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Fierce Leadership Podcast (Previously Bible Leadership)

Leading FOR Jesus disconnected FROM Jesus, makes no sense. Your influence was meant to flow from the wellspring of God’s Word, not just the latest leadership books. Find Bible-centric leadership tips at www.fierce.church/leadership. Love the Fierce Leadership Podcast? Consider becoming a Patron for as little as $1/month! https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership Prefer to make a one-time gift instead? Give securely here » https://ppay.co/D7bpyti-jP4

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BLP 23. Two Humility Reminders for the Highly Competent

Is your confidence in yourself, or in God? Do you value the counsel of others? Are you aware of your blind spots? In this episode, Pastor Mark Carter and special guest Pastor Gary Ricci discuss how to remain humble as a leader, keeping the focus where it belongs: Jesus. Love the Bible Leadership Podcast? Consider becoming a Patron for as little as $3 per month!Show Notes:Welcome to BLP. Today, Pastor Carter interviews Gary Ricci, founding Pastor of New Hope Christian Community Church in Round Lake, Illinois.In 2009, Gary was sent from his Associate Pastor position at NorthBridge church in Antioch to start New Hope. Coincidentally the same summer Carter planted his new church, about a block away. In this episode, Carter and Gary discuss how to remain humble as a leader, keeping the focus where it belongs. 1. You need this. Beware of blind spots. // With success, it’s all too easy to give yourself the glory. Everything may be going well and you’re getting even receiving compliments over other pastors, but don’t let the admiration of others go to your head. The draw to compete with, and ‘win one over on’, other pastors can lead a belief that your strengths are more important, inflating your ego. Pay attention and don’t give in to the desire to be better than another person. Illusion of self-sufficiency. // You’ll no doubt be supported by a team of other leaders, staff and maybe other pastors, all with different strengths than yours. Because your weaknesses are balanced and filled by the strengths of others, it doesn’t mean you don’t have weaknesses. When you think your strengths are the most important strengths and your weaknesses are the least important; it’s all too easy to overlook the contribution of others and inflate your own worth to the organization/church. Don’t focus only on what you do, but appreciate others’ strengths and remember your strengths don’t make you better than anyone else. Face your weaknesses. // There will be areas where you’re less competent and need help, we all have weaknesses. When things aren’t going well, and you’re hit with on-going challenges, take time to acknowledge and be honest about how your own weaknesses contributed. Examine whether your confidence is built on what you can do versus what the Lord can do. When you rely and try to build success only upon your own skills and strengths, you’ll find you fall short, we all do. Realize what you need is the supernatural, not natural. Unity and vision must be Holy-spirit led; Jesus needs to work through the church, it’s foundational. Further, scripture is your ultimate guide, spend time with the Lord, in the word, and pray and listen for wisdom.Character matters. // Even if you have all the pre-requisites for your position, on paper, your character has to be there too. Failure is part of the humbling process. If you believe the successes you see are because of only you, alternatively you’ll believe the failures are also because of you. This thinking can bring you down very quickly. Or, you may blame others that your plan wasn’t carried out exactly according to your directions. Depend on Jesus and realize none of us are competent, success comes from the Lord. He grows us through our failures. Acknowledging and valuing the gifts the Lord has instilled in others, aids in your humility journey. Ask yourself if, “Am I here to support others, and make it about them, or make it about me?” As you come to the end of yourself, pray for the Lord to bring people to the church. Let the Lord write his name on it, give Him the glory. This is the Lord’s church, remember that He is planting iSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

37mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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BLP 4. Four Completely Avoidable Leadership Mistakes That Grieve the Holy Spirit (Part 2)

When it comes to spiritual leadership, is there ever a danger of getting out AHEAD of God and not realizing it? In this episode, Pastors Mark and Brandon continue the discussion on how Bible Leaders can spot the pitfall of presumption in themselves and their organizations.Become a Patron!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

15mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #2

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BLP 12. Three Reasons the Conflict Between Creationism and Evolution Doesn't Bother Me

In this episode, Carter answers a question from one of our listeners about the conflict between Creationism and Evolution. If you have a question for the podcast, send it in by going to bibleleadership.life. It might be featured on the podcast!Become a Patron!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

12mins

21 Jun 2019

Rank #3

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BLP 6. Four Leadership Pressures That EVERYONE Will Face (Part 1)

Leaders face pressure from ALL sides. Whether it is pressure from others, pressure to appear awesome, or spiritual pressure, the stress of leadership can be a DRAIN on our relationships, our effectiveness, and our morale.In this episode, Pastors Mark and Brandon share Bible strategies to improve your leadership when the heat is on.Become a Patron!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

17mins

20 Mar 2019

Rank #4

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BLP 26. Something to Shout About: Message Highlights of 2019

