How is our Building a Great Heritage Capital Campaign going? Very good under the circumstances. We have commitments of $287,000 promised over a three year period with over $80,000 having come in already. This is a very difficult period for many people during this recession. Many people have either lost their jobs or have been cut back. Some are behind and others are ahead. We are confident that everyone is going to meet or exceed their commitments plus we have new people in the church who are going to be joining us soon. Please do not feel condemned if you are behind, it is alright to catch up as you get your jobs back on track.
Substandard Road Analysis (SRA): One of the items that is holding up our project is the SRA evaluation of Livingston Road from US 41 to County Line. Pasco County is requiring our church to hire a special engineer to determine Livingston Road’s ability to support increased usage by a new church being built. It was a $10,000 project that we were going to have to pay for. A great praise report is that an apartment building north of our property, who is also building on our road, is paying to have this done. They have done all the work and are negotiating with Pasco County on their findings. When done, we will be able to piggy back off of their finding at little cost. The results will determine how much “proportionate share” we will have to pay into a “superfund” to fix roads in other parts of the county. At some undetermined time in the future, Pasco County will upgrade the road in front of our church.
One of the finest books on leadership that I have ever read is from John C. Maxwell. Revised and updated in 2007 for the 10th anniversary of The 21 Irrefutable Laws, this book is rightly regarded as a foundational piece of the leadership movement.
As the title indicates, Maxwell presents 21 laws of leadership, all of which are freestanding but do interlocks to one another. You can learn a lot simply by reviewing the 21 laws with his explanation of each.
1. The Law of the Lid: Leadership Ability Determines a Person’s Level of Effectiveness
2. The Law of Influence: The True Measure of Leadership Is Influence – Nothing More, Nothing Less
3. The Law of Process: Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day
4. The Law of Navigation: Anyone Can Steer the Ship, but It Takes a Leader to Change the Course
5. The Law of Addition: Leaders Add Value by Serving Others
6. The Law of Solid Ground: Trust Is the Foundation of Leadership
7. The Law of Respect: People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than Themselves
8. The Law of Intuition: Leaders Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias
9. The Law of Magnetism: Who You Are Is Who You Attract
10. The Law of Connection: Leaders Touch a Heart Before They Ask for a Hand
11. The Law of the Inner Circle: A Leader’s Potential Is Determined by Those Closest to Him
12. The Law of Empowerment: Only Secure Leaders Give Power to Others
13. The Law of the Picture: People Do What People See
14. The Law of Buy-In: People Buy into the Leader, Then the Vision
15. The Law of Victory: Leaders Find a Way for the Team to Win
16. The Law of the Big Mo: Momentum is a Leader’s Best Friend
17. The Law of Priorities: Leaders Understand That Activity Is Not Necessarily Accomplishment
18. The Law of Sacrifice: A Leader Must Give Up to Go Up
19. The Law of Timing: When to Lead Is as Important as What to Do and Where to Go
20. The Law of Explosive Growth: To Add Growth, Lead Followers – To Multiply, Lead Leaders
21. The Law of Legacy: A Leader’s Lasting Value is Measured by Succession
My favorite law, which in my opinion is the best explanation of what leadership is all about, is the Law of Influence. This law helps us to understand why some people can draw large followings without being people of integrity. At time they even use their leadership for evil. How great it is though when people of integrity use influence to go great things for God.
The best way to profit from this book is to read one chapter a week and let each principle sink into your life. After 21 short weeks you will be on a the right road to becoming a better leader.
Jesus– “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Matthew 9:37-38
“For too many years, the clergy have been expected to do the ministry of the church. This led to church goers with a consumer’s attitude. As churches become more seeker-sensitive, there is a danger that their services appear more like performances – further fueling the consumer attitude. This leads to more and more turnover as people go church shopping, trying to find one that ‘meets my needs’.” Church Volunteer Central
I see this every day as people come into the church to see what “your” church has to offer them. Jesus said so himself, that we exist not to be served, but to serve. I often wonder that if the reason that some people’s lives are not blessed is because they are not following the promise in Romans 8 when it says that God will cause all things to work together for good for those who are called according to His’ purposes.
The first step is to ask God what are my gifts and where do you want me to use them at. If you don’t know what your gifts are, there is a link in an earlier posting where you can take an online giftedness test. So, find out, roll up your sleeves, and go to work.
Extreme Times Call For Extreme Measures
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 NKJV
What kind of faith do we need today? Using an often quoted citation which says, “Extreme times call for extreme measures,” well, we need some extreme faith. How do we build up extreme faith? Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Strong, overcoming, mountain moving faith comes from reading, memorizing, listening to preaching about, and confessing of God’s Word. What does this entail? It is going to be some discipline and hard work on our part. Instead of watching TV, listening to the radio, or just goofing off, we are going to have to feed our spirits with positive life changing messages. So, lets get started today feeding our faith with God’s Words.
This fall we are going to have many small group offerings at Heritage. One of them I am especially excited about is “Learning to be an Effective Parent of a Teen.” The reason for this is that I have three teens. I have found that raising teens have been quite complicated. We are going to help each other to raise champion kids in a crazy world. Some of the topics we will cover are:
- Making the Teen Years the Best Years
- Helping Teens Leave Home in Honor
- Finding the Best Solution to Any Conflict
- Keeping Anger Levels Low
- Preparing Teens to Stay Connected to Their Christian Values
If these interest you, please sign up at church or on the website at yesheritage.com.
Churches are organized in a lot of different ways. One criticism of long running churches is that they are loaded down with rules and regulations to control past abuses by pastors and church leaders. Much of the time these layers of rules burden creative people from even attempting to accomplish great things for God. On the other hand, there must be integrity in the church. Our church for example, is an independent, non-denominational church, but we still have some great checks and balances to provide integrity for our congregation. Although far from perfect, we have chosen a model (not new to us) that is as stream lined as possible with enough checks and balances to ensure integrity.
Our Layers of Leadership
- Pastor – Oversees the overall operations of the church both spiritual and physical.
- Elders – Mature Christians chosen by the pastor to advise the pastor in spiritual matters in the church and handle conflicts between church members.
- Deacons – Christians who volunteer within the church for various positions that facilitate the everyday operations of the church. Although not all volunteers meet the full qualification of a biblical deacon, all Christians should be in training to meet those qualifications.
- Trustees – Trustees are men and women who are skilled in the business matters of a church. They do things such as set the pastor’s salary, review the financials and make sure the church is run ethically and with good business practices.
- Staff – Most staff are hired by the pastor to assist him in the day to day administrating the local church body.
- Overseer – Overseers are pastors or full-time ministers who volunteer to be called on by anyone in the church who might have a spiritual, moral, or physical complaint against the pastor. Heritage has one Overseer who is a full time pastor of New Life Church in Orange City, Florida. John Gryglewicz has over 20 years of experience as a pastor and is available for any church member to talk to in case they have a serious complaint. He can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.