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Change Begins with Leaders

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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Could your LWML group benefit from a little change? Sometimes all it takes is a small modification in how we do things to make a big difference and add a fresh feel to your gatherings. This month’s Tip to Lead with Confidence gives ideas that make changes go smoothly.

CHANGE BEGINS WITH LEADERS!

Explain what is changing and why it is a good idea before making that change. Communication is key! Everyone involved should be contacted and be given notice and an explanation.

Example: “The monthly gathering will be changed to
 (a different day or time.) We pray that this change will allow moms with children to attend and still be home before bedtime. This will certainly liven up our time together!

After making the change: Continue to share the what and why every time you communicate for at least six months. Share the information through church bulletins, social media, verbal announcements, flyers, and other group leaders. Has it made a difference? Share your successes.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Staying Energized as a Leader

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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Staying Energized As a Leader

Being a leader can be exhilarating but sometimes a leader may feel chronically tired, lose interest in their goals, or lack motivation to serve.  These are all signs of Leader Burn Out.

Here are some suggestions to stay energized as a leader.

  • Find a friend that you can fully trust. Discuss what you are feeling and experiencing. Share your concerns of how it might be impacting your leadership.
     
  • Write down everything that has happened in your life over the past year. Both the relaxing and stressful times. Review the list with your trusted friend for items that may cause burn out.
     
  • Ask other leaders what they do to stay motivated. Leaders need others they can rely on as difficulties arise.
  • Explore the “CliftonStrengths assessment” a self-personality profile. This will identify ways you naturally lead and will point you towards success.
     
  • Journal your thoughts and questions. Take them to God in prayer, asking for the wellness of being the leader He has called you to be.
     
  • Recharge by doing something you enjoy on a regular basis. Be creative. It can be writing, taking pictures, going for a walk, or just spend a few days with family or a friend.

Be proactive in preventing burn out so that you may accomplish great things as a leader.

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

**adapted from KevinWilson360 February 14, 2018 post

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Ministry Information Sharing

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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Ministry Information Sharing

There are many different ministries in the church. Invite other ministry leaders in your church to your gathering and share your LWML mission goal with them. This could be leaders of men’s groups, the church council, Sunday School teachers, or Bible study groups.  Encourage them to partner with your LWML in a mission project or supply them with Mite Boxes so they, too, have the opportunity to support missions.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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New Lutheran Hour Ministries Courses

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Tips for Leading with Confidence

As servant leaders in the LWML we appreciate doctrinally sound resources. The Leadership Development Committee recommends the following resources to you:

New Lutheran Hour Ministries Courses

Lutheran Hour Ministries Courses are available for anyone and free just by signing up. They are self-paced learning, include self-reflection and journaling, are easy to access on any digital device, include a variety of learning methods, and an optional group discussion guide.

Follow Me: The Calling of Jesus

Do you completely understand what it is to be a member of God’s Kingdom? Lutheran Hour Ministries has an online learning course “Follow Me: The Calling of Jesus”. In this course study Jesus points out His ministry. You will learn the five spiritual reflections of Jesus description of life. To include Christ in your life daily; being Jesus follower is not always easy; doing things differently from what is expected; to share the mission of spreading God’s Word; and to be His Hands and His feet to the world.

Everyday Opportunities

Do you have anxiety on how and what you are to say when sharing your faith and your gifts? This four session course “Everyday Opportunities” from Lutheran Hour Ministries will help you through your anxiety feelings and build relationships. You will learn your identity in Christ and discover how to use your gifts and talents in various vocational roles and relationships where God has placed you. You will learn that God is preparing you and that you are a blessings to others.

Go to the Lutheran Hour Ministries website to find their Learning Library. Sign up and click on the course that interests you.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Call to Meeting

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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome to Tips for Leading with Confidence. Clear and timely communication is extremely important as we lead the women of the LWML. We pray that these tips regarding what to include in your next Call to Meeting or invitation to an event will be beneficial to you as you Serve the Lord with Gladness.

Call to Meeting

  • Date, time, and location
  • Meeting purpose (don’t meet just because it’s scheduled. Why are you meeting?)
  • Agenda
  • Reminder of responsibilities (devotion leaders, hosts, etc.)
  • Items to bring such as Gifts from the Heart or tools for a servant event
  • Contact information for questions and to RSVP
  • Directions to the location if needed

Send the Call to Meeting or invitation 4–6 weeks in advance when members are traveling from a distance to attend district or zone events.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Share Commonalities

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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. Today we encourage you to share faith stories. We would love to hear feedback of your group’s results.

Share Commonalities

Build relationships among group members by sharing life story experiences. Below are possible conversation starters:

  • a memory from Sunday School
  • a prayer answered — even better than you desired.
  • an unexpected blessing
  •  a time God’s direction was evident in your work

Hearing stories from both young and experienced generations helps to develop and build spiritual relationships and may lead to meaningful mentoring.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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Beware of Unintentional Cliques

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Tips for Leading with Confidence

Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.  We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Beware of Unintentional Cliques

Reach out to additional women that are talented and gifted and invite them to serve. The same volunteers serving over a long period of time can, unintentionally, become a close clique causing newcomers to feel intimidated. If your committees have the same women on them year after year, mix the groups up and tap the creativity and ideas of new people. Encourage all women to use their God given talents to His glory.

God's Blessings,

Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2017–2019 Leadership Development Committee Members
Deb Vinkemeier
Cheryl Killham
Susan Brunkow, Chairman
Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory
 

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