As we near the end of the year, we thought it’d be fun to take a look back at the preaching highlights of 2019. We hope the Lord uses it to encourage you!Love the Bible Leadership Podcast? Consider becoming a Patron for as little as $3 per month!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

14mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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BLP 18. Three Heart Attitudes for Long-Term Healthy Ministry (Part 1)

Why do leaders fall? What can we do to prevent moral failures from happening to us? In this episode, Carter interviews Pastor Brian Davies of Lord of Glory Lutheran Church to find out how we can sustain healthy ministry long-term.Love the Bible Leadership Podcast? Consider becoming a Patron for as little as $3 per month!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

18mins

12 Sep 2019

Rank #6

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BLP 20. What Should We Learn From Leaders Who Have a Public Moral Failure? (Part 1)

It seems like leaders are falling more and more these days. How does this happen? What leads to these tragedies? How is the Church dealing with the aftermath? In this episode, Carter interviews Pastor Scott Chapman of The Chapel to discover what we can learn from leaders who have a public moral failure.Love the Bible Leadership Podcast? Consider becoming a Patron for as little as $3 per month!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

24mins

25 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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BLP 14. Three Essentials for Leaders Who HAVE Leaders (Part 1)

The job of second and third-chair leaders can be challenging and involves helping the people under them, while also representing the leader above them. In this episode, Pastor Mark Carter and special guest Melissa Labellarte discuss the role of second and third-chair leaders and explain how they can lead well, while also representing their first-chair leader, the organization, and Jesus accurately and effectively. Love the Bible Leadership Podcast? Consider becoming a Patron for as little as $3 per month!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

19mins

1 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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BLP 31. Overcoming Insecurity as a Female Leader in Ministry (Part 2)

In the rush and temptation to 'make it all happen', are you owning too much of your leadership results? How do we put ourselves aside, allowing God do what only He can do, in and through us? In part 2 of this series, Carter and Erin Thompson delve into how to lead from a place of ultimate security and freedom in Christ.Love the Bible Leadership Podcast? Consider becoming a Patron for as little as $3 per month!Show Notes | Get the PDF1. How to stay coachable and not take personal criticism too personally.Don’t find your value in your performance.Be secure in how God made you.Encourage and celebrate.2. Keep taking the next, right step.God’s got this, take steps.God has purpose in His timing.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

24mins

28 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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BLP 27. 10 Years Into a Church Plant - Avoid These Mistakes

So, you want to start a church or you're in the first several years of a church plant? Carter and Brandon discuss four lessons lived and learned over the past ten years since their church plant partnership.Love the Bible Leadership Podcast? Consider becoming a Patron for as little as $3 per month!Show NotesWelcome to BLP. Today, Pastor Carter interviews Brandon Adkins, his partner in planting the church, ten years ago. Brandon is Worship Pastor at Fierce Church.In this episode, Carter and Brandon discuss four lessons they learned over the years, that in retrospect may seem really obvious, but come from God-given wisdom based on experience.Jesus over “likes”. // When you work toward the goal of popularity, especially in the form of social media attention or “likes”, it can distract your mindset and motives from what’s important. Remember the difference from what is fleeting and what is lasting, what is world-pleasing and what is Jesus-pleasing. Whose applause are you seeking? Are you focusing more on image than substance? Sensational stories of amazing kingdom work, while super cool, are also rare and out of the “norm”. Thinking that your work has to be newsworthy can pull you away from the essential: the day in, day out loving, discipling, witnessing and pursuing of scripture. Don’t give in to the lust to feel important, do what’s important. 1 John 2:16 (GNT) Everything that belongs to the world- what the sinful self desires, what people see and want, and everything in this world that people are so proud of- none of this comes from the Father; it all comes from the world.There can be a lot of “world” in the Church. Demonstrate excellence unto the Lord with your work ethic, your hustle. Awesomeness takes hard work and God is worthy of it, even if no one else notices. Come back to your “why”. Be humble enough to work with the resources you have (as small and imperfect as they may be), in faith, and God will trust you with more. Don’t make promises with the purpose of keeping others happy. // Proverbs 29:25 (NASB) The fear of man brings a snare. It’s natural to want to keep others happy, but keep in mind that they will bring expectations and sometimes mixed motives. People will look toward you to do what only God can, but keep pointing people back to God and His power. Be discerning, emotionally neutral, and patient in your decisions to reward or appoint people a position within the church. Invest in Sith robes. Watch for those seeking significance through ministry, God provides validation, positions do not. Shepherd others in their relationship to the Lord, to make sure their hearts and desires are in the right place, and that God is opening doors in His timing.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

18mins

3 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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BLP 10. Building Your Confidence to Take the Shot

Most of us could use a little more confidence. In this episode, we talk about why confidence matters and four areas we need to repeatedly choose to be confident as leaders.Become a Patron!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

