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Day 78-86 How to Lead by THE BOOK: Three Tips to Finish the 4th Quarter Strong!

Friday, September 24th, 2010

You may have noticed by the “Day 78-86” heading on today’s post that I’m going to be out of touch for a while. I’m traveling overseas to continue my work training Iranian pastors in biblically-based leadership principles. I won’t bring my computer with me and will begin to post again once I return the first week of October. The lack of having my computer will crimp the progress of, How to Lead by THE BOOK only marginally as I am well on track for my December 15th deadline.

Recent news events continue to make it clear how desperately the men and women coming to this gathering need support, encouragement, and leadership knowledge so that they can grow their churches in the midst of a hostile climate and brutal government. We have received word over the past week that nine of the scheduled attendees have been arrested in a new crackdown against Christians and are still held in prison as of this writing.  Please pray for their safety, the welfare of those risking so much to attend these meetings, and for my teaching partner and me as we begin our sixth year of work in this region.

Persecution is nothing new for Christians. In fact, it was persecution that dispersed early believers out of Jerusalem and allowed them to carry the message of Christ throughout the world. Whenever the church has been persecuted it has grown faster, and we’re seeing that now in Iran. John 3:20 says, For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds be exposed. This verse explains the antagonism that Christians face at home and abroad–especially as society itself becomes more enamored with darkness. Many people are repelled by the Gospel because the evil within them dreads exposure.

As the fourth quarter will start before I post again, I want to suggest two tips for finishing it, and the year overall, strong:

1. Redefine your vision and performance expectations for the final quarter of the year. Make sure these cultural components are clear enough and high enough to draw out “above and beyond” performances from your people.

2. Carefully reevaluate each team member for their fitness to remain on the team as this year winds down and a new year is ready to begin. You don’t want to go into 2011 carrying forward the same baggage that has inhibited you this year.

3. Intensify your training regimen so that your team is able to maximize every opportunity they encounter in the waning months of this year. Keep them sharp, focused, and accountable.

Have a great finish in September, and watch for a new blog post the first week of October. I should have some inspiring leadership stories to share with you after this journey.