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7 Things Christians Should Give Up to Reach Unchurched People

7 Things Christians Should Give Up to Reach Unchurched People

7 Things Christians Should Give Up To Reach Unchurched People
So you want your church to reach people who don’t go to church.
That’s wonderful because that’s basically the mission of the church: to share the love of Christ with the world in hopes that everyone will come into a relationship with Jesus.
The challenge is that unchurched people aren’t exactly flocking to most churches, and many Christians seem stumped as to why that is.
There are many reasons, but a surprising number center around one thing: Christians who treat the church as if it’s their private club.
The gravitational pull of human nature is toward self, not toward others, and churches behave the same way. You will focus almost exclusively on your needs and wants unless you decide not to.
And that’s exactly what far too many churches do: focus exclusively on the needs and wants of their members.
OK, it’s worse than that. Maybe it’s not even about needs and wants. Maybe it’s about preferences.
So many church leaders (staff and volunteer) struggle to lead beyond the preferences of the church members. And as soon as they try, they get inundated with complaints and angry emails. Too many Christians feel like it’s their right to have a church that caters exactly to their tastes and whims, and millions are paying the price for that (including unchurched people).
Catering to the preferences of members is a terrible idea for three reasons.
First, it’s killing the church. Attendance continues to stagnate or decline as people drift further and further from Christ (here’s a five-part blog series I did on declining church attendance).
Second, it’s an unwinnable game. Even in a church of 100 people, you’ll never be able to please everyone.
Finally, and most importantly, it’s just wrong. Since when did the personal preferences of members become a legitimate reason to keep people away from God’s love?
When your preferences keep unchurched people from the promise of Christ, it’s time to change your preferences.
Here are seven things Christians should give up to reach unchurched people.

1. Music

You would think by now we might have solved this one. But even churches who think they’ve solved it often haven’t.
Many churches who call themselves contemporary…aren’t. They’re just more contemporary than they used to be.
Have you listened to the top 40 on iTunes or Spotify recently? Probably not…because you hate that music. You even tell yourself it isn’t music. There’s no guitar. It’s all beats. And what’s with the vocal Olympics? Why can’t they make music like they used to (like in the ’90s), you say to yourself?
Which may be part of the reason your church struggles to reach anyone under 40.
Be honest. Don’t call yourself contemporary if you’re some paler version of it. Self-awareness and honesty actually matter if you’re trying to reach unchurched people.
Sadly, well-meaning self-deception runs rampant in church leadership today.
Be truthful about what you’re doing. If you are, it might just make you frustrated enough to make you change again.
In the meantime, realize that despite all the change, you could still be miles away from being relevant to the people living around you.
If you want more on music, here are five ways to battle the never-ending worship wars.

2. Politics

I’m not sure politics has been this divisive in a generation or two. But I promise you; it’s divisive. Just check your social media feed.
I know many people who say they have stopped following people on social channels and avoid the news because they’re so upset by the divisiveness.
By definition, your church needs to include people who are different than you.
God is not a Republican, a Democrat, a conservative, a liberal or a socialist. He transcends all our political categories, however important they might be to us.
Politics matter, but they will never change the world the way the Gospel can (or has).
Should Christians vote? Of course. Should Christians run for office? Absolutely. We need more women and men of character and conviction in government.
But the church doesn’t exist to elect or defeat politicians. It exists to glorify Christ and grow his Kingdom (which is an alt Kingdom) in the world. (Here are a few more thoughts on being the church in the present political climate.)
Just know this: If God has all the same opinions your political party does, you’re probably not worshipping God.

3. Style

It seems the likes and dislikes of Christians run deep and wide these days.
We have opinions on everything from the coffee we serve to the color of the paint to the flooring in the auditorium to what we call the auditorium (“It’s a sanctuary, people!” he said, loudly) to the color shirt the greeting team wears.
Christians seriously leave churches and try to divide churches over issues like that?
You know what that is? It’s pettiness.
Obviously, at some level, all those things matter.
But instead of running it through a filter of what you like, run it instead through a filter of whether what you do is effective in reaching the people you’re trying to reach.
And church leaders, you need to choose who you focus on: members or those not yet coming to your church.
I agree with my friend Reggie Joiner who says leaders should focus on who they want to reach, not who they want to keep.