18mins

30 May 2019

Rank #11

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BLP 16. Discouraged in Ministry? Three Reminders to Keep You Balanced (Part 1)

Whatever your role in ministry — whether a senior pastor, a ministry leader, or a volunteer — it can be easy to get discouraged when you are not seeing much external fruitfulness. In this episode, Pastor Carter interviews special guest Mike Bryant, pastor and church planter, about not becoming discouraged and not taking too much responsibility for ministry. Love the Bible Leadership Podcast? Consider becoming a Patron for as little as $3 per month!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

18mins

21 Aug 2019

Rank #12

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BLP 19. Three Heart Attitudes for Long-Term Healthy Ministry (Part 2)

So many of us have concerns about what other people think, which is a major detriment to leading strong for Jesus. In this episode, Carter continues his talk with Pastor Brian Davies as they discuss the question every leader should ask themselves regularly — Do I care too much what other people think?Love the Bible Leadership Podcast? Consider becoming a Patron for as little as $3 per month!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

16mins

18 Sep 2019

Rank #13

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BLP 15. Three Essentials for Leaders Who HAVE Leaders (Part 2)

The job of second and third-chair leaders can be challenging and involves helping the people under them, while also representing the leader above them. In this episode, Pastor Mark Carter and special guest Melissa Labellarte continue their discussion about the role of second and third-chair leaders and explain how they can help protect the vision when people are having doubts and difficulties.Love the Bible Leadership Podcast? Consider becoming a Patron for as little as $3 per month!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

20mins

14 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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BLP 33. Three Steps to Better Decision Making

In this episode, Chris Rivers speaks with Mark Carter and discusses the building blocks for making good decisions. Chris is the founder of CultureBus, which he created to help teams create tools to ensure a forward-moving culture.Chris and Mark also discuss the Fierce Code, which is our cultural compact and act as core values that guide our decision making.Along with this episode comes the Making Good Decisions Tool, generously provided by CutureBus. You can access it here.Love the Bible Leadership Podcast? Consider becoming a Patron for as little as $3 per month!EPISODE RESOURCES:CultureBusTools.ccThe Fierce CodeSwordgirl ConferenceBuilt to Last by Jim CollinsNew to Fierce? Exploring Jesus? Want to support Fierce Church? Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

25mins

19 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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BLP 17. Discouraged in Ministry? Three Reminders to Keep You Balanced (Part 2)

Whatever your role in ministry — whether a senior pastor, a ministry leader, or a volunteer — it can be easy to get discouraged when you are not seeing much external fruitfulness. In part two of this interview, Pastor Carter and Mike Bryant explore how leaders can help others maximize their role in fruitful ministry.Love the Bible Leadership Podcast? Consider becoming a Patron for as little as $3 per month!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

16mins

29 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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BLP 5. How to Catch 'People Problems' Before They Surprise You

Leaders can get into all kinds of trouble if they don’t boldly deal with problems that are undermining their effectiveness.  In this episode, you’ll learn three essential strategies for staying ahead of people and situations that could undermine your leadership success. Listen Time ~ 13 MinutesBecome a Patron!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

13mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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BLP 3. Four Completely Avoidable Leadership Mistakes That Grieve the Holy Spirit (Part 1)

When it comes to spiritual leadership, is there ever a danger of getting out AHEAD of God and not realizing it? In this episode, Pastors Mark and Brandon will offer tips on how Bible Leaders can spot the pitfall of presumption in themselves and their organizations.Become a Patron!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

15mins

11 Feb 2019

Rank #18

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BLP 2. Three Questions For Those Who Have Experienced Rejection In Leadership

Rejection and unforgiveness are dangerous and often hidden enemies of a leader.  How can Bible leaders maintain a soft and flowing heart over the long haul?  In this episode, Pastor Mark and Brandon offer three questions that will help any leader think carefully about how they’re responding to bitterness of the heart.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

24mins

28 Jan 2019

Rank #19

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BLP 34. Two Easy to Avoid, Must-Have Conversations

Words oftentimes matter more than we realize, am I right? While it's tempting to shy away, these two types of discussions will change your leadership forever. Here's how to shift perspective and take hold of these opportunities to build up and care for your people and the church. All for the glory of Jesus!Love the Bible Leadership Podcast? Consider becoming a Patron for as little as $3 per month!SHOW NOTES• Hard conversations, embrace them. // No one likes to have difficult conversations and our natural tendency is to avoid them, hoping the problem will resolve itself, which only makes matters worse. It’s important to step in quickly and address the issue. Remember that confrontation, when it comes from a Christian leader, comes from a place of caring. You’re calling others to a standard, as Christ-followers, and helping shape emerging leaders... [Read More]Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fierceleadership)

28mins

17 Apr 2020

Rank #20