I believe every moment could be a life learning lesson. Yes, even the bad, embarrassing ones. On this particular Sunday afternoon, God made sure I learned a couple of lessons that are probably going to be a sermon illustration very shortly! Below, I wrote 2 sections: 1) The Epic Story & 2) the Learning Lesson. Go head and skip the story if you want to glean the golden nuggets of wisdom God wanted to teach me.
THE EPIC STORY: ELECTRIC CARS NEED GAS
On this particular Sunday afternoon, it was Daddy and Khoi time. We had finished an especially long weekend at church filled with festivities. My 6-year old son and I were heading home for lunch and a nap. And then it happened…
I had been driving my electric-hybrid car all weekend on “EMPTY”. Subconsicusly, I wanted to know how long can a hybrid go with the blinking “E” light. Ok, maybe not. Half-way home, I lost power to the gas pedal. Uh oh… I think I can coast this one to the closest gas station. Then, I had to stop at the red light with cars behind me and of course the there was no more power to the gas pedal. Cars were honking, and Khoi was asking, “Daddy, why aren’t we going?” I already know what my wife would have said, “Why didn’t you fill up when you had the chance? Why do you run it down all the way….”
Next, I did what every other man would do when he runs into a problem. Just turn it off, and start it up again! As if this solution fixed every IT tech support problem with modems, routers, DirecTV boxes, and laptop computer issues. YES, the car switched over to the battery, and I was able to move again out of the ensuing cars coming at me in the intersection. But luck doesn’t run in my family, and the car lost power again as I was costing into the next turn into a parking lot.
Sitting at a week long church growth conference at Saddleback Church with one of my favorite pastors, Rick Warren. I’m figuring out how to bless others while I sit here for 4 full days. This conference has been so enriching for my own leadership growth, staff team, ministry leaders, and my colleagues. I’ll be posting some of these gold nuggets over the next few posts. May it bless you in your leadership development.
Day 1: Communicating Your Purposes
It’s not enough to define your purposes and create a purpose statement. The leader’s #1 task is to continually clarify and communicate the purpose of the organization.
5 ways to communicate Vision & Purpose:
- Specifics (Strategy)
Don’t be afraid to repeat yourself. Nobody gets it the first time. Say it over and over in fresh ways. Practice “Creative Redundancy!”
I want to focus on the SLOGAN point. Slogans are short, memorable statements that people can recite. No one ever remembers a 10 minute speech, 45 minute sermon, or even a lecture outline last week. But, Slogans are powerful tools to help reinforce VALUES of an organization. I went ahead and started making a collection of Saddleback Slogans. CLICK HERE
If you’re at Saddleback, do you see any that I have missed? For everyone else, comment below and give me some of your best slogans that reinforces a value.