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Feature Article: "Receiving Feedback as Leaders to Provide Inspirational Leadership to Those Who Follow "

Suzanne Recommends:

  • Pastor's Forum - Next event, June 18, Monday, 8 p.m. EST
  • New Movements in the Church - Making Christianity Relevant in a Counter-Culture with Guest Senior Pastor Ken Baugh (details below)

  • Receiving and Giving Feedback as Leaders to Provide Inspirational Leadership

    Over the years, I've been blessed with many leadership development experiences, including mentors, training in seminary and out, in addition to on-the-job experiences in the marketplace and in the church.

    Recently, my husband and I had the great privilege of participating in an outstanding leadership development experience called LEAD, offered at Dallas Theological Seminary as part of my DMIN program. LEAD is a very coaching-intensive program offered for ministry leaders and their spouses. In the program, we worked through our ministry, personal, family and life dream goals and history with the assistance of an outstanding four-person coaching team.

    The program consists of an analysis of personal evaluations, 360 leader reviews, peer and team reviews, temperament analyses, and gifting patterns throughout our lives. Having my husband participate was invaluable and helped us grow to know one another at a deeper level.

    The premise of LEAD is Christ's ongoing goal to transform us into His image. No matter how mature we are in our walk with Christ, there are still parts of us not yet like Him. Some won't be until we're in heaven with Him.

    Self-awareness as a leader is key in continually improving the quality and heart of your leadership. Often you've learned patterns from childhood to cope with your lives, and over time, these patterns become submerged into your subconscious and become part of how you operate.

    However, these may not be godly patterns and may be areas God wants to transform. David, the Psalmist, the man after God's own heart, recognized this tendency in himself. He prayed in Ps. 139:23-24: "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." David knew himself well enough to know there could be sinful patterns beneath his consciousness that could separate him from God and others.

    Our coaches were extremely helpful and illustrated the biblical principle of "iron sharpening iron." Proverbs 27:17 tells us "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. After careful reflection, they were able to point out issues, either old or new, in our lives. Sometimes you may still be suffering from a past issue, yet have grown and it's not as much a part of your life. However, there's still some wounding there that can impact the heart of your leadership.

    Many pastors have no one in their lives who can provide this type of coaching, accountability or even a safe place and person to talk with. This places them in a vulnerable position.

    Some churches and pastors are suffering from sins from the past as well. In 2 Samuel 21, God told David that Israel was suffering a famine because of "Saul's bloody house" - because of a covenant Saul had violated that Joshua had made wtih the Gibeonites. A whole country was being disciplined for the actions of a leader 25-30 years earlier. Ken Quick discusses these dynamics in his work, Healing the Heart of Your Church. (details in right panel)

    Are you providing this type of leadership coaching and feedback to your staff and leaders? Is someone providing it for you? If we allow our lives to go unexamined, we allow room for the enemy to play with our souls.

    As leaders, you set the tone and leadership culture in your churches and ministries. You'll want to ensure that you're protecting yourself and your leadership team from the enemy of your souls who'll use whatever means possible to hinder the work of God in this world. Be self-aware, have a coach, and don't let Satan gain any gound in your life or ministry..

    Need a coach or consult? I'd love to serve you. Just contact my office at (703) 282-2325 for more information.
    Did you Miss our April 25 Pastors' Forum Kickoff?

    It was on "How to Build Powerful, Inspired Teams to Accomplish the Work of Ministry."

    I want to offer it to you as a gift - a free trial month of the Pastors' Forum. You may access the FREE 1-hour audio class by linking to Pastors' Forum FREE Audio Class. The handout associated with the class is at Pastors' Forum April 07 Handout. My prayer is that it's of great benefit to you and your ministry!

    Our next Pastors' Forum is next Monday, June 18, 8 pm - 9 pm EST, 7 p.m. CST / 6 pm MT / 5 PST. Please join me and other pastors for a special teleseminar with our guest, Senior Pastor, Ken Baugh, of Coast Hills Community Church in Aliso Viejo, CA.

    Ken and I will be discussing new grassroots movements in the church such as the priesthood of the believer, community service, the emerging church, exegetical preachng, and the use of apologetics to combat the flaws of postmodern thought.

    Can't make it? No problem. If you enroll as a member of the Pastors' orum, we'll ship the audio link and CD directly to your office for the listening convenience of you and your staff and volunteer leadership team, and you'll receive a complimentary copy of the case study below.

    You may enroll for the Pastors' Forum via our SECURE SERVER by clicking on the "Enroll Here" red button below.

    June Coaching Special

    With enrollment in the Pastors' Forum, you’ll receive a complimentary 30-minute personal or church coaching consult. Just contact my office at I'd love to serve you.

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    Please let me know what issues you would like to hear about in the next newsletter, such as hiring or managing staff, inspiring volunteers, or preventing burnout, for examples. I'll do my best to address your concerns! I look forward to speaking with you all next month.

    Many prayers and blessings to you all,

    Leadership Tips is a monthly e-zine written and published by Suzanne Martinez, founder of SFM Consulting & Associates, LLC. Our purpose is to help leaders develop healthy leadership cultures and healthy relationships - cultures that promote growth and maximize personal and organizational performance.

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    June 2007
    Vol. I, Issue 7

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    Like people, a church can become sick and traumatized from past sins in its corporate Body. The destructive effects of these past sins can linger for decades, hindering the present and future work and growth of the church.

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    About Suzanne

    Suzanne France Martinez
    Founder & Principal

    During the last 20 years as Suzanne served in the marketplace and in ministry, she learned to excel amidst the pressing demands and challenges of leadership in each setting.

    Suzanne's passion is to help leaders develop healthy leadership cultures and healthy relationships - cultures that promote growth and maximize personal and organizational performance.

    Suzanne desires to help leaders renew and refresh their vision, attain new levels of leadership excellence, and build healthy and strong leadership organizations.

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