After completing our first coaching network session yesterday I am on fire! Networking with other pastors/leaders is a must. The Lone Ranger days of pastoring are done. I learned more yesterday than I could have ever imagined. Here are the highlights:

#1 If you don't network with other pastors/leaders you will be in a leadership vacuum.

#2 An idea is exciting, but a collaboration of ideas is POWER.

#3 God is ...

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Halloween is of the Devil…Right?

There is one time a year that most doors are receptive to visitors all over America...that's right HALLOWEEN!  The trick or treat gig opens doors everywhere bearing gifts.  I am not certain, but this may be the greatest day to get God's message in more homes than any other.   We start our October 31st Sunday evening with a costume contest for all ages and people from everywhere show up ...

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Merry Christmas

Christmas is the new Easter and preparing for your services can't start too soon. Shawn Wood, Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, has done a phenomenal job giving your church ideas to assist you this Christmas season. Several prevailing churches share great ideas you have to hear and you can see it by clicking here. I want to go deeper on what BNC is doing this Christmas in hopes that you ...

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Meet my Kids

Anna, 16 is a senior, Evan, 13 is in 8th grade, Sara, 11 is in 6th and KJ is 8 at kicking the 3rd grade. I am so proud of my kids!

As a pastor teaching a subject, and living it, can be two totally different worlds. Knowing this, our Community Pastor Heath Kirkpatrick, shot a surprise video interviewing them to find out what the O'Dell home was REALLY like. Again, this was a ...

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Next Generation…

We are always looking for ways to involve the next generation within our services and here are a few reasons why:

#1 Ownership...
I want our children and youth to understand this is THEIR church. They will either feel made to attend or make the service.

#2 Attraction...
Young is attractive. Parents, Grands, Aunts, Uncles are all attracted to attending when their young relative is leading. Young is also a natural draw......

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Vision Vagueness…

Vision is a word of VAGUENESS without... must be very pointed. Don't be vague or unrealistic, be specific.

Clarity...Show how you will accomplish it and what you have accomplished with it.

Regularity...I feel like I am a broken record when it comes to vision, but the truth is most have not heard it enough.

Passion...Sharing vision must include your personal involvement in it.

Transformation...Let ...

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Leadership Lessons

There are a few keys after 7 short years of pastoring I am LEARNING...not LEARNED, LEARNING:

If you are not FEEDING, you are not LEADING.
People follow who is feeding them and pushing them to grow!
Leaders do not USE volunteers, they make sure they're being USED!
Real leaders volunteering in your organization do not want busy work or to be misued. They want to be using their gifts and ...

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