4. Buildings

As Christians, sometimes we get more attached to our buildings than we do to our mission. Christians should also be willing to give up their buildings to reach more people.
This can happen on several levels.
First, don’t resist renovations. If you’re still asking toddlers to meet downstairs in a mouldy basement with green carpet, don’t be surprised when you can’t keep young families coming to your church.
Second, be willing to do what it takes to reach people. Sometimes that might mean moving from a permanent to a portable location. Other times it might mean doing a huge expansion. Don’t resist.
Finally, in a growing number of cases where churches are dying, this will mean flipping the keys to a growing church that lacks a building.
One of the oddities of the era we’re in these days is that the churches who have buildings often have no people, and the church plants that have people often have no building. Flip that.
I love hearing about the growing number of churches who are giving their building, assets and leadership over to a young church that’s reaching people.

5. Money

Dying churches that own buildings also often have money.
If a church doesn’t flip the keys and simply closes, then in many cases, denominations (many of which are also in decline) often take the money after a church closes and uses it to prop up, well, a dying denomination.
What if instead that money was redeployed to plant new churches? Even new churches that aren’t part of that ‘denomination’?
In the emerging post-Christian era, it’s time to build THE Kingdom rather than YOUR Kingdom.
Similarly, older Christians tend to have more money than younger Christians.
What if Christians who had money used their resources to fund innovation rather than fight it?
Could you imagine what might happen?

6. Time

Being the church is about a lot more than showing up for an hour on Sunday or tuning in online.
If you’re really going to reach the next generation, it means giving your time too.
Authentic Christianity is more about what we give than what we get. Our giving doesn’t earn us our salvation, of course, but it’s a joyful response to a God who gave everything for us.

7. Our Lives

Christians should be the most generous and selfless people on the planet.
Sadly, we’re often known as the stingiest and most selfish (ask any non-Christian who’s worked at a restaurant).
The Gospel calls us to die to ourselves so that others may live and to put something bigger than ourselves above ourselves.
If you give your life away, you find it.
When you die to yourself, something greater rises.

Let’s Help Change the Story in the Canadian Church

If you do ministry in Canada, I’d love for you to take some of these ideas (and many others) and put them into practice.
I’d love for you to join me for the first ever Canadian Church Leaders Conference in June hosted at Connexus Church.
We’re bringing top national speakers and practitioners for three days to learn together, grow together, and equip you and your team to reach more people in your community. Plus, you’ll be seated around tables, not in rows, to learn and grow from each other.
The early bird rate is on through March 17. So register your team today to get the best rates.
You can register here.

What Do You Think?

I’d love to hear what you think Christians should do to help reach our communities and the people God loves so deeply.

What is Eternal Life?


What is Eternal Life?
“He who has the Son has life;
he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
1 JOHN 5:12

Would it shock you to learn that God has not given us a thing called eternal life? The Apostle John made this quite clear in his inspired writings, saying first of all, in the oft-quoted John 3:16, that the Son is that which was given, and eternal life is simply the reward for those who receive the Son.

It becomes even more apparent in 1 John 5:12. Yes we are given Eternal Life, true, but the Life is not floating out in space somewhere waiting to fall on those who ask. Eternal Life has nothing to do with everlasting existence. Eternal Life is a Person; the Life is the Son; hence, we need only ask if we have received Jesus and we shall know whether we have Eternal Life. The Life is bound up in the Son, as is every one of God’s precious gifts. Having the Son, we therefore have all the Son has. Eternal Life is simply an alias for Christ.

Source: "Lord of All” by Chip Brogden
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How Teens Are Like Curious George

