Planning for Success God’s Way

Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts. –Proverbs 24:3 TLB (more…)

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Keith Johnson Gives His Testimony On The Harvest Show

Doesn’t this sound like the making of a great success story?
Well, not so fast. As mentioned in the video, I was actually being “driven” by my past and not allowing destiny to give me “drive” for the future. I have now realized that I was driven by the fear of ever being a failure or poor again. Fear was pushing me rather than destiny leading me with confidence into the future. What has driven you to this place of success at this point and time in your life?

Leaders of history are driven by the past.

The fear of failure and poverty “push” some to achieve some levels of success. When a leader is being pushed by fear, he or she could be tempted to do unethical things to succeed. Leaders of history tend to live unfulfilled lives of regret. When a leader is driven by the past, this can become a very unhealthy situation. WARNING! This is the reason many high-profile, successful ministry people have fallen. Most have come from a family background of struggle and poverty. Therefore, they are highly tempted to compromise their integrity in fear of living in poverty again. LQ Solution: Leaders of destiny get their drive from the “pull” of the future—fulfilling their life purpose and destiny. Leaders of destiny have a life purpose that is fueled by dream energy. Leaders of destiny have evolved. They have experienced the transformational shift in their minds from wanting success to having a passion for significance by becoming a patriarch and leaving a legacy. Leaders of destiny enjoy a life of fulfillment as they journey forward into their future. When a leader’s drive comes from destiny, that leader is emotionally, mentally, and spiritually healthy. Get More Confidence In Your Life By Buying The Confidence Solution Here! Watch the second half of this video by Visiting Here! If you have enjoyed this video we welcome you to leave a comment, or share this post with your friends by clicking on the social icon links.

Lies The Devil Tells & Five Truths From The Lord

Learn how to avoid mistakes

How To Avoid the devil’s number one lie:

I cannot afford a coach. I have seen this lie paralyze several ministry leaders. However, I have witnessed with my own eyes Senior Pastors who have stepped out in faith and hired me as a leadership coach and the process propelled themselves to the next level…and beyond. The three of us—you, Christ, and me—form a mighty team! Look at the biblical teams that God put together who changed history: Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Aaron, Joshua and Caleb, Deborah and Barak, David and Jonathan, Esther and Mordecai, Jeremiah and Baruch, Mary and Joseph, the apostles, Paul and Silas, Priscilla and Aquila, etc. You can’t afford not to team up! It’s time for progress. It’s time to move forward toward your ministry dreams. It’s time to enjoy being in the ministry again.


I have identified five ways in which many pastors tend to do ministry. 1. They do everything themselves. That’s how most leaders try to function, especially when the congregation is small (1-800). Eventually realization hits: This is too much work for me! 2. They do nothing at all. This method does not produce the results they are looking for and eventually causes them to go backward. This is too much disappointment! 3. They hire out. Some churches pay others to manage part or the entire load. This choice may work when the economy is flourishing, but in economic downturns, this is expensive. That’s too much money! 4. They delegate everything—even to people who have not been properly trained. This causes their quality and excellence levels to plummet. That’s too much mediocrity! 5. They develop others. Some leaders teach people how to do the task but fail to develop the head and the heart of the leader. That’s too much lost time! Each of these ways of operation has a negative drawback. Obviously, a leader’s focus should be number 5—to develop people into leaders. However, the challenge is having the time, money, and training material. The LQ Academy to the rescue!

