It is an honor leading a healthy, growing church. Many Sundays I feel like a kite in God’s hurricane. One of the hacks our team is committed to is that we never stop learning. When a leader stops learning, they stop leading!
Proverbs 8:11 (and again in 16:16) tells us to gain wisdom, whatever the cost! I’ve invested a lot of time and money into learning and growing as a leader, which in turn helps Life Church Michigan reach more people far from God.
When a leader gets better, everyone gets better!
Besides reading books and listening to podcasts, the biggest bang for my buck has been spending time with high-impact leaders and receiving coaching.
I want to always maintain a posture of humility and learn from leaders who further down the road in terms of wisdom and experience. You become who you hang out with — I want to learn from the best!
For what it’s worth, here’s a list of coaches who have enhanced my personal leadership in 2017:
- Bob Goff – Bob spent a day with us at Life Church in April — it was like drinking out of a fire hose!
- Perry Noble – Perry and I go waaaay back and I deeply appreciate his coaching and mentorship in my life. Perry’s doing a Free Leadership Event here at Life Church in September and recently released a free e-book on leadership.
- Bob Franquiz – I’ve known Bob Franquiz and Mark Rodriguez since 2004, but only recently began receiving coaching from them this past year (I’ve posted a ton of my personal notes on my Instagram). Bob and Mark are helping Life Church develop a solid assimilation and on-going discipleship program that we are rolling out this Fall. I highly recommend Church Ninja!
- Chan Kilgore – I’ve known Chan for over a decade, going back to my Acts 29 days. I spent a couple hours in an Orlando Starbucks with Chan earlier this year just pummeling him with leadership questions — everything he shared with me has helped elevate our environments at Life Church.