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Lead Vertically: Inspire People to Volunteer and Build Great Teams that Last Paperback – January 19, 2016
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Dream big. Share the vision. Watch your team rise to the occasion.
When leaders inspire their teams with a vision of what is possible, passion meets production . . . and truly great things happen.
As director of ministries at Lakewood Church in Houston--the largest and fastest-growing church in America--Craig Johnson oversees thousands of staff members, lay leaders, and volunteers. He knows that meeting short-term goals is important, but he also recognizes that teams grow and grow stronger when they have a big dream to fulfill. After all, people can live with disappointment, but not without hope.
Are you challenging your team (and yourself) to dream? Are you inspiring those who follow you? Lead Vertically shows you how to motivate your team by consistently and clearly communicating that the best days are ahead. You'll learn how to foster personal trust and turn the tide of negativity with tools that are easily adaptable for teams of any size. Plus, you'll find tips and exercises for recruiting, training, and strengthening teams.
It all starts with you . . . because building up--leading vertically--begins in the heart.
Craig Johnson has served in full-time ministry for more than two decades. He is currently the director of ministries at Lakewood Church, one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in America, overseeing all pastoral ministries and staff, as well as serving as family ministries pastor. Previously, he served as co-chair for the Los Angeles Billy Graham Children's Crusade and as children's pastor at Faith Community Church in West Covina, California.
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Craig Johnson has served in full-time ministry for more than two decades. He is currently the director of ministries at Lakewood Church, one of the largest and fastest-growing church in America, overseeing all pastoral ministries and staff.
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Chapters include “Destiny Seeds” (chapter three), “Dream Makers” and “Dream Breakers” (chapters five and six), “Become a Student of Human Behavior” (chapter ten), and “The Art of Change” (chapter twelve). Perhaps, of the fourteen chapters, chapter seven sums up the book best “The Goal is Never More Important than the Person.”
Craig Johnson weaves real life stories, Scriptures, and real world object lessons together with his intended points to bring to life the text and cement the ideas he intends to convey. Each chapter ends with a “Looking Up from the Trenches” testimonies section where volunteers and leaders that have served under Craig give credit to the principles taught within that particular chapter by showing how those principles modeled in the life of Craig have impacted their lives and ministries. Following “Looking Up from the Trenches,” there is a “Questions for Action” section. These questions help the reader to apply the lessons of the chapter to their own lives and leadership.
Ideas are given for recruiting new volunteers, like fishing in a different pond. Craig points out that those who already volunteer “have multiple hooks in their mouths; they serve in multiple ministries” (page 137). Therefore, he encourages leaders to “ask God to show them a new pond” (page 137). This means becoming a student of people and looking on the inside. Too often we look upon appearance rather than the heart. The heart is where God looks and thereby the place we should be looking. Craig shows how some of his best leaders have been those that others may have overlooked.
Craig speaks of passion, patience, looking always to God for direction, placing the team above the goal, inspiring volunteers, navigating through change, helping volunteers dream again (not just in the ministry but in their personal lives), and pouring life into your team on a consistent basis by going above and beyond expectation to show them their worth. Simple ideas that can be adopted or adapted to your ministry are offered to help leaders value their volunteers