Do they have great communication skills?

Can they walk up to someone they have never met and spark up a conversation?

 

Every leader on my team has to have either natural people skills or the willingness to learn. I am naturally shy. However, I knew when I became a leader that I sacrificed that trait. Over several years, I have learned how to be more outgoing and extroverted for the sake of being a spiritual leader.

Selecting Leaders: Competency

#4 Competency

Competencies are the accumulation of skills, knowledge, experiences, and abilities that make the leader valuable to the team. If you only choose leaders who only have character or leaders who you have a natural connection with then you may end up wasting your time. They have to be able to bring results and contribute to the goals of the team. I always look for people that have great work ethic because God’s mission requires great work ethic. Am I right?

I would always prefer for my leaders to already have strong self discipline and skills. The truth is that everybody has an area where they are gifted. I always make sure we have some sort of a position for every leader on my team. Their gifting needs to match up with the positions or roles that we have available. 

In Exodus 18, Jethro told Moses to “select capable men” to help him. He specified “capable men.” This obviously means there are some that are incapable and excludes those that are incapable.

In verse 22, he says, “That will make your load lighter.” Leaders should make our load lighter.

Also, in II Timothy 2:2 Paul says, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”

Decade Recap

Slick Rick Ringtone

At our DECADE event, which was NLC’s 10 year anniversary service, we just HAD to give everyone a gift. We figured a ringtone of our Pastor rapping would be quite appropriate. A couple of years ago when our creative team was shooting a video of Rick, he started rapping during one of the breaks. He thought the cameras were turned off. They weren’t. And thank God for this ringtone. Enjoy