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Digest More Leadership Books with The Vision Room’s SUMS reMix

SUMS reMix RewiredI am a big believer that leaders must be readers. But you probably have the same problem I do – more books are calling my name than I have time to digest. Sometimes I need help in knowing which are the best, and sometimes I just wish for a summary. Either way, if you’re a leader, you need to subscribe to The Vision Room’s SUMS reMix! From their website:

That’s why, for the last two years Auxano has been bringing you SUMS: Book Summaries for Church Leaders. We have been distilling the best content just for church leaders like you, and giving you immediate and practical action steps.

Now we are taking the SUMS tool to a whole new level. Every other week you can receive, not ONE, but THREE book “summaries” all focused around solving a practical church leadership problem. It’s called SUMS Remix.

And if you want a bonus reason, this month, they’ve summarized MY book, Rewired, for leaders who want to know how to use social media to share their message. (In other words, you can read the summary and not buy my book… but I’m not officially recommending that…)

So, seriously, subscribe now. It’s $48 per year, which is the cost of about 3 books on leadership, and you’ll get summaries of 3 books every two weeks, exposing you to 78 books for leaders over the course of a year.

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And by the way, I was NOT asked to write this, nor am I being compensated for it. I’ve been a SUMS reMix subscriber myself since it launched and I love it.

Leadership that Matters Is All About Conviction

Just two quotes that grabbed me, from Al Mohler’s book The Conviction to Lead:

Congregations and Christian institutions need effective leaders who are authentically Christian – whose leadership flows out of their Christian commitment. Wherever Christian leaders serve, in the church or in the secular world, their leadership should be driven by distinctively Christian conviction… If our leaders are not passionately driven by the right beliefs, we are headed for disaster. At the same time, if believers cannot lead, we are headed nowhere.

The leadership that really matters is all about conviction. The leader is rightly concerned with everything from strategy and vision to team-building, motivation, and delegation, but at the center of the true leader’s heart and mind you will find convictions that drive and determine everything else.

We need convictional leadership!

Books: People-Pleasing Pastors

People Pleasing PastorsCharles Stone has that rare gift of knowing and speaking directly to the heart of today’s shepherd-leader about the one big leadership issue we all have but rarely admit – our tendency to want to be liked. He cuts through the fluff and helps us recognize our tendency to be people pleasers and gives us a practical way back to strong, authentic leadership. Churches will be far healthier whose Pastors and leaders read this book!

From the Book’s Description

Pastors and church leaders often fall into the trap of people-pleasing. Charles Stone’s research on thousands of pastors and ministry leaders demonstrates the dangers of approval-motivated leadership. Bringing together biblical insights and neuroscience findings, Stone shows why we fall into people-pleasing patterns and what we can do to overcome these tendencies.

With practical tools for individuals and teams, Stone offers concrete resources to help you and your leadership minimize people-pleasing and have more effective ministry.

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And watch the book trailer below:

My ONE Big Resolution. Yep, Just One.

Yep. Just one.

I plan on eating better based on what I’m learning from reading The Daniel Plan. I also want to exercise and run. Those are probably typical. I also want to read through the Bible, pray more, lead better, and date my wife like crazy, blog (almost) daily to help ministry leaders, etc., etc., ad infinitum.

But… I’m reading a really good book right now called The ONE Thing. The authors point out that there is no such thing as having right “priorities” because the word priority was never meant to be plural. It comes from an old French word that means the state of being first. And if there’s one thing that we know, it’s that there can only be one first.

So, if I could live my life for just ONE thing that would help me to discover rhythm in every other area and to develop the disciplines/habits/graces/practices that lead to a well-ordered life that brings glory to my Creator, it would be…

JESUS

Knowing Him. Following Him. Becoming Like Him. Making Him famous. Leading my family and friends to Him.

I just want to put Jesus first. Over-simplified? I hope so. But I have a hunch that if I live in step with Jesus, then the Holy Spirit will empower me to be what He wants me to be for the people around me who need me.

What ONE thing do you want to live for?

Grace That is Really Grace Is EPIC Grace

Epic GraceMost of the books that I read on the subject of grace tackle it from a theological point-of-view in which the subject of grace is systematically defined and expounded upon. And I love books that comprehensively address grace, a topic with which it seems I’m never familiar enough. But sometimes, I like to read a book that builds on the foundation of a healthy theology of grace but focuses on grace lived out.

Kurt Bubna’s book Epic Grace is just that. It’s sort of a memoir that involves teaching through story. Kurt’s stories often made me laugh and always made me think. And the basis of the book is that grace is so big, so epic, that it’s the one and only thing that will get us through the thickest and thinnest experiences of our lives.

And whether Kurt intended his book to come across this way or not, I love the un-systematic nature of it. Every chapter covers an aspect of grace, or a related subject, illustrating the underlying principles from Scripture and from his own experience. It’s the kind of book that makes me want to hear Kurt read it out loud with me sitting across from him in front of a fireplace.

I think if that happened, I’d be laughing, crying, and thinking with Kurt because I, too, am a man desperately in need of Epic Grace.

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