I’m in the final stretch of my program with the Faith Leaders Institute sponsored by the Center for Religion & Civic Culture at USC. We had our last class this weekend when I got back from my trip to Wisconsin and my final paper is due this Friday. This has been an intense course designed to equip and challenge faith leaders to become active participants in their communities and bring about social and political change. I have been truly amazed at the amount of information they have provided us with. I can say, without hesitation, that their leaders are excellent educators.
I have had the honor of sitting under professional leaders like Rev. Cecil Murray and Rev Frank Jackson Jr. as well as highly educated professors like Brie Laskota, as they shared valuable information for creating solid organizations with the highest of financial integrity. This course has been absolutely perfect for us since we have been working with ministries in need of restructuring. Not only have they taught us about the legalities of ministry, but they have also taught us about leadership in ways I rarely see in churches today. These teachings about leadership that, in my opinion, should be a big part of church ministry. Nevertheless, I firmly believe the leadership style they have taught is in harmony with the scriptures and can be of great value to any bloggers (or group blog) who desire to be considered a ministry.
I’ll be incorporating what I have learned into my articles here at The HomeSpun Life and hope you will subscribe to stay updated.
In addition to this course I have taken, I have invested my free time into learning more from fantastic leadership books by some of the greatest leadership teachers of our time. I firmly believe that we can learn so much from studying the leadership style of many popular leaders. By studying Hitler, David Koresh, and Jim Jones we learn what NOT to do in leadership. sadly, somewhere along the way, many church leaders have adopted a toxic style of leadership and I see it pouring out in how many bloggers market their blogs. Would you want to know if your leadership style looks like that of Nazi Germany? I would hope you’d want to know how to begin making changes so your story is told with the grace and love of God. I know, sounds kinda creepy huh? Those of us who have studied cults and their tactics can spot a cult leader by reading one blog post and reading their latest tweets.
Matthew 23:10-12, “10 Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. 11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” ESV
I don’t want to call anyone out by name, but I do want to expose unhealthy leadership styles and teach you how to make the transition to be a mentally and spiritually healthy leader in your blog community. You’ll be surprised at how many unhealthy philosophies have been taught and perpetuated by many churches in America. I have begun a series at the Pix-O-Sphere Blog on the 20 Common Beliefs that Hinder Success which will have a life coach style of teaching to introduce a healthy philosophy for blogging and for marketing your content. My series at Pix-O-Sphere will be on a professional level, while future articles here at The HomeSpun Life will be specifically focused on social media with a Christ centered approach accompanied by scripture.
2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” KJV
There are things you’ll want to know about blogging as a ministry. I’ll share what I know about what you’ll need to do in order to comply with the IRS, if and when you’ll need to, and how to protect your Gospel centered social media
foot finger print. I recently posted about how to avoid being sued and how to wisely choose an online partner, but there is so much more I have yet to share with you. I believe in making the most of my social media time, because I view my time as an investment into the lives of others.
I hope you’ll join me in this exciting time of making a change in how we present ourselves (and God) to the online community.
Luke 22:24-27, “24A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.” ESV