Michael Todd, New York Times bestselling author and pastor of Transformation Church, takes us behind the scenes to share what he’s learned about where his drive and quest for success comes from, what taking 103 days off of leadership has done for him, and what it takes to have crazy faith.
Welcome to Episode 448 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.
Plus, in this episode’s Ask Me Anything About Productivity segment, Carey answers Carter’s question about using the Thrive Calendar template when you’re not the one setting your own meeting times.
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Last year, Barna and Gloo launched an effort to equip the Church through the “State of the Church” research and toolkits. Over 25,000 churches benefited.
This year, Barna and Gloo are launching Barna Cities. It’s a year-long journey focused specifically on what makes each city unique.
With Barna Cities, you will have access to new local research from Barna. And, you’ll get to join with other local church leaders every month to get new research and insights that Barna will put into context.
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Insights From Michael
1. Sometimes a “Holy Pause” makes for a golden opportunity
When a pause interrupts your organizational or personal forward-motion, it can feel like you’re losing momentum or growth, but really it can be the best thing for you. Sometimes it’s God saying, “Watch and see what I’m doing and where I’m doing it.” Margin gives time to reevaluate and calibrate.
Michael shares, “Every great thing I’ve ever done came in the margin. It never comes when I’m trying to get it. It never comes when I’m chasing after it. It’s like every great thing comes when you’re just still. A butterfly does not ever land on somebody who’s running. A butterfly lands on people who are still.”
2. Choose a pace based on your purpose, not your ego
When your organization or platform gains notoriety, realize that it’s not because of you. Let the knowledge that you’re being watched help you stay sober-minded. According to Mike, “Most people are running at a pace that has nothing to do with their purpose. They’re running at a pace that has to do with their ego. And that’s one thing I had to check in my heart as God began to do all of these things. Am I running at…the pace of grace?”
3. Maturity trumps gifting
When we identify what we’re good at, sometimes we want to run with it without taking the time to grow and mature our talents. Ineffectiveness can be the result of immaturity.
Michael also reminds us that our talents aren’t something we’ve worked for; they’re gifts from the start. “The story [of the talents] is not about what the servants did with their one, two and five. It was that what they were given was a grace gift from the beginning. None of them worked for their one, two or five.”
Quotes from Episode 448
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