How Teens Are Like Curious George

How Teens Are Like Curious George
As a kid, one of my favorite books was Curious George. This curious brown monkey named George is brought from his home in Africa by “The Man With the Yellow Hat” to live with him in a big city. Curious George obviously gets in trouble a lot because of his curious nature. For example, Curious George watched “The Man With the Yellow Hat” make a phone call and afterward George gets curious and starts playing with the phone and “accidentally” calls the fire station. The firemen hurry to the house, only to find Curious George and no fire. The firemen arrest him for the false alarm and put him in jail.
I loved Curious George because Curious George loved to explore and loved to figure out how to live in a big city.
I think a lot of today’s teens are like Curious George when it comes to spirituality. Curious George was curious, but his curiosity got him in trouble. American teenagers are spiritually curious and want to experiment with their spiritual life, but teens are scared they might get in trouble if they experiment too much—just like Curious George did.
Christian Smith, in Soul Searching, makes it clear that spirituality is indeed very significant in the lives of many American teenagers. Hence, the problem is not convincing teens to have a spiritual life, but encouraging them to experiment on how to live out a spiritual life without being condemned. Teens tend to not connect with God because they are scared they may fail or be judged if they try to connect with Him. So as a result, they don’t do it.
This begs the question:
How are youth pastors encouraging students to be spiritually curious?
My answer:
Create safe environments that invite students to engage in the spiritual disciplines.
Spiritual disciplines are essential to the development of the spiritual journey. However, being disciplined is so hard for today’s teens, which is why we have to intentionally create space and provide great resources for students to engage in the disciplines.
Spiritual disciplines bring students closer to God.  They are great habits that pave the way for students to experience God.
We have to teach them about the disciplines. Richard Foster in Celebration of Disciplines talks about the three types of disciplines: Inward (mediation, prayer, study and fasting), Outward (simplicity, solitude, service and submission) and Corporate (confession, worship, guidance and celebration).
We have to show them how to engage in the disciplines. The easiest disciplines to demonstrate to teens are: prayer, solitude, study and service. Invite students to pray both out loud and in private. Once or twice a year provide spaces for students just to be silent and meditate on God’s word. Give students devotions (my favorite student devotional: KNOW GOD), and always be providing students places to serve in and out of the church.
Bottom line: Locate the spiritually curious students in your youth ministry and give them safe environments to try out some of the spiritual disciplines. Give them room to freely practice and live out the spiritual life. There is nothing cooler than hearing a student pray out loud for the first time.
Ultimately, Curious George wanted to experiment but he got in trouble—a lot. He was just an average, curious monkey trying to figure out how to live and play in the new land. Our teens are just trying to experiment with their faith, so we have to give them a safe and warm environment to experiment with the spiritual disciplines. Don’t discipline them for doing the disciplines wrong. It takes time to get comfortable with them. The best way to shut down a spiritually curious teen is telling them they are doing the disciplines wrong. Engaging in the disciplines isn’t about performing for God, but it is about cultivating a disciplined life that brings glory to God.
“Of all spiritual disciplines prayer is the most central because it ushers us into perpetual communion with the Father.”
― Richard J. FosterCelebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
This article originally appeared here.

Tell the Mamas in Your Church: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

Tell the Mamas in Your Church: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

Tell Mamas in Your Church: You Don't Have to Be Perfect
I wonder what mothering was like way back in the olden days… before Facebook. I believe social media has had a significant impact on us as moms. If nothing else, it gives us a window to see what all the other moms are doing that we aren’t.
  • We have Pinterest moms who can make all the amazing Valentines and teacher appreciation gifts and home decor.
  • Crossfit moms lifted 100 pounds, ran, and jumped over a small building before some of us wake up.
  • Healthy moms are serving organic snacks, banning sugar and making their own deodorant.
  • Spiritual moms just memorized five chapters of Deuteronomy with their five year old while feeding homeless people.
  • Beautiful moms look stunning in every picture and every situation.
Too often, this peek into others’ versions of motherhood often results in a whole lot of Mama guilt. Despite the many things each of us do well, we see all the things that we aren’t. Social media reminds us of all the ways we fall short as Mom’s.
The reality is we all have our parenting faults. We may make really cool decorations, but we yell at our kids to get them out of the house. We may pack healthy lunches, but at bedtime we are just done and regret every word that comes out of our mouths. We may be perfectly fit, but we have allowed our own bodies to become our focus and our idols. None of us are perfect.
And the beautiful part is that none of us have to be.
You, Mama, are a living, breathing example of the gospel in your house.
The gospel is the good news of Jesus. The good news is that we all are broken. None of us are perfect. None of us have it all together. We all mess up. We all fall short. And we all need Jesus. Our brokenness reminds us that Jesus came to heal it.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Sweet mama, you are not perfect. And the beauty of the gospel is that you don’t have to be. Our job is not to be perfect, but to point our littles towards the only One who is. Our Savior not only puts up with our weaknesses, but died for them. And not only does He forgive them, but He tells us that His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
Our imperfection allows us to point our kids towards Jesus. We teach them that none of us have it all together. We are all broken. We all need Jesus.
So what do we do?
  • We parent in the name of Jesus. (Colossians 3:17)  Not for Facebook or Instagram or our own self esteem. We love those babies, enjoy them, and tell them about the grace that comes from our Savior.
  • We just keep going. “Let us lay aside every weight, and sin (like the jealousy and the covetousness and the idols we create…) which clings so closely and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Heb. 12:1
Let’s run this race of parenting. Let’s forget comparing and measuring. Let’s give up striving for perfection on social media and strive after Jesus.
This article originally appeared here.