Five Lies the Devil Tells Pastors—Five Truths from the Lord

Lie 1 – Numbers don’t matter, God is not into numbers. Truth: The more people attending your church, the more influence, impact, and income you will have to serve your community and region. Lie 2 – Money doesn’t matter. Truth: God gave us money as a tool to help us solve problems. How can you hire new staff without it? How can you provide resources for your members? Lie 3 – The people in your church are stopping you from growing. Truth: As the leader, you must take 100% responsibility for the spiritual, numerical, and financial growth of your church. Lie 4 – Location matters, your geography is stopping you from growing. Truth: Some of the most powerful and largest churches in the world were planted and built in areas smaller and in worse shape than yours. If others have done it…you can too. Lie 5 – I can do it alone, I don’t need training or a coach. Truth: Throughout the book of Proverbs, God instructs His servants to seek wise counsel. Helping successful pastors get out of their own way. Success is delusional and becomes a liability when we need to change and go to the next level…and beyond. Why? The belief systems that got us here are now preventing us from making the changes needed to get us to where we want to go. The higher you go, the more your problems are less spiritual in nature and more leadership, behavioral, and relational. I totally agree with Marshall Goldsmith, popular CEO coach for many Fortune 500 companies, who made this observation: Successful people are incredibly delusional about their achievements. Over 95 percent of members in most successful groups believe that they perform in the top half of their group. While this is statistically ridiculous, it is psychologically real. LQ Solution: TOO MANY LEADERS FOOL THEMSELVES INTO THINKING THEY HAVE FULFILLED THEIR POTENTIAL AND THAT THEIR ORGANIZATIONS ARE RUNNING AS EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE. I have come to lean on my “Leadership Prayer” over the years. I offer it to you as a reminder tool as well: “Lord, shrink my ego so I can learn more. When I learn more, I will earn more. Not just money, but more importantly more respect.” I have found that most leaders think they are doing better than they really are. Answer the following questions to see if you are in need of leadership coaching: • Is your organization or ministry experiencing a plateau? Yes / No • Do you have a crystal clear vision for the future and a detailed, written action plan to achieve your vision? Yes / No • Is it difficult to get people to commit to your vision? Yes / No • Do you feel lonely in your position at the top? Yes / No • Have you said or thought, “I can’t get anybody to do anything around here.” Yes / No If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you need a Leadership Coach. Check Out Our Next Set Of Leadership Videos Here! I hope you have learned a lot from these video series. Please leave us a comment below letting us know what your thoughts are.

Five Ways Pastors Hurt Their Church Growth

Learn the mandates of pastor leadership

Three Mandates of Turnaround Pastoral Leadership

What makes a leader rejoice and become thankful? When a leader sees personal and organizational progress. Progress is when a pastor observes people’s lives being changed, church service attendance increases, spiritual commitment deepens, and finances increase—then the pastor has the freedom to expand serving and evangelizing others and hire the right staff and compensate them properly. I am humbled by the truth that 95% of Senior and Lead pastors whom I coach with the Holy Spirit’s help see an immediate increase in people saved, healed, and delivered as well as solid, responsible stewardship and financial growth. This has created thankful pastors who spread the word around about my ministry and leadership coaching programs. What makes a leader frustrated? The opposite is true: personal and organizational stagnation. Lack of spiritual hunger, decreasing conversions, attendance plateau or decline, frayed relationships, waning discipleship, and financial struggles. I cannot tell you how many leaders prior to receiving coaching told me that there were days, weeks, or just a few months away from quitting. In fact, many confessed they considered quitting every Monday. Are you in a season of progress or stagnation? Progress is the constant movement toward your God-given dreams and goals and a better life. Let’s look at the Three Leadership Mandates that will help you increase your leadership intelligence (LQ) so you can move forward and fulfill your ministry assignment.

Mandate 1 – See it as it is.

The first mandate of leadership is not to just “be positive.” One of my megachurch pastor clients thought if he would just keep thinking positive, problematic ministry leaders would change in his church. I told him, “If I were you, I would quickly fire some of your disgruntled employees,” and I named a few. He did not listen to me and the negative staff, along with the congregants they influence, actually ran him out of his church after he had started the church and pastored there for thirty-seven years. You can think positive thoughts about your church all day long—but negative things will continue to fester. Tell yourself nothing but the truth. If you want to be successfully effective, you have to start telling yourself the truth. Refuse living in denial. If you are not progressing, then realize that what you have been doing is not working. There is nothing wrong with having a problem…unless it’s the same problem you had last year. • It’s hard to admit your church is not growing because your sermons are only “good” simply because you are not spending the time necessary to preach “GREAT” messages. • It’s hard to admit that your church is not growing because you have not equipped 100 or more highly qualified leaders in your church, and you have been pastoring 5, 10, or even 20+ years. • It’s hard to admit that your church is not growing because you don’t have the leadership skills necessary to lead a church the size of God’s dreams for your church. On the other hand, it’s easy to blame the economy, your geographical area, and your church members for the lack of spiritual, numerical, and financial growth. As I am sure you have preached to others, “The truth will set you free.” Increase your Leadership Intelligence (LQ) by memorizing this: LQ SOLUTION: NOTHING CAN GET BETTER UNTIL YOU ADMIT SOMETHING IS WRONG.

Mandate 2 – See it better than it is.

