Be Sure to Say This In Your Sermons (Sent Tue, Sep 08, 2015)

Pastor Encouragement from Steve Backlund
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Dear Influential Pastor,
Thank you for saying "yes" to God's call to church leadership! Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made and are making so others can have life. 

"THIS IS WHAT I AM NOT SAYING . . ." is a phrase to use regularly in your messagesThe wise leader anticipates the objections, concerns, and anxieties people might have with their teachings. This phrase is part of a strategy to overcome many negative reactions in those who are hearing us. 
Let's laugh at this lie: Everyone who does not respond to our messages positively is either not hungry for God or is under the influence of a demonic religious spirit. HA HA HA. 
Every effective communicator must find ways to lessen the likelihood of people not receiving what he or she teaches. Core value #3 in my book Help! I Am a Pastor gives us a major key to do this. It is this: I build “bridges” in my teachings to help people move into the deeper things of God – I honor people’s need to understand the scriptural support for what I am saying, as well as my personal testimony concerning the emphasis I am making. When I share truths that challenge old paradigms, I strategically say something like, “This is what I am not saying...”, to help people mentally grasp what I am saying.
For more on this core value, here is a 6 minute podcast I have made especially for you

Watch for more information on the two events listed in this newsletter.
Unreasonably Optimistic, 

Starts February 10, 2016Using our book Igniting Faith in 40 Days, our 3rd annual 40 Day Negativity Fast is a focused time of fasting negativity for Lent, while feasting on positivity. Many church groups and congregations have done this together. Watch for more info in future emails about doing this as a large or small group.
April 6-8, 2016Mark your calendars for this year's Igniting Hope Church Leaders' Conference, held near Detroit, MI. As church leaders for 17 years, Steve and Wendy are passionate about igniting church leaders to live out of hope, joy, and victorious beliefs. Join Steve, Wendy, and the greater Igniting Hope team for encouragement, refreshing, and breakthrough in your church leadership. More information is coming on this. 
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