What I believe before the meeting is more important than what I do in the meeting. (Sent Thu, Mar 31st, 2016)

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"The Kingdom of God is not advanced by good conduct. 
It’s moved forward by good beliefs." – Steve Backlund

Dear Mighty Pastor, 

I remember that Sunday night service in Round Mountain, NV. Only three people showed up (Wendy, me, and one more person). There were many lies I was tempted to believe about my people and about myself. "You are a failure as a leader," or "You are pastoring a non-committed group of people," or "This meeting has less potential because of how few people are here," or "You should focus more on who is not in the meeting than who actually is in the meeting." Ha ha ha.

It was in that season the Lord was impressing this truth on me: "Instead of trying to do something great, why don't you do what you are doing now with great faith?" This was a key truth of breakthrough for me.

This truth helped me to intentionally release my faith before meetings I would attend (whether church services, counseling meetings, board meetings, etc.). I believe on many levels that what I believe before the meeting is more important than what I do in the meeting

Here is an experiment for you to do: Make powerful declarations before every meeting you have in the next few days. Feel free to let us know how this affects you and the meetings.

For more on this (and how to overcoming the spirit of foreboding), read my blog "Seeding the Clouds of Your Future."

Unreasonably Optimistic,

PS. Michael Brodeur and I are holding an Ignited Leaders Conference in the San Francisco Bay Area from May 19-21. You are invited! Click below for more info. 
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Book – 
Possessing Joy 

In His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). Joy is meant to increase as we go deeper in our relationship with God. Religious tradition, however, has devalued the roles that gladness and laughter has for personal victory and kingdom advancement. 

This book will take you on a journey toward the headwaters of the full joy that Jesus often spoke of.

Blog –


Calling joy “terrifying” may seem strange, but Dr. Brene Brown explains that the fear stems from having our joy taken away. Yet truly joyful people do not allow fear to take away from fully experiencing joy. 

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Should pastors apologize for talking about this? (Sent Thu, Mar 17th, 2016)

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"The Kingdom of God is not advanced by good conduct. 
It’s moved forward by good beliefs." – Steve Backlund

Dear Mighty Pastor, 

Before I get into today's encouragement topic, here is the link for info for the leaders conference I am doing with Michael Brodeur in the San Francisco Bay Area on May 19-21. It is going to be a GREAT conference for all leaders, especially church leaders and their teams. 

Okay, then let's get to the topic at hand. What is it that many pastors feel they need to walk on egg shells when speaking about? It is money. I used to have this problem, but then the Lord instilled in me the following beliefs and core values that helped me overcome this hesitancy:

  • One of the greatest things a church leader can do is help their people be successful in finances. 
  • Pastors are to believe it would be dumb not to believe their ministry was good soil for people to sow financial seed. 
  • People will be motivated to give to a big vision, but not so much to need. 

Here is a core value from Help! I Am a PastorI equip those I lead to be financially successful so they can be trusted with true spiritual riches – Our ministry trains people to be successful in every area of life, including finances. I believe the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25 implies every person is endowed with the ability to increase, and Luke 16:11 reveals healthy financial stewardship is the “kindergarten” of being able to receive true spiritual riches. Our church offers necessary training to help people budget, get out of debt, learn how to give consistently, build wealth, and succeed in business and the workplace. 
Supporting verses: Luke 16:11, Deuteronomy 8:18

Unreasonably Optimistic,

PS. Scroll down for a great blog by Kris Vallotton where he shares about the power of a Wealthy Mentality.
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Kris Vallotton shares the power of a Wealth Mentality as a believer including powerful scriptural insights from the bible!

Book – Money and the Prosperous Soul

In a warm, conversational style, De Silva (chief financial officer of Bethel Church) combines practical financial teaching with sound biblical truth.

As you uncover the root spiritual issues behind money problems, you will see how financial and spiritual success starts with a soul centered on God.

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The Number 1 Reason Many Pastors Fail? (Sent Fri, Feb 26th, 2016 )

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"The Kingdom of God is not advanced by good conduct. 
It’s moved forward by good beliefs." – Steve Backlund

Dear Power-Filled Pastor, 

I used to get frustrated when the people I led did not trust me to the level I thought they should. Then I heard the Lord say to me, "Steve, don't take it personal but realize that building trust is one of the most important things you do, especially in the beginning season of a new assignment or new relationship.