Great leaders have trained themselves to look beyond “what is” and have learned to use their God-given imagination to see what “could be.” Great leaders only tolerate the present and live in the future. Everything created was actually created twice—first in the mind then in the realm of the physical. Refuse to see things worse than they really are. Some leaders see a thing worse than what it is so they have an excuse for not doing anything about it. It’s time to cut your excuses in half and double the actions you take as a leader. I don’t know how often I have seen leaders get stuck because they are afraid to either fire a person who is underperforming or too afraid to make the one change they know they have needed to make for a long time. I graciously encouraged one pastor to fire a poor-performing children’s church pastor. He said, “If I fire this person, he will start another church, and I will lose 50-100 people.” After an entire year of working with the disgruntled, lazy associate pastor, he finally fired him. Nobody left the church, and the children’s church doubled in size in four months. I lovingly told one pastor he preached too long. He said, “If I preach for only a half hour, almost everybody in my church would leave next week.” When he finally decided to take my advice and told his leaders he was going to preach for half an hour, the entire team stood up and applauded. By the way, his church started growing after that, and he broke the 1,000-member barrier. The number one responsibility of a leader is to see. Jesus said you are the blind leading the blind and the blind lead everybody into the ditch. Point people in the direction of a bigger, brighter, and better future. See things ten times better than what they are! LQ SOLUTION: WHAT IS SEEABLE BECOMES BELIEVALBE AND WHAT IS BELIEVEALBE BECOMES POSSIBLE.

Mandate 3 – Make it the new way you see it.

The third mandate of leadership is do whatever it takes to make what you see on the inside manifested on the outside. You need some TRACTION—a TRAC to take ACTION on. In order to turn your ministry dreams into reality, you need a detailed strategic plan to give you the TRAC you need to run on. I have coached some leaders who have notebooks full of plans, but they fail to execute the proper action steps needed to move their churches and ministries forward. It’s of the utmost importance that you get a successfully proven M.A.P.—Massive Action Plan! A fool with a plan can outsmart a genius with no plan. –T. Boone Pickens, Texas billionaire and successful businessman LQ SOLUTON: A DREAM WITHOUT A STRATEGIC PLAN IS A FANTASY, AND A DREAM WITHOUT TAKING MASSIVE ACTION WILL BECOME A NIGHTMARE. Smart leaders leverage the advantages of a personal consultant or coach. Don’t try to make the changes alone. Don’t rely on your own wisdom. What got you “here” will not get you “there.” Proverbs 15:22 paraphrased says, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers [coaches, consultants, mentors] they succeed.” I truly hope you have enjoyed this blog post and welcome you to learn about the Devils 5 lies and the Lords 5 truths in the next video here!

Give Your Church A Boost In Church Growth

Key points on how to grow your church

Exponential Growth through Leadership Health

So how do you avert disaster and experience exponential growth? For the past 15 years I have been teaching leaders what I call The CSP Process: Clarity | Structure | Planning. Here are three exponential growth keys to help you turn your ministry dream into a reality.

Exponential Growth Key 1 – CLARITY

Clearly Defining the Senior Pastor’s Position, Vision, and Responsibilities. The first key is positioning. Where the leader positions him or herself is critical to building a ministry. How consistently the leader stays at his or her anointed, God-ordained post will determine how many of God’s mandates (both personal and ministerial) the leader will accomplish in God’s timing and how well the leader will survive. When the leader is in the right position, the response to God’s mandates is high. The ministry will have optimum torque and acceleration, maximum efficiency and effectiveness. As Senior Pastor, or CEO, your job description is this: 1. Communication – To provide solid biblical messages that feed the lambs and sheep: verbal inspiration, feedback, praise, and motivation. 2. Clarity – To provide crystal clear direction for where the church is going in the future. 3. Creativity – to obtain plans, ideas, and recommendations from the team. 4. Commission – to commission the work to the right people. 5. Competence – to provide for the success of the team through coaching, teaching, training, and mentoring. 6. Coaching – to evaluate progress, constructive confrontation and critique, to obtain evaluation. People normally do not do what you expect, they do what you inspect.

Exponential Growth Key 2 – STRUCTURE

Knowing and Implementing the Proper Structure The second key to exponential growth is knowing and implementing the proper structure that needs to be in place for the church to grow to the next level. I often ask people in my leadership conference, “What is the number one hindrance to church growth?” I normally get all kinds of answers from evangelism to children’s church to worship, etc. People are shocked when I reveal the truth, “The number one hindrance is the hyper-business of the Senior Pastor.” A ministry cannot grow beyond its ability to care for people. One person can only care for so many people without facing burnout. My number one assignment is to help a Senior Pastor structure his or her personal life to be a healthy leader. After I help structure the leader’s life, then I help structure the church so it can handle more growth.

