10 Blogs, 30 Days

Never Stop Learning

I've been leading worship for almost 20 years, but I still have a ton to learn. Lately I've been a sponge for learning about songwriting, leading worship, and being creative.

I think it's vital for worship leaders and creatives to admit that they're not as great as they think they are. Sounds a bit like something from Romans:

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

(Romans 12:3 ESV)

I have to say, I've not been as

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How Leaders Develop

Though I have much more to learn, John Maxwell's insights on leadership have been a huge help to me. Below is a great excerpt from a recent post he did at his site.

Leadership is not an exclusive club reserved for those who were "born with it." The traits comprising the raw materials of leadership can be acquired.

Link them up with desire and nothing can keep you from becoming a leader.

Some people have a more intuitive grasp of how to lead than others. These "natural-born leaders" will always emerge, but their influence hinges upon their ability to supplement inborn talent with learned skills. Ultimately, leadership is developed, not discovered.

Great stuff. And encouraging too if you're not one of those "natural-born" guys... Read the entire post here on the 3 E's of Leadership Development and then... get to work!

Developing A Personal Growth Plan (4) - Jim Reklis

ACT

Here is the last in my series on personal growth. If you haven’t read the other three, I recommend you go back and read them to get the full picture.

Assessment asks “where am I?”, alignment, “where am I going?”, and action asks, “how will I get there?”

You may have noticed that a gap was created between your assessment and alignment, where you are now and where you hope to be. The third and critical step is creating an action plan to bridge this gap. Think of it as a road map to get you from your current location to your desired destination.

Think for a moment on why

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Developing A Personal Growth Plan (3) - Jim Reklis

ALIGN

Welcome to part 3 of my previous posts on developing your own personal growth plan. We have moved from assessment to alignment.

If assessment asks the question, “Where am I?” alignment asks, “Where am I going?”

Alignment is about vision, a preferred future in the areas you assessed and relies on your deeply held values, beliefs, and convictions. Another way to think of alignment is as a compass, it points you in the true direction you want to move toward.

As a Christian you draw from Scripture as a revelation of God’s

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Developing a Personal Growth Plan (2) - Jim Reklis

ASSESS

Where to begin

If you have never attempted this before you might be asking, “Where do you start when developing a personal growth plan?”

There is no single way, but a wise person stated that you cannot move forward into the future without a clear understanding of where you are in the present.

This is true in your personal growth.

So I begin with

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