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Advocace’s Motivation for Working with Christian Nonprofits

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God has given me this great vision: Help Christian ministries and nonprofits reach their vision and take forward the Gospel. There could be no better way to spend my days than fulfilling this purpose.

Our team at Advocace shares this vision. We work with leaders of nonprofit organizations to ensure that more homeless people have a bed at night, more men and women receive education and grow into Christian leaders, and more families come to a point of reconciliation with one another.

 

From rescue missions to Christian universities, seminaries and K-12 schools to missions organizations and radio stations, my desire revolves around seeing these Christian ministries and nonprofits make much of Christ.

Maybe you have a vision that you would like to take to the next level. It would be my pleasure to talk with you about that—just give me a call or send me an email here.

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Leaders Give You a Personal Vision

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Tom Durfey (lower left), ORU campus radio  faculty advisor gave vision to his students that continues to impact lives 35 years later. Pictured also, Joe Miller (K-Love/EMF Broadcasting), Tim McDermott ( KSBJ/Houston) & Paul Martin (Advocace). Dr. Tom Durfey gave his students—including myself—a vision of the impact they could make. Tom owned a radio station but sold this thriving business to become a college professor at Oral Roberts University. As a hands-on business owner, his experiences were meaningful, memorable and motivational. You’ll see what I mean if you read to the end. Like all strong leaders, Tom gave me experience through his stories. Those experiences gave me direction as I encountered similar situations in the professional world. Leader’s Experience Became My Experience Tom once told a retailer to give the radio station the same budget given to the local newspaper. (The retailer placed expensive, weekl ...

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The Pain in Setting Goals

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I’ll confess something to you: I have had a real problem with goals for a long time. I used to be gung-ho with goals—for years, I wrote them and I reviewed them almost every day. I can even point back to significant milestones in life were brought to reality because I prayed through goal-setting and goal-achieving every day. Reality, Aspirations and Goals But when our oldest daughter, Beth, was born, goals became so much harder to set.  Those of us with kids understand the disappointments of decisions and the powerlessness we feel.  Perhaps you are like me that before the child is born you have great aspirations for the girl’s (or boy’s) life.  Maybe she will be a physician who helps heal sick people.  Maybe she will be a great judge who settles matters in a wise and noble way.  Maybe she will carry the gospel to people who have never heard. These aspirations came into direct conflict with the reality of Beth’s birth—she was born without frontal lobes in her brain and is multiply ...

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Managing in Front of an Audience of 42,000 Screaming People

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After watching the pitcher struggle through a couple of batters, the pitching coach knows it is time to walk to the mound. Forty-two thousand people in the stadium watch the pitching coach and hope his words help the pitcher make it through the inning without surrendering a run. So at a recent game, I asked my friend who was a professional baseball short-stop for eight years, “What does the pitching coach say to a struggling pitcher on the mound?” Jeff told me that the pitching coach watches the multi-gazillion dollar pitcher closely on every wind-up, every pitch and every follow-through.  The coach observes the pitcher’s posture, motion, release and eyes.  Every pitch,  Every game.  With each movement in his mental catalog of the pitcher, the coach sees the normal, the abnormal and the potentially disastrous. He knows when the pitcher is at his best and when…well, when something bad could happen. I interrupted Jeff, “So what does he say, in front of 42,000 tense fans, to get the pitc ...

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Weaknesses: God’s Strength at Work

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People succeed not so much because of full utilization of their strengths but because of their not having significant shortcomings.  Bradford Smart “Your backhand can lose a game that your forehand won.” I remember my father telling me that after winning his tennis match one day.  Then at 80 years old, his decades of observing tennis offered a remarkably simple truth: Your strengths can put you ahead but your weaknesses can make you lose the game. Sure, sharpening your strengths is a good idea, but getting control of your weaknesses is key to high-impact performance. Acknowledging weaknesses is the first step to see God perform a mighty work.  That why the Apostle Paul wrote: I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:10 Mere acknowledgment of weaknesses, accompanied by a prayerful plan to smooth them down, allows your strengths to shine brighter. Never dwell on weaknesses, pray for discipline and God's provision t ...