Exponential Growth Key 3 – PLANNING

A third key in averting disaster is strategic planning. Some people say that desperate times demand desperate actions. I disagree. I say that desperate times demand strategic planning. For the past three years of this economic crisis, I have been busier than ever consulting and helping pastors with strategic planning for the future. With the exception of one pastor who did not follow his own plan, every pastor experienced spiritual, numerical, and financial increase… while the majority of pastors have been complaining and making excuses why they have declined. Just as in sports, the right game plan and execution make all the difference between winning and losing. Based on the principles from my book Leaders of Destiny—The Art of Turning Dreams into Reality, leaders are guided through a proven 12-step, action-oriented process that delivers significant results to accomplish God-directed mandates in His timing. Ministries are fairly good at setting goals but fairly poor at achieving them. Staying the course is part of the strategic planning and evaluation process and strategic planning chart. Planning starts with the leader going to the mountain with certain key materials to gain vision, direction, evaluation, counsel, and priorities from God. Then he or she forms directives (results and behaviors) with input from the wise counsel of a leadership coach and executive leadership team. The process continues with the configuring of human resources so the organizational chart reflects what is necessary to achieve God’s mandates. Most ministries are inept because they are organized by the skeleton crew they manage to keep and train. Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it (Colossians 4:17). Enjoyed this post? Please Click Here to see the next! If you have enjoyed this video please tell us in a comment!

How To Gain & Get Church Growth

Marketplace Leaders Suffer Fewer Fatalities by Applying Pragmatic Scriptural Principles

Corporate Uses Biblical Management & Leadership Principles

Secular organizations in corporate America know how to apply biblical management and leadership principles very effectively. As a result, they are exceptionally successful compared to most churches and ministries. They do not know and do not attribute, in most cases, their success to the Bible—the greatest management and leadership book ever written—or to Jesus Christ, the greatest leader who ever lived. God is not a respecter of persons. His wisdom, understanding, and knowledge are there for the taking (see Prov. 24:3-4). For example, secular organizations understand the power of discipleship. They don’t call it that, they call it coaching, but they execute and emulate the principles required to disciple—and for good reason. They understand that to have consistent growth and to expand into new and emerging markets, they must place a premium on training and developing their core people. Last year, IBM spent $100 million to develop 30,000 new leaders (disciples). GE had had a world class training center for decades. You do not get a raise at GE if you do not train and develop your people and create successors. Two years without a raise, and GE fires you. This has allowed GE to expand from the appliance business into other sectors, such as aerospace, finance, healthcare, and biotech. That is the “sending” process. Secular CEOs call this leadership development, constructing the leadership pipeline, and developing a leadership engine. In the ministry we have not developed enough leaders to meet God’s mandates. We have simply developed professional spectators who know how to “do church” but not lead. Organizational transformation must start with Senior Pastors understanding the dysfunctional environment they have created.

What Are Some Symptoms of Dysfunction?