‘Parents on Mission’ Program Seeks to Break Cycle of Sin and ‘Criminality’ in Families Affected by Incarceration

‘Parents on Mission’ Program Seeks to Break Cycle of Sin and ‘Criminality’ in Families Affected by Incarceration

Parents on Mission prison
A program developed by a former pastor and gang expert, “Parents on Mission,” seeks to break the debilitating cycle of sin that so often rears its head in families affected by incarceration. According to the program’s developer, 70 percent of inmates are parents, and their children run an exceptionally high risk of repeating their parents’ mistakes.
“Parents on Mission” is currently being implemented in Colorado’s highest-security prison outside Canon City, Colorado. The preliminary results since the program’s initiation in 2016 are promising.
The program’s developer, Richard Ramos, has a lot of experience to back up his unique approach to helping inmates who are parents. Ramos has served as a correctional officer, Juvenile Hall instructor, high school counselor, director of a Latino youth and family teen center, and a senior pastor for 16 years.
What makes Ramos’ approach unique is the emphasis on teaching parents how to deal with their own behavior. Speaking to the Denver Post, Ramos calls it an “inside-out approach.” The six-lesson curriculum is designed to help parents forgive themselves, manage feelings of failure and build confidence. It’s an approach that has not gone untested. Ramos started teaching the lessons himself, then moved on to teaching trainers in churches and schools across the nation. In 2007, he published the six-lesson manual now being used in prisons in California and Colorado.
Ramos says the prison staff personnel he’s trained to use his curriculum have been “blown away” by the results of the program. “Inmate recidivism rates are getting better,” Ramos says—which is exactly the aim of the program.
Sitting through a lesson in Canon City, Colorado, Denver Post reporter Kirk Mitchell got a first-hand glimpse into the curriculum. He noted how the instructor, Tracy Swindler, got inmates talking about their own experiences growing up. The topic of the day’s lesson was on proper discipline measures. As the group of six inmates related the abusive measures their own parents took with them, it became very obvious the cycle of sin runs deep in their generational lines. And while it doesn’t take much to trace the thread of violence and abuse back through each inmate’s story, what you also see is their determination to see their children walk out a different path.
“I love her with a full heart. I don’t want my daughter to be in here,” inmate Charles Sachaeffer says, speaking of the four-year-old girl that is not his own, but whom he loves as if she were. All of the inmates expressed similar sentiments for their own children.
The desire for redemption runs deep in the human heart. Which is exactly why programs like “Parents on Mission” are so necessary and impacting. What I think makes the program helpful is the fact that it starts with the parents and their own needs for grace, forgiveness and healing before it asks them to look to the needs of their children. It’s similar to the concept of tending to the plank in your own eye before you try to remove the speck of dust in another’s that we read about in Matthew 7. In other words, these parents need to be moving toward health and gaining the skills to be healthy before they can help their children do the same.
Lord willing, the actions these inmates are taking to better themselves will result in better futures for their children.
What Ramos has done in developing this curriculum is certainly a lesson in patience and perseverance. All of the experience he gained, and his obvious love for broken people, have helped him in his ministry. A blog post on Ramos’ site points to the motivation behind his belief in the potential of every person—whether incarcerated or not—to live a life of purpose: “What is at the core of the essence of human beings is the fact that we were created in the image of God with purpose and meaning that plays a significant role, not only in our daily lives, but in the lives of others and in the history of all mankind.”
The fact that Ramos’ curriculum and the subsequent good it is doing didn’t develop overnight should inspire churches and leaders to do what they can with what they have. There are plenty of people in need of someone to care enough to tell them about Jesus or, like Ramos and Swindler are doing, teach them how to break the cycle of sin in their families by starting with their own behavior.
If you read this article and don’t feel your church has the capacity or the background to be able to do something like this, perhaps there is a ministry already established in your city or town that you could assist. The point is to do something—even if you are not leading the show.

