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6 Keys to Motivating Millennial Church Leaders

If you have any millennials on your church staff you know that they’re different. And while many traditional church leaders are quick to equate a different approach with being a wrong approach, wise leaders know that different just means different. Not necessary wrong. In fact it could even be better. Millennials can, will, and are doing some amazing ministry. Like it or not they are coming into their own in church leadership, and they’re the ones that are going to lead the church forward. So instead of complaining about them we might as well help them. Try these 6 approaches to motivate the millennial leaders on your church staff.

1. Help me Avoid Boredom

Millennials have grown up with the constant interruption of smart phones and sound bites. This has conditioned them to be great at multitasking. So don’t expect them to sit down and work the way you did with tremendous focus on one thing for an extended period of time. Help them avoid that monotony and dabble with multiple things at one time. They’ll have more fun and produce more results.

2. Help me Join a Cause

Everyone knows that millennials are cause oriented. But what most churches haven’t come to grips with yet is that one of the key reasons so many millennials are leaving the church is they don’t view the church as a cause worth giving their life to. Is your church an institution or a movement? Have you turned the Gospel into something to be dissected and intellectually understood or something that is powerful and mysterious? Help them see the church as a cause worth giving their life to.

3. Help me Manage my Heart

Feelings are more important than facts to millennials. While it might not make sense to some previous generations they think more with their heart than their head. That’s not to say they aren’t brilliant it’s just to say their motivation is more centered around the question, “Does this feel right?” Church leaders can help millennials by increasing their emotional intelligence and being more thoughtful about how their actions may be perceived and how they may affect the feelings of others rather than just give way to simple facts and plans.

4. Help me See the Win

Millennials have grown up in a world of instant gratification, access, and results. Anybody who has been in ministry for any length of time knows that’s not how it really works. Life just doesn’t work that way. So we’ve got to help celebrate the small wins of life change that happen along the way. Help them celebrate the first downs along the way and help them make the connection between their day-to-day ministry and the vision.

5. Help me be True to Myself

Millennials aren’t going to follow someone or be a part of something that feels inauthentic to them. The best gift that church leaders can give millennials is to exercise real leadership and stop leading through position, title, or power and learn to lead with humility and personhood. They won’t simply respect you for your position but instead for who you are and the value you add. In this way millennials are a gift to challenge many church leaders to lead in a way that they may have forgotten.

6. Help me Understand “Why”

In recent years Simon Sinek made the phrase, “start with why” famous. Millennials don’t just want to know your plan. They don’t want to simply know what you want them to do, they want to know the why behind it. They need to buy into the reason behind the plan of action. Help them buy into the why.


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Leadercast 2014 Recap

If you missed the 2014 Leadercast, then you missed some great content, great speakers, and incredible ideas that have the potential to shift your thinking when it comes to leadership. But no worries! Now you’ve got all the notes to every session right here at your fingertips for free! Hope you enjoy!

1. Becoming a Beyond You Leader

Andy Stanley, author and Lead Pastor at North Point Community Church walked through 3 ways to become a leader that makes an impact and leaves a legacy that goes beyond you.

2. The Wake of a Leader

Best selling author and leadership psychologist, Dr. Henry Cloud, talked about the wake that leaders leave behind them as they travel towards the future.

3. 4 Characteristics of a Good Leader

ArchBishop Desmond Tutu challenged leaders to imagine a world where leaders didn’t make decisions based only on strategy or economics, but what was best for everyone involved.

4. Nothing Prepares Your for Leadership as much as Experience

First Lady Laura Busch was interviewed about her experience in the White House and having a first hand seat to watching world changing decisions happen every single day.

5. Legitimate Leadership

Best selling author and speaker Malcolm Gladwell discussed 3 characteristics that legitimize any given leader as someone worth following.

6. The Dream of a Leader

Bill McDermott, Co-CEO and Executive Board Member of SAP challenged leaders to find, keep, and chase their dream.

7. Leadership is a Practice not an Event

Leadercast concluded with leadership expert and best selling author Simon Sinek who challenged leaders to lead with courage.


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Leadercast 2014: Simon Sinek

Leadercast concluded with Leadership Expert and best selling author Simon Sinek. Interested in learning more about Simon’s past work? Check out this post: “Why Telling People What to do Makes them Stupid”

“In the military we give medals to people who sacrifice themselves for the sake of other. In the business world we give bonuses to people who sacrifice others so we may gain.”

  • Leaders always set the tone for the organization
  • We can’t solve complex problems by ourselves but in groups we’re remarkable
  • The only thing we have control of is the environment inside the organization
  • At the sound of violence it’s a mother’s instinct to throw themselves on the top of their child
  • When danger threatens, it’s the leaders instinct to save their teams.
  • We call someone a leader because they go first

“The one characteristic any successful leader needs to have is courage”

  • Great leaders want their followers to grow beyond where they are themselves
  • Marine Corp tradition: The most junior person eats first. The most senior officers eat last
  • But in business, we tell entrepreneurs, “Pay yourself first”
  • Leadership is a responsibility not a rank
  • When you put the well-being of others before yourself, they in turn look after you
  • You can’t measure good leadership on a daily basis.
  • Leadership is a practice, not an event.
  • We all want to feel safe around the people we work with. Are you creating that safety for your team?

 


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Leadercast 2014

I’m excited to announce that Sun Valley Community Church is hosting Leadercast  for the fourth straight year! It’s going to be an incredible one day leadership event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Georgia to hundreds of locations around the world.

This year’s theme — Beyond You — challenges leaders to leverage their influence for the sake of others. Join some of the nations best leaders at Leadercast Live on May 9, 2014 and discover what it means to be a leader worth following.

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014

Time: Registration & Breakfast begin at 7:00am | The conference begins at 8:00am & concludes at 4:00pm

Location: Sun Valley Community Church, Gilbert, AZ

Cost: $79.00 for Stadium Seating or $89.00 for Floor/Table Seating | Event ticket price includes continental breakfast, snacks and lunch served on site. Each table seats eight. There will be additional tables available for lunch seating. Drawing for a free stay-cation at Gilbert Hyatt Place will be held at the end of the day!

Registration: To register you and your team click here! I look forward to seeing you there!

Speakers: Check out this incredible line up of speakers! Andy Stanley | Malcolm Gladwell | Archbishop Desmond Tutu | Randall Wallace | Bill McDermott | Laura Schroff | Dr. Henry Cloud | Simon Sinek | Laura Bush

 


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Why Telling People What to do makes them Stupid

While directions and plans may help you put together furniture from Ikea (with a little luck), put together your kids toys on Christmas Eve or even build enormous buildings and superstructures they don’t inspire people to give their lives to a cause or join a movement. After all, Martin Luther King Jr. said ‘I have a dream’, not ‘ I have a plan’.

While telling people what to do may help you accomplish your plan, the dark side to telling people what to do is that it builds a culture that…

1. Repels Leaders

2. Thwarts Innovation

3. Discourages Involvement

4. Stifles the Development of Talent

5. Undermines Creativity

6. Uses People instead of Empowers them

7. Avoids Risk and Plays it Safe

What else would you add to the list? What experience do you have with leaders who seem to have the need to tell people what to do? I’d love to hear your thoughts, leave a comment. Want to dig into this idea further? Check out this TED Talk by Simon Sinek.


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