Yes, I Went Over The Limit!

I recently found this amazing detox tea. It’s called Burdock Root Tea that’s good for controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, detoxing, clear skin etc. I felt lighter, cleaner on the inside and basically introduced this tea to almost every single person who was within 1 feet from me. 3 weeks into it, I started feeling dizzy and Continue reading

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Applying Management Principles When Leading Your Church Team – Part 2

3. The Fingertip Principle – I used to be in a retail industry and I call this the Fingertip principle. We know straightaway the difference between a good manager and a lousy one is if they know their figures at their fingertips. At the end of the day, if you ask them, how was the sales today? If they can rattle their different sales figures, they are on the ball. Continue reading

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Applying Management Principles When Leading Your Church Team – Part 1

Being in management roles in both secular and ministry fields, I soon found out quickly the difference between leading in both secular and the church world. It’s a whole lot of a different ball game altogether. Some management principles can be applied to ministry, some can’t. What I’m going to share with you today, are some management principles that you can directly apply to ministry in church. These are some principles that I picked up  and learnt and find that once I violated them, there are consequences. I’ll share some of these principles that you might find helpful to you as a leader in ministry as you look out and care for your teams.

1. The Huddle Principle – Huddling together, or team meetings are a must, however, it cannot be abused. Continue reading

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Don’t Feel Adequate to Serve?

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After serving actively for more than 10 years, I realize, there were ups and downs, there were victories and there were seasons of grief and disappointments. There’s no perfect church, there’s no perfect job, family, friends and the list goes on and on. We are all pretty messed up people.

But through this mess, God still loves us, He embraces us, cherish us, uses us in His plans, refuses to give up on us. Just as God used this list of imperfect and untrained people of the Bible, they became heroes for Jesus and God wants to use us the same way. They were in the plan of God just like you are in the plan of God.

If you ever feel inadequate to serve God, know that:

  1. You’ve joined the crowd of messed up people in the Bible, who made history for Jesus
  2. God will never give up on you just like He’s promised you (Rom 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable)
  3. Just because God didn’t give up on you, don’t give up on yourself. He believes in you wholeheartedly

I realize that THROUGH IT ALL, Jesus is always here walking alongside our journey. Enjoy His presence as you walk through life, no matter what season you are in. Be a hero for Jesus and continue to serve Him each day!

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The Lost Art of Note Taking

When I pray and get something from God, my notepad or iPhone is always near me and I write down what God says to do or how I can change my thought patterns. When I go to church, my faithful notebook is always with me. When someone asks me to help with something I note that down so I won’t forget. If you value what someone says, you take notes. Period.

When I was in Nepal with about 24 other people, we went into an American restaurant and a Nepalese waiter came and took down our orders. Continue reading

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Forgot About Your New Year’s Resolution?

In 2012, the Top 10 New Year’s Resolution were:
  1. Lose Weight
  2. Getting Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family
All noble dreams, goals and plans. Continue reading
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Where Is Your Command Center?

A country’s military operates and runs out of a place like that. A command center. A company has something similar, but less extensive and complicated. They meet in places like board meeting rooms or conference rooms to check out their current status, discuss strategies and implement and execute plans in detail. These are all important. But equally important is your personal life and work life. Your operation is not less important than a nation’s military ops or execution of a company’s vision. Continue reading

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5 Main Principles Of A Productive Church

I was in a hotel in Bangkok recently and there was a huge Toyota staff conference meeting going on there. There were talks and what seemed like team building sessions. From the outside, I heard people shouting: Toyota! Toyota! Toyota! It was with such passion that might put a lot of churches to shame!

I then came across the “5 Main Principles Of Toyota” introduced by Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota, son of a carpenter.

1. Always be faithful to your duties, thereby contributing to the Company and to the overall good.
2. Always be studious and creative, striving to stay ahead of the times.
3. Always be practical and avoid frivolousness.
4. Always strive to build a homelike atmosphere at work that is warm and friendly.
5. Always have respect for God and remember to be grateful at all times.

Wow, I love especially the last one. Even though he was probably not a Christian, this man had some revelation. He practically summed up how we should live our lives as Christians and how to be productive for God. We should hear out a man who built an empire and have such a lasting legacy. This is like him preaching a 5 point sermon on serving.

Apply these 5 principles to your serving in church and experience the change in productivity. We as Christians should rise up above the world’s benchmark in productivity and efficiency for the gospel to go out to the world!

*5 Main Principles of Toyoda: http://www.toyota-global.com/company/toyota_traditions/philosophy/jan_feb_2006.html

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Ever Felt: Everyone Should Read This?

Have you read a book recently that you feel “Everyone should read this”. This is exactly I feel when I read a good book! If you read a good leadership or Christian book, do share it by leaving a reply!

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Leaders Are Readers & Readers Are Leaders

As I grew up as a kid, I love books. My dad will bring my sister and I to the public library and it was my weekly highlight. When I read, I would enter a different world and indulge and be totally engrossed in every story, drama, journey, life lesson that the book brought me to. When I became a Christian, I was introduced to a different genre of books. One that brought me on to a deeper journey with God. Books, and reading and learning from them has helped me in my faith and ultimately grow in leadership skills. I can’t imagine my life without reading!

If you want to learn to lead, start by reading a good Christian book today. Here are some Leadership books that I find are excellent:

1. EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey
2. The Influential Leader by John Haggai
3. Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley

Share one leadership book that you’ve read and liked!

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