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Leadership, Management and The Four Spiritual Laws: Do We Really Believe?

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During a management retreat, the Christian owner of a business addressed his management team, “Managers, you’ve got to understand that your employees are out to screw you.”  I was stunned to hear it.  I knew he had deep disappointments from employee difficulties, but that statement seemed awfully harsh and broad brushed. But maybe he had a nugget of biblical truth that I didn’t want to recognize. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (NIV) Going door to door in the hot Texas summer, I shared the Gospel using this little booklet.  The Four Spiritual Laws encapsulated a simple approach for those who want to seek God.  The little booklet used simple words and simple graphics, but I think I struggle with the implications of those four laws today more than ever. Law #2 is based on Romans 3:23 (above).  Simply put, we are so caught up in our selfish thoughts and deeds, we can’t co-exist with God.  True that.  After we receive God’s grace ...

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Fired: Performance Problems or People Problems?

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In a society where performance is trumpeted, the cold truth is that people problems can be job fatal at most non-profits. Non-profits normally don't fire team members due to performance problems. Mostly, non-profits fire team members due to people problems. Today, emotional Intelligence (EI) is more important at non-profits than for profits (and it is becoming extremely important at for profit organizations). Why?  Non-profits are normally focused on on mission. Anything that distracts from that mission--like teammember conflict--is job fatal.  Non-profits are unique because they are often led and staffed with people who are so mission-minded that they lack EI. Not the Wrong Leader, Just Needs New Skills In my work with non-profits over the last 25 years, leaders and mid-managers are often hard-working, task-oriented people with discomfort when trying to guide employees with the small corrections that a coaching-leader uses.  Often, a task-oriented person works loyally and long ...

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Be excited about how God created you

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We're all different--and that's good! God handcrafted each one of us into the person He wants us to be.  He has given us experiences unlike anyone else on planet Earth to help shape our character.  Be excited about how God lovingly created you! But there's a catch.  Often, we bump into co-workers, family members and friends that just rub us the wrong way.  We just don't seem to connect as well as other people do.  Researchers tell us that we'll understand and communicate well with about 25% of the population.  As for the remaining 75%, we just have to work harder. Purpose: The Motivation for Working Together If we believe God created us for a unique purpose, we also will believe that He created others for a unique purpose, too.  It is our job to find ways to connect and communicate with the 75%.  Learning how others like to communicate and work can be a challenge--but it is a great challenge to take on. In I Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul outlines how the diffe ...

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Helping Leaders Make Good Decisions In An Indecisive Time

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Over the next few weeks, the Average-Leader will try to defer a decision until after the election.  Above-Average-Leaders know that the best time to get an advantage is when others freeze. How do you help Average-Leaders gain an advantage while others stay slow?  Some ideas: Keep leaders focused on their objective, not the distractions.  Many of us believe this election is pivotal, but we more deeply believe that the objective we have in our organizations is of far greater importance.  On the day after the election, the leader will still need to move toward their goals and objectives.  A good question to ask leaders who are caught in pause mode: “If your objective is more important than the election results, what can we do today to pursue your objective?” Recognize the outcome of the election has little to do with short-term issues.  If the leader’s organization needs more income—a very safe assumption—they will likely still need more i ...

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Daddy, Why Is Grass Turning Brown Again?

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My friend’s son asked that question.  We were excited that his son was starting to understand the cycle of seasons—in the fall, the grass turns brown. In the spring, the grass turns green. When you understand the changing seasons, you’ll also know how to prepare your home and your car.  You’ll know which clothes to have ready for chilly mornings in the fall or winter. When you’re three years old, you can start keeping up with seasons to help you live. What if we discovered that there are ‘macro-seasons’? Macro-seasons could be longer stretches of time for cycles to occur.  What if the cycle was about the same length as a human life?  It would be hard for us to see, but once we recognize the pattern, we could better relate to people seeking Christ, to people looking for products and to people finding fulfillment in giving generously to non-profits. The Pendulum Swings Pendulum by Roy Williams and Michael Drew shows that these ‘macro season ...

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