Dysfunctional Symptom 1 – A leader’s lack of intimacy with God. When business for Him is not drawing us closer to Him, then spirituality has become performance, work is spiritually underdeveloped, and Jesus is not growing bigger in the leader. (see Gal. 3:3.) When a leader keeps giving out and does not take anything in…trouble begins. There is a loss of enthusiasm (entheos, Greek), a loss of God within. This often leads to becoming backslidden in the pulpit. Stress is not caused by hard work but by failing to secure the right object of our trust. Many leaders are adrenaline junkies. They idolize the work of the Lord: thus, the ministry becomes a mistress. Their relationship with the Lord is consumed with menial ministry matters—usually trying to help crazy, critical, and complaining people in the church who don’t really want to change. I ask pastors, “Where is your intimacy with God? Do you go to Him just to get a message or a word for others, or do you have times when the Holy Spirit can bring correction or conviction, strength or power to you?” When they describe their level of intimacy with God, most of them tell me they are somewhere between five and six on a scale of one to ten. Dysfunctional Symptom 2 – Disciples are not made; major mistakes are made and major opportunities are missed. For one example, according to Matthew 28:19-20, our principal objective and reason for existence is to reach the lost and disciple them. However, the average church in the United States retains only 10-15% of those God sends to them (a major mistake), which means we are not effectively assimilating, restoring, and discipling 85-90% (a major opportunity missed). Instead of the Great Commission, we have the Great Omission. As a result, ministries lose God’s provision—between one-third to two-thirds of their annual tithes and offerings. What is worse is that in all likelihood, 95% of those reading this article do not even know what their discipleship rate is. Do you? If so, what is it? Think about this—on the most important bottom-line responsibility, leaders have no idea where they stand. What does that say about our profitability for God? He is the principal investor. What is His return on investment? Can you imagine the CEO of any corporation, at their annual shareholders’ meeting, not knowing whether the corporation was profitable and what the return on the shareholders’ investment is? Why don’t leaders know what is going on with priority matters? It’s as if they are focusing on rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. To varying degrees, most ministry leaders are out of position: they’re doing the work of others instead of leading others in their work. They are being busy with crisis, chaos, needs, complaints, and problems—all kinds of micro matters. Being busy is not the criteria for success. That’s why I help Senior Pastors create a “stop-doing” list instead of a “to do” list. Jesus did not meet every need. He said, “I must go be with the Father.” Why? So He could accomplish the primary purpose for which He was sent. Ministry leaders must accomplish the primary purpose for which they were preordained from the beginning of time and reach the destiny for which they were created—a far more important assignment than that of any corporate CEO. Dysfunctional Symptom 3 – Leaders are not being properly developed. A third symptom is lack of leadership development. Leadership is the stewardship of those entrusted to us. The Lord charges leaders to add value to those He has placed in their care. It is not what we can get out of people but what we can put into them that matters. God’s perspective is much different from ours. He places people in our care and entrusts them to us, because we have something in us that He needs in them, so that ten years from now they can take what is in you around the world. Otherwise, He would have given them to someone else. The Lord is the God of transformation and transactions. Foremost, He wants His people transformed in the process of transacting His mandates. Just as the servants in the Parable of the Talents were given the charge to add value to what the master entrusted to them, so it is with the talents of people. Adding no value is wicked and slothful, says the Master. Leadership development is more than sayings, slogans, theories, lectures, and steps. Developing leaders requires learning from every situation through committed, real-time coaching and capitalizing on every teachable moment. That’s the discipleship Jesus modeled. When I help pastors set up the proper structure for church growth, the number one problem we run into is finding enough quality people to get the job done. The cry of most pastors: “I need leaders to help me!” We must take a serious look at the entire process of what happens to people when they come into our churches as a wanderers and then what happens to them once they are immersed into the culture of our church. What kind of person do they become after a year on the other side? Church member? Follower? Leader? Ready For Our Next Video? Click Here to see it! I truly hope you have enjoyed and learned from this video. I welcome your comments!

Potential Is The Driving Force Behind Success

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Unleash Your LQ

• Rate your attitude on a scale between 1 to 10 in the following areas: God, life, people, work, marriage, money, and the world around you. What bad attitudes do you need to work on? • List every feeling you have about yourself and your Leadership Quotient. Are there more negative than positive feelings on your list? What will you think and do to eliminate the negative and focus on the positive? • What negative people do you need to push out of your inner circle of friends? Which positive people do you need to begin walking with through life? • After you read all my books, start reading books by Norman Vincent Peale, Robert Schuller, and Joel Osteen. Memorize the book of joy in the Bible—Philippians.


The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what it is one’s destiny to do, and then do it. –Henry Ford I spent most of my adult life being a leader of history. Why? Let me explain: I grew up very poor. My stepfather worked in construction. There were years when he went without any work and money for months at a time. We lived in an average-sized home way out in the country. However, I lived only a few miles from some of the most influential and financially prosperous communities in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Because of our location, I went to school with the “rich kids” who lived in the biggest homes, drove the nicest cars, and wore designer clothes from expensive stores. Eventually most of the “rich kids” became my friends, and I would go over to their big, beautiful homes to play and study. My best friend’s dad was a well-known doctor in our city. Every time I visited, I was amazed at the size of his home. The refrigerator was always full of food and the cupboards full of snacks. And he had so many toys! I remember thinking, I don’t want to be like my parents when I grow up! I want to be rich like this doctor. Consequently, I have been driven to succeed most of my life. I knew I had the potential to achieve my goals and it’s now my job to show you that you also have the potential to reach success just like anyone else does because it’s God’s gift to you. Let’s keep moving forward to watching the next video in this series What Is Your Destiny In Life. We welcome your comments below on this subject!