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Don’t Settle for Okay: Profiles Move Church Teams from Good to Great

March 9, 2020
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As a local church pastor for twenty-five years, Michael Lee was no stranger to personality differences in his congregation. Plus, his undergraduate degree in psychology had introduced him to dozens of kinds of personality assessments and tools. But even so, when Michael enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at New Orleans Baptist Theological…

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Profiles at Seminary: “I Wish I’d Started Using Them Sooner”

February 7, 2020
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DMin Candidates Grow in Self-Awareness to Lead From Their Strengths Dr. Tate Cockrell was serving at a local church when he first became aware of the Leading From Your Strengths profile. He completed his individual assessment during a staff development retreat. “When I saw my very own report, I was blown away by its accuracy,”…

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Certified practitioner Jeff Germo

Leadership Development: Discipleship Transforms a Church and Entire Community

September 12, 2018
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When Jeff Germo was called as lead pastor of Campbell River Baptist Church (Campbell River, British Columbia), the elder/deacon board gave him a mandate to develop leaders. “The discipleship system in the local church isn’t working,” says Jeff. Leadership skills grow out of spiritual formation and that everybody in God’s church is broken, including himself.…

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Dale Sellers

Guest Post: Yes, You CAN Cast Vision Effectively

February 21, 2018
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3 Roadblocks That Leaders Can Overcome By Dale Sellers* I knew the day was coming—I’d been sensing it for some time. Our church had been cruising along for years, experiencing steady growth and a vibrant community anchored around a strong vision. New people checked us out every week. We saw people committing their lives to…

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Dr. Roger Yancey

The Profiles: Efficient, Reliable – and Good

March 16, 2017
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Dr. Roger Yancey Regularly Uses LFYS With Churches, Leaders, and Teams If a tool is easy to use and gets powerful results – and is a great value– well, why wouldn’t you use it? Such is Dr. Roger Yancey’s take on the Leading From Your Strengths profiles. As Executive Director of Tyron Evergreen Baptist Association…

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Dr. Gerry Lewis

Coaching: Don’t Try to Be “the Guy Who Does Everything”

January 18, 2017
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Dr. Gerry Lewis Coaches Leaders to Optimize Strengths on Their Teams “Most pastors and leaders of small churches try to be ‘the guy,’’ says Dr. Gerry Lewis, Executive Director of Harvest Baptist Association in Decatur, TX. “You know, ‘the guy’ who tries to do everything.” It’s a recipe for burnout that Gerry has seen more…

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Dalton and Vicki Jantzen

Coaching: Steering Out of a Staff Mismatch

June 16, 2016
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Coach Uses Profiles to Uncover Misalignment A leadership team from a local church approached Dalton & Vicki Jantzen, asking for help in coaching their new pastor. It was a typical assignment for this couple, who draw upon 16 years in the remote mission field and subsequent two decades in the business world as they coach…

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Scott Mawdesley

Versatility: Leader Uses Profiles to Onboard New Team Members

April 7, 2016
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Scott Mawdesley Transitions and Coaches Church Staff With LFYS “I have a confession,” says Scott Mawdesley, a campus pastor with 12Stone Church in Gwinett County, GA. “I use the Leading From Your Strengths profiles differently from other leaders.” Scott hit on a powerful facet of the profiles: their versatility. It was during a break from…

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Church Staffing: Marry Rachel, End Up With Leah?

January 11, 2016
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Donald Hintze Uses Profiles to Connect the Right Leader to a Church Staff “You don’t want to think you’re marrying Rachel and end up with Leah,” says Donald Hintze, Executive Director of The Gulf Coast Baptist Association, referring to missteps taken by church search committees when they hire new staff. In coaching and leading an…

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One-on-One Coaching

April 17, 2013
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One-on-One Coaching: Self-Discovery Leads to New Purpose As Christian life coach Deb Mertin works with leaders she draws on a unique personal perspective, having herself transitioned to professional ministry leadership after 25+ years in the health care field.  “Some clients are new to leadership and are seeking to clarify their vision for ministry,” Deb says.…

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