Category Archive: improvement

Second Book Finally Out! HELP!

Hey Friends,

Well, after years of work and prayer, my second book is about to be here. We had almost 10,000 copies of the first book, The Climb of Your Life:Reaching the Peak of Your Potential, out and it is still selling. Now, we have the second book: The Plan of Your Life: Managing What Matters Most!  This book will help hundreds of thousands of people grow closer to Jesus. The bottom line of the book is helping people create a personal growth plan in the five most important areas of their lives.

I am so fired up about its potential for the Kingdom of God. The book was written as a story, in a creative way to hold the reader’s attention while helping him or her to grow. The first 5,000 copies will be at Faith Promise the first weekend in December. I am now pre-selling them. You can purchase them on this website or at Faith Promise.

This book will not only help you, but anyone you give it to. I encourage you to give it as Christmas gifts or stocking suffers. This is a gift that will keep giving for the rest of eternity.

So, here is how can you HELP:

1. Pray for the book to “Grow Legs” and get into the hands of hundreds of thousands that will benefit from it.

2. Get a copy for yourself, read it and write a testimony to be added to this website.

3. Get a copy for friends and family. Christmas is the perfect time!

4. Help me get the word out by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media you have access to. You can link to this site and get the word out.

5. Give me other ideas of how to spread the word.

Thanks in advance for your help and prayers. Together we can continue to add value to so many others.

Love and appreciate you,

Pastor Chris

P.S. Nobody makes a huge difference unless a lot of people want him or her to do so. We are better together!

 

Leader Development – How Do We Keep It a Priority?

Hey Friends,

Even as a casual reader of this blog, you know I am totally committed to leadership and developing others to reach their leadership potential. Yet, it can easily fall out of a primary position in any organization. Even though I firmly believe everything rises and falls on leadership, radical growth can kill leader development. For the last several years Faith Promise has grown at a rate of 15-20 percent annually. With growth like this it is easy to find yourself living with your hair on fire!

With this kind of growth, hundreds of volunteers, small groups and connection points are required to assimilate God’s harvest of souls. Last year we baptised over 500 people. That is a lot of baby believers to disciple and care for. Let this go on for several years and you tend to drop leader development and just try to keep up with the growth. I know better and it still happened to me!

I am grateful God grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and pointed out my omission. Now it is time to get our hands dirty with raising up ministers and leaders.  Can we really drown in God’s blessings? We have slowed down in growth at our first campus due to space limitations. But I think there are more limitations than just space.

I am convinced that the Lord will only send us the people we can care for. Without knowing it, leadership, volunteers and groups can be the limiters, not just the facilities. Here we are with four campuses and all that is required to keep them running. Time to get back to the fundamentals!

This is not an easy shift for a staff and church that are used to radical growth. I am so excited about the future and the challenges before us. There is “gold in them there pews!” It is time to mine the potential of people who are just sitting in the pews! I believe this is God ordered and He will empower us to accomplish His vision. Your vision can never outdistance your leadership.

How do you see it?

Just thinking out loud.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

P.S. My new book, The Plan of Your Life-Managing What Matters Most, goes on pre-sale this weekend at Faith Promise!

 

An Example – The Great Influencer

Hey Friends,

Let me ask you a question:

 DO YOU EXPECT MORE OUT OF YOURSELF OR OTHERS?

This is a big deal, especially if you’re a leader. I have watched many people who expected more out of others than they were willing to do themselves. “That dog won’t hunt!” It is an exercise in futility to think others will do more than you are going to do. People do what people see, so they watch you to see what you will do. As my prayer partner John Ball says, “Speed of the leader, pace of the pack.” So, what pace are you setting?

As a leader the example you set for your church, organization, or even small group is what people will do, or less.

 An example is the great influencer.

Remember, what you do speaks so loudly people can’t hear what you are saying. Your example is beyond important. Look at the life of the Lord. He set an example none of us could match, but boy did He give us something to shoot for! The example you live can give you more influence, or maybe less. There is always someone watching!

As a leader I hope you expect a great deal out of YOU! As people see you discipline and push yourself, it will motivate them to do the same. As you walk by faith and trust the Lord to move in great power, so will they. People are always looking for someone to emulate. Be that person. The Apostle Paul said, “Imitate me as I imitate Jesus.” Would you be so bold as to tell people to act like you and they would be more like Jesus? That is a big statement. Are you ready? Are you walking in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.

What kind of example are you leaving behind? What do your kids see? Your spouse? Your friends? Your coworkers? The list goes on. There is always someone watching. I was in a restaurant in Africa and I heard from across the room, “Chris Stephens, is that you?” I was stunned. You can run, but you can’t hide.

I challenge you to leave an example for people to shoot for.

Just a thought.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

 

Guest Blog from Terry duPont of Open Eyes Ministries

I was certainly surprised and excited when I was notified that the Mayor of the city of Comayagua, Honduras wanted to meet with us about raising the level of leadership in his government. I agreed to evaluate his 26 department heads and develop a plan of action to raise their leadership skills.

It has been an awesome time and many problems have been addressed. We have also been blessed greatly as we observed their interest in becoming the best they can be as leaders. Then I remembered something I had read several years ago: “We have to remember what we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning.”

We were able to help them understand differently from what they already thought they knew. Their eyes were opened to see the truth of leadership from a different perspective. Because of this I have become a better leader, for now I find myself looking deeper into what I think I already know.

As we work in so many areas in Central America: churches, governments, National Police, schools, universities, military, businesses and more, it is my desire to first understand and question myself on what I think I know before helping others do the same.

It is time again to re-think and re-focus our commitment to be the very best in all we do.

I’m committed and I hope you are also.

God Bless,
Terry duPont
Open Eyes Ministries

P.S.  My thanks go out to my great friend, and thought leader, Terry duPont, for this leadership challenge.  Please consider supporting Terry and his wife, Arlene, through Open Eyes Ministries as they continue to spread the Gospel throughout Central America.

 

Are You Settling or Soaring?

Hey Friends,

Are you settling or are you soaring? Soaring to your maximum potential requires just that little extra effort! It is like working on a car trying to detail it. Most people can wash, wax and even make the inside look new, but to get it perfect requires a little extra effort. That may mean cleaning all the gaps with a toothbrush, or washing under the car and painting the fender wells.

The extra 5% effort is the difference between: “That looks great!” and “Wow, that looks brand new!” Far too many people are willing to settle with what it takes to get by. That is not how a Christ follower is supposed to conduct him or herself. Jesus did not call us to “get by” or “just do enough.” We are to give everything we have – our very best – as if we are doing it for the Lord.  The Word says: “Everything your hand finds to do, do heartily as unto the Lord.”

In your life, are you giving it your best? This requires a serious dose of self-discipline and internal motivation. Often I pray Psalm 51:12: “Sustain me with a willing Spirit.” Lord, make me want to! When everyone else quits, help me give the extra effort to make my offering to You even better. Let me do my best to the point my life is honoring to you. This is easy preaching and hard living. How well are you doing in this area? I challenge you to give it your best shot.

Jesus gave His best for us. He held nothing back. As a matter of fact, He left it all on the field for us. How can we do less for Him? This attitude should be reflected in every area of your life. This means your family, your walk with the Lord, your ministry, your leadership and the list can continue. I’m sure you get the point.

Every day your life should be lived as a drink offering for Jesus. Are you being poured out on the altar of sacrifice for Him?

Time to ramp it up!

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

 

Do You Want to Go to the Next Level?

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