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On Leadership
Episode 1 — What Leaders Can Learn From Washington

In this inaugural episode of On Leadership, Founder & CEO of CourageToLead.com Shawn Lovejoy and Exponential Co-Founder and CEO Todd Wilson introduce the new series On Leadership and discuss key lessons church leaders can learn from Washington.

Is your head spinning from everything that’s been happening in Washington, D.C., recently, as we head into a new year with a new President?

How can we maintain our pose, not feeling the need to react to every post or piece of news… and communicate in such a way that we don’t alienate those we’re trying to reach?

“A staff doesn’t make a team… but it can become one,” says Lovejoy.

We must speak up and speak out but do so with honor and respect, especially for those who think differently than we do.

“While the type of Biblical leadership needed right now in our nation is hard to find in Washington and politics, there are some critical lessons and wise behaviors that we can extract from these trying times,” writes Todd Wilson.

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE

  1. We must message in such a way that we don’t alienate those we’re trying to reach. 

COVID-19 has amplified and accelerated pre-existing trends, such as church attendance and digital options. This has been an innovative year. Churches have had to innovate like never before.

The pastors who come out stronger from this will be the ones who see opportunity.

  1. We must maintain our pose, not feeling the need to react to every post or piece of news. 

“Be careful not to preach the Gospel with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other hand,” Shawn Lovejoy reminds us.

We are called to avoid unwinnable debates and idle chatter that seduce us into becoming the detestable person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Todd Wilson shared a saying from his days in the United States Navy: “You can’t win, you can lose, and you can’t quit.”

  1. We must speak up and speak out but do so with honor & respect, especially for those who think differently than we do. 

It’s important to be a peacemaker, not a troublemaker.:

  • Peacemakers are wise enough to speak in a way that doesn’t alienate or polarize.
  • Peacemakers are wise enough to maintain our poise, not feeling the need to react to every post or piece of news. 
  • Peacemakers wise enough to treat every person with honor and dignity, especially for those who think differently than they do. 

Peacemakers are wise enough to speak in a way that doesn’t alienate or polarize; maintain their poise, not feeling the need to react to every post or piece of news; and treat every person with honor and dignity, especially for those who think differently than they do.

RESOURCES

10 Tough Rules for Public Engagement — click here

Troublemakers vs. Peacemakers — click here

3 Signs of a Peacemaker — click here

Episode Replay — click here

“Learning From Washington” by Todd Wilson — click here

Hosts

Shawn Lovejoy

Founder & CEO of CourageToLead.com

Todd Wilson

President & Co-Founder of Exponential

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Featured Guest

Mindy Caliguire

Mindy is the co-founder and president of Soul Care, a spiritual formation ministry that exists to increase “soul health” in the Body of Christ. She serves in executive leadership at Gloo (www.gloo.us), and prior to that served as Director of Transformation Ministry for the Willow Creek Association (WCA). She speaks and advises organizations including Spire, Stadia Church Planting, Salvation Army, and Compassion International. Her books include STIR: Spiritual Transformation in Relationships, Become Like Jesus, Discovering Soul Care, Spiritual Friendship, Soul Searching and Simplicity, as well as Write for Your Soul: The Whys and Hows of Journaling. www.soulcare.com

Michael Carrion

Michael is the Senior and planting pastor of Promised Land Covenant Church, a missional church in the North and South Bronx. He also serves Redeemer City to City, recruiting and training church planters in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens. He has 25 years of experience in urban ministry, with specific focus and gifting in urban church planting, designing and leading urban charter schools and launching national social justice movements. Michael has received national recognition from the US Government for his work in urban centers, specifically throughout New York City, and has consulted for a variety of church- and faith-based organizations.

Hosts

Shawn Lovejoy

Shawn is the Founder & CEO of CourageToLead.com. His heart beats for coaching leaders through what keeps them up at night. Shawn has been a successful real estate developer, church planter, megachurch pastor, and successful entrepreneur and leadership coach.

CourageToLead.com facilitates leadership growth and organizational health for leaders all around the globe. Shawn developed the GearsofGrowth® Assessment for Leaders and the Gears of Personal Growth® for Leaders. Shawn now leads a team of coaches through CourageToLead who coach leaders through what keep them up at night!

Shawn is the author of three books, including Be Mean About the Vision: Preserving and Protecting What Matters, released with Thomas Nelson Publishers in 2016. Shawn’s latest book, Measuring Success: Your Path to Significance, Satisfaction, & Leading Yourself to the Next Level, released nationally in April, 2019.

Shawn has been married (for a quarter of a century!) to his partner and best friend Tricia Lovejoy, and they have three children: Hannah, Madison, & Paul. They all call Birmingham, AL home.

Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson is co-founder of Exponential, providing vision, strategy and direction for the ministry.

Todd is a nuclear engineer by training who left a successful career in the marketplace for full-time vocational ministry. He is passionate about mobilizing people on their unique, God-given, personal calling. He is the author of several books including More: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure (published by Zondervan in April 2016).

Todd and his wife Anna live in Durham, NC. They have two sons and two daughters-in-law: Ben & Therese and Chris & Mariah.

We are better together!

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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