May 17, 2013
Maybe these simple words can do just that.
I am – the discovery of God’s plan and purpose for my life
I think – the discretionary power to discern truth from fact
I know – the power to understand
I feel – the power to assess and control emotions
I wonder – the power of understanding God’s amazing ways
I see – the power of faith, imagination, and knowledge
I believe – the power of agreeing with God and His word
I can – the power to act and the skill to accomplish
I ought – the power of conviction and resolve
I will – the power of right choices
I serve – the power of giving self to the devoted cause of others
I am sure you can embellish this list.
Your thoughts and comments are appreciated and solicited
May 9, 2013
Most teachers find it helpful and necessary to define their topic. Empowering is defined as; to give power or authority, to authorize, to enable or permit.
I have been a leader, manager, teacher, or instructor most of my life. My greatest satisfaction is sharing my life in order to improve or instruct others. The greatest satisfaction of most teachers is when others take what they have been taught and inculcates it into their lives.
Empowering takes on many different looks and styles and people can be empowered through a variety of ways. This includes a meaningful conversation, a story, a video, etc.
Empowerment occurs when others under our leadership are inspired to take a new course of action or be rejuvenated with new passion to continue their course or journey. Empowerment also occurs when a new skill is learned or someone receives new or additional authority. This type of empowerment provides the opportunity for young leaders the opportunity to expand their leadership capacity.
Here are a few ways that we can possibly empower others.
1. Coach rather than teach
A few years ago the main strategy for mentoring and counseling others was to give them your best advice. In the last few years we have come to realize there is a better method. This new style of training has been reinforced from leaders in the coaching industry. Effective coaches have taught us to coach others into discovering what’s inside of them, rather than to tell them what’s inside us. This method has proven to be both efficient and effective in empowering others.
2. Give responsibility
Some might define this as delegation. I am using the word responsibility for those ready to be further developed in leadership but not prepared for permanent delegation. In other words when we give young or undeveloped leaders temporary responsibility it sets them up for success and empowerment.
In the last few years I have searched for numerous opportunities to relinquish leadership. The growth of our organization has forced our team and myself to relinquish leadership over several key areas. The amazing thing is that most departments improved under the new leaders and the entire organization has became stronger. This was a direct result of young leaders being empowered and released to use and expand their leadership abilities.
4. Be inspiring
All leaders need inspiration. Even self-led leaders. As the Senior Leader of our organization I am continually seeking and searching for relevant means and methods to inspire our team. I have found that when you are inspiring you are empowering!
These are just a few ways to empower others. I am sure you could add several great ideas to this list.
I would love to hear from you.
Your comments are solicited and appreciated.
May 2, 2013
I have been doing a series called “Amazing.” This series is laced with a mission emphasis. Missionology has gone viral through the American church. I love to say that our church was missional before mission was cool. I have been a a Pastor for over 20 years and our vision included influencing our neighbors and [...]
April 18, 2013
Most of us aware of the missional church movement that has reached a viral level in church circles across America. The main question for most of us is; are we attractional or missional? I believe the best view is a balanced approached to both. In my opinion an attractional missional church has the best possibilities [...]
April 16, 2013
My guest blogger is Larry Williams. Here is how Larry describes himself. My name is Larry Williams and I am a Disciple of Christ, Love to Emily Williams, Father to Brea, Jackson, and Lia Williams. I am first and foremost a loving son of the most high God. My title and identity comes from him and him only. [...]
April 11, 2013
For the last several years I have had the privilege of traveling overseas. Anyone who has ever taken a flight half-way around the world knows the challenges of such an endeavor. There are obvious things to handle such as your flight, lodging, and transportation and there are also countless other unforeseen details. If you are [...]
March 27, 2013
On Passion Week The Pastors Life welcomes David “JB” Miller as a guest writer. David is a blogger and writer and host Life Letter Cafe at http://www.lifelettercafe.com/lifenotes. “Demand” . . . a simple six-letter English word that describes one who chooses “to give an insistent or urgent request”. In economic terms, when a desirable good or [...]
March 21, 2013
Easter Weekend is the Super Bowl of the Church World. It is on this day that churches have the opportunity to make a positive impression and a huge impact on their guests. In the last decade the church has made huge improvements in relevance and innovation in impacting people. Still, some churches remain ingrained in [...]