Witnessing Wisdom


Witnessing Wisdom
“Arise therefore, go down and
go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.”
ACTS 10:20

The success of the mission to Cornelius’ house had less to do with Peter’s ability to speak and more to do with the audience’s ability to hear. When we speak only to whom we are sent then we will see dramatic results.

Trying to speak to everyone in general and no one in particular is a colossal waste of time and demonstrates poor stewardship. We ought not to give ten coins to someone who can only handle five, and we ought not to give five coins to someone who cannot handle even one. It is clear that much time is wasted trying to convince, persuade, plead, argue, teach, and help people to whom God has not sent us. If we will wait for the Spirit of God we will save ourselves a lot of time, effort and energy. A worker who indiscriminately throws precious seed on rocky ground and gives pearls to pigs is not being a wise, faithful, and profitable servant.

Source: “The Church in the Wilderness” by Chip Brogden
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5 Core Essentials Far Too Many Christian Leaders Stupidly Sacrifice

5 Core Essentials Far Too Many Christian Leaders Stupidly Sacrifice

5 Core Essentials Far Too Many Christian Leaders Stupidly Sacrifice
So you’re wondering how you’re going to make it in the long run in leadership. Or maybe you’re wondering how you’re simply going to make it to Friday.
I get that. Leadership is hard. But sometimes it’s not nearly as hard as we make it out to be.
Almost every day, I get questions from leaders who are burning out. Some of the most read posts I’ve written have to do with burnout (you can access most of them directly through this post).
In addition, I hear daily from leaders who may not be burning out but who are just tired.
On the other side of my burnout (which happened 11 years ago), I’ve learned there are five leadership essentials that sound so basic yet have become non-negotiable for me.
Leadership is hard. But sometimes it’s not nearly as hard as we make it out to be.

1. Your Prayer Life

It’s ironic that one of the first casualties of ministry is the leader’s spiritual life.
I get it. Prayer can be confusing once you’re in ministry. After all, what do you pray for?
You want to pray for your church, but sometimes it’s easy to make that all you pray for.
A few years ago I asked my staff team this question: If you were done in ministry tomorrow, what would be left of your faith?
That’s a sobering question. If you couldn’t pray about work or leadership, what would you pray about?
You got into ministry because you knew you loved Jesus and he loved you. That hasn’t changed.
Even 10 minutes of prayer a day can make a huge difference in your life as a leader.
If you find yourself stuck in prayer, get help. I find it helpful to practice prayer in a tradition that is different from mine.
For the last six months on many mornings, I’ve used the prayers written for the Daily Office From the Mission of St. Clare to springboard my own prayers. It forces me to think differently about prayer and to pray about things I wouldn’t normally pray about.
How you pray is less important than the fact that you pray. So pray.
If you tried to build a marriage or friendship on zero communication, it would fail.
God has more love, power and strength in a single breath than you have in your entire being over a life time.
Ministry is a divine partnership. Prayer is fuel for life.
Even when you’re not ‘feeling it,’ pray. God misses you. And you miss him.

2. Scripture

I told you this list was basic.
Too many Christian leaders also sacrifice the personal reading of scripture.
There’s a world of difference between reading Romans 8 because you’re preaching on it Sunday and reading Romans 8 to hear God speak to you as a person, spouse, parent or friend.
I realized early on in my ministry that I had the propensity to cheat scripture reading because I was in ministry. So a year after I started full time in ministry, I bought a One Year Bible. The One Year Bible moves you through the entire Bible in 365 days in easy, daily readings.
For 19 years now, that’s been my daily routine. These days I use YouVersion’s plans for reading scripture in one year (here’s the plan I’m using in 2017). Whenever I’ve tried something different, I come back to the One Year plan, not because I’m strong, but because I know I’m weak if I don’t.
I love it when I read the scripture, and it just owns me.
Yesterday my personal scripture reading took me (among other places) to Proverbs 11:17, which simply says, “Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you.”
Those words reverberated like they were spoken in an echo chamber for me all day. I can be cruel at times. It was just haunting.
I felt like that was God speaking directly to me. And I needed to hear it.
Too many leaders read the Bible without letting the Bible read them.

