What pastors are most afraid of? (Sent Thu, Dec 10th 2015)

Pastor Encouragement from Steve Backlund
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Dear Power-Filled Pastor,  

I don't know about you, but I never liked hearing from people about any area of my life or ministry that needed improvement. I actually tried to shield myself from ever having to hear any potential negative information about me. 

I began to realize that this was a dysfunctional attribute of my life and leadership. If I would have continued in this fear-based, insecure leadership style, then I would be very limited in my influence. 

This blog, "Pastor, Your Sermons Are Not Feeding Me!" 
shares some good insight into responding to input in our ministry. 

Here is a core value I share on in my book
HELP! I'm a Pastor"I build a culture of feedback in my ministry that I lead by example –
A) I set the tone for personal growth in the ministry by being passionate for personal improvement.
B) I am open about areas I desire to grow more in.
C) I create healthy systems where I receive feedback from those I lead about how I am leading.
D) I create space for feedback in ministries and leadership relationships (I commonly use the phrase, “Please share with me two things you appreciate about how I led that meeting and one thing I can improve on”).

Supporting verses: Proverbs 15:22, Proverbs 19:20 

We will share concepts like this at our Ignited Church Leaders Conference  in Detroit, MI on April 5 - 7, 2016.

Unreasonably Optimistic, 

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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. More info is coming on this outstanding time. 

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