EE Leaders | Leadership Lessons Season 1: Episode 7 - Meetings
This week’s Leadership Lesson on meetings comes from Executive Pastor Steve Wright from Family Church, a multi-campus church and movement in South Florida. “We actually have a philosophy of meetings here at our church that is very robust and strong because we believe that that’s how you move vision forward. Meetings for us are the traction of how vision is set.” All of our meetings have five basic elements to them. 1)Start with prayer. It’s not about us or our skill set, it’s all about the Lord and what He is able to do through us. 2)Tell stories. We want to allow people on our teams to share with grateful hearts the things that God is doing so we can all celebrate those successes. 3)Review action items from the previous week, so there is accountability for our teams. Who is trustworthy to do what they’ve said they would do? 5)Look at our calendar for things coming up this Sunday, next week, next month. We talk things out. “I want to make sure as a leader that I’m setting an environment of collaboration. I want to value the contribution of those that are on my team. I invite all of the people in the meetings to contribute.” 5)Specific people being assigned specific times to get projects done. It’s not nebulous anymore; there’s a very specific action item. That’s the way we run meetings. We are not legalistically bound to these things, but they at least give us a framework, a guide. It’s been helpful for us at Family Church. This week’s One Piece of Advice comes from another pastor sharing his advice on how we can grow in this area of learning from each other.
One Piece of Advice | Good Leaders are Good Learners
Pastor Razz Vazquez, Miami, Florida, shares his advice from Acts 6:3: Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. The first point is that leaders were chosen from among you. “To lead, you have to be able to follow. To teach, you have to be able to learn." These men were teachable, they were “appointable.” A good quality of leadership is learn to learn. Learn from those with whom God has raised you up.” From among you refers to this family in which God has placed you. As a pastor yourself, have a pastor or a group of pastors who can speak into your life and hold you accountable. Be faithful to your calling.
Recommended Book of the Month: H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle. by Brad Lomenick
This is a great book by a guy with a lot of experience. He was the president of Catalyst, one of America’s most influential leadership movements. Here are a couple quotes: “Character is like oxygen; it is something we often don’t think about until it’s depleted." “Done is better than perfect.” More quotes can be found in the blog section of eeleaders.com. If you’d like to add some quotes of your own, please share them.
“I want to hold lightly the things of God. Obviously I am a steward, not an owner and because these things are not mine to own, they are God’s, I want to hold them lightly.” -Steve Wright
“We want to make Jesus’ name great. The message I want to send to all of my teams is that we are solely, 100% dependent upon the Lord. I want to establish that in all of my meetings. I want to model that as a leader that this is where we want to start.” -Steve Wright
“One of the things that we want to model for our staff as we are in our meeting times is these stories, that we can with grateful hearts assign thanks to the Lord.” -Steve Wright
“We like to say we have 52 big events every year. They happen every Sunday.” -Steve Wright
“To lead, you have to be able to follow. To teach, you have to be able to learn." -Pastor Razz Vazquez
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