3. Diet

For years I resisted the idea that how you cared for your body had anything to do with your spiritual, intellectual or leadership life.
Given the correlation between your diet, how you feel and, honestly, how you perform is too great to ignore. Poor diet is increasingly cited as a factor in mental health and depression.
I notice a direct connection in my mental alertness and the amount of sugar and carbs I consume. The cleaner I eat, the better I feel mentally and emotionally.
And of course, diet is directly linked to your weight. As a trainer once told me, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet.
Being overweight or even obese is almost normal in some Christian circles.
As someone who has to watch my weight very carefully (and who does not understand how anyone can be a natural bean pole), I empathize. And I also know I often eat when I’m not hungry, but when I’m upset or just bored.
And like many people, food is something I still have to stop running to as an escape.
Sadly, food is the drug of choice for many Christian leaders.

4. Exercise

When I was in my 30s, I would listen to Bill Hybels talk about physical fitness at the Global Leadership Summit and think “doesn’t apply to me.” I was 30-40 pounds heavier than I should have been and avoided exercise like the plague.
In the same way food directly impacts your mental and physical well-being, so does exercise. I hated hearing that, but it’s true.
I still love eating far more than I love exercising, but about a decade ago I bought a road bike. On the other side of burnout I realized bad diet, no exercise and other factors contributed to my crash and I needed to find some form of exercise I really enjoyed.
I still don’t love biking as much as I love BBQ, but it’s a form of exercise I enjoy the most.
It also has tremendous creative benefits. I often come up with some of my best ideas while cycling and I listen to podcasts that spark about 100 other ideas in my mind. It’s fuel in more ways than one.
Many of us in leadership try to convince ourselves that we can lead at our fullest potential without caring for our bodies.
That’s a lie.
Ignoring your physical health means you’ll never lead at your fullest potential. Think about that.

5. Sleep

I used to wear my lack of sleep as a badge of leadership honor, as in I can get by on four to five hours a night. 
I thought people who could survive on two to three hours a night were heroes. More time to work, right?
Then I burned out.
What I didn’t really know is that sleep is like money. Get overdrawn long enough and you end up in debt.
Run a sleep deficit long enough and eventually you have a big debt. And guess what? Debts need to be paid off. 
This lesson became inescapable for me personally in August 2006. Three months into my burnout, I was having a hard time functioning.
In fact, my fatigue was inescapable. So I decided to sleep every time my body told me I was tired.
I slept a lot that August. Eight to 11 hours a night. I added to that multiple naps a day whenever I could grab them.
By the end of the month, I felt much better.
And since that time, I’ve guarded sleep as one of the most important things I do every day. I take naps most days. I never book red-eye flights.
I’m so much sharper, kinder and happier when I’m rested.
Even if you’re not dead, sick or burning out, lack of sleep can turn you into you a bit of a jerk.
Unrested, you’ll snap at the kids more, fight with your spouse more, and even at work, you won’t be fun to hang around.
Here’s what I find.
I am at my most kind when I’m the most rested. When I’m tired, I’m just not nearly as nice to be around.
Finally, this too is medical.
According to research, chronic lack of sleep can cause weight gain, age your skin, harm your sex drive, impair memory and can contribute to illnesses as serious as diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and even premature death.
It’s a little shocking, but it’s not actually an exaggeration to say that a chronic lack of sleep can kill you.

What Do You Need to Stop Cheating?

I know this is a bit of a wake up call, even though it’s so basic.
But honor these five things, and you’ll be in a position to realize your full potential as a leader.
Can you grow as a leader beyond these five things? Of course.
On the other side of my burnout I developed brand new habits and practices that allowed me to do so much more than before.
I get asked about it so often I put it into a new course called the High Impact Leader Course. It’s all about getting time, energy and priorities working in your favor.
The course opens for new registrations on May 15, 2017, for a very limited time, and we have some new features we’re adding. If you want to know more, check out the High Impact Leader here, and join the waiting list. We’ll send you a free productivity course via email.
In the meantime, though, these five factors provide a baseline for the well-being every leader needs to practice.
Mess these five up, and well, it’s just a stupid way to live that robs you of what God wants to do in you and through you. I know—I cheated the last three for a decade.
What would you add to the list?
What are you learning?
This article originally appeared here.