In my upcoming book, The Culture of Empowerment, I list some "trust busters" that hinder people from trusting us. Here are some of those: 

  • not following through on what we say we would do
  • entitlement attitude
  • reactive, instead of proactive communicator
  • moodiness
  • defensiveness
  • being regularly overwhelmed by personal problems
  • boundaries that have become walls
  • making "messes" in our choices
  • lack of integrity in in finances
  • not getting key people's input before decisions and policies are made
  • not admitting and seeking forgiveness for wrongs (whether small or large)
  • being more concerned about building a ministry than building the people we have

Here is a core value from my book "HELP! I'm a Pastor": I embrace seasons of building trust in the eyes of those I lead – In any ministry assignment I have, one of my first priorities is to behave in a trustworthy manner. I realize if people do not trust me as their leader, I will need to manipulate and use fear to control them in order for them to follow my leadership. (Supporting verses: 1 Peter 3:1, Acts 27:10,11,21-44)

Unreasonably Optimistic,

 

PS. Please note that our April's Church Leaders Conference in the Detroit area has been cancelled.  Michael Brodeur and I are finalizing details for a May Leaders Conference in the Bay Area in May. We will keep you posted on this.


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Blog – Trusting People

Here is an inspiring blog written by Wendy Backlund. It is filled with keys of revelation for anyone who is open to grow in deeper community with people.

Book – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

This book outlines the root causes of politics and dysfunction on the teams where you work, and the keys to overcoming them. Counter to conventional wisdom, the causes of dysfunction are both identifiable and curable.

Recommendation by Pastor Cory Dueck of Genesis Church, Abbotsford, BC

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How to become who we truly are? (Sent Mon, Feb 1st, 2016)

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"The Kingdom of God is not advanced by good conduct. 
It’s moved forward by good beliefs." – Steve Backlund

Dear Powerful Pastor,

How do we combat the fatherlessness that so many are experiencing? One way is for us to assume a main role of fathers – to give identity to those we father.

Here is one idea that will make a big difference in your leadership – Dramatically increase telling individuals who they are by sharing their good qualities and reminding them of their prophetic words. It is a difference maker.

Here is a core value from my book "HELP! I'm a Pastor": I tell those I lead who they are much more than I tell them what to do – I understand it is very difficult for people to do what they do not believe they are; therefore, I spend more time telling them who they are in Christ than I do telling them what to do as Christians. Just as the angel unlocked Gideon’s future by telling him who he really was (even though he was not yet experiencing that), I do the same for my people. 

Supporting verses: Romans 4:17-19, Judges 6:12

Unreasonably Optimistic,
Steve Backlund


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Jesus did not just think His way out of the wilderness. He spoke truth to invisible beings and to the mindsets that sought to restrict and defeat Him. This book will help you do the same.

Blog Language that Empowers

The words we use can truly shape and encourage those we lead. Here are some ways to speak and empower those you lead!

 

 

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When Praying is a Bad Idea. (Sent Tue, Jan 12th, 2016)

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Dear Powerful Pastor,

Happy New Year!

I am using my book Victorious Mindsets as a devotional and I was really struck by the eighth devotion - "I Am Moving Forward in Life." I believe it is a now word for us as leaders and our people. Here is how it begins:

“And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward’” (Exodus14:15). There is a time to pray; and surprisingly, there is a time not to pray. This was the experience of the children of Israel in Exodus 14, and it is also often our experience. A stationary train can be prevented from moving forward by a small board, but a moving train can go through a brick wall. Like locomotives, moving people create breakthrough in and around them. This “breaker anointing” exists in the lives of forward moving people. Click here for the rest of this.


Our Lent Negativity Fast/Positivity Feast is a powerful way for people to move forward. It is not just a fast, but it is a 40 day school to equip our people with the beliefs and practices for internal victory to overcome insecurity, criticism, being easily offended, victimhood, and a whole host of other issues. The Fast uses the book Igniting Faith in 40 Days and is free to participate in, but there are advanced levels for maximum breakthrough and equipping. Click here if you want to information on leading a group through the Fast, including a discount on Igniting Faith in 40 Days and other offers. 

Unreasonably Optimistic, 
Steve

Pastor BlogI am more focused on my personal growth than in bringing change to those I am called to influence.
 

Web Resource – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The way we see the world is entirely based on our own perceptions. In order to change a given situation, we must change ourselves, and in order to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions.

April 5-7, 2016 – Church Teams Will Be Powerfully Impacted at Our April Conference!

Our Ignited Church Leaders Conference in Detroit will be an ideal time for church leadership teams to have a transformational experience together. The content presented will be subjects you as the senior leader would want your team to hear.

Join Wendy, Michael Brodeur, and me (plus powerful breakout speakers) for this event. Sign up here.

Every year for Lent, Igniting Hope Ministries facilitates a worldwide Negativity Fast. This Fast is to not only stop thinking and speaking unbelief and negativity; but more importantly to grow in thinking and speak the positives of the kingdom!

Click here to learn more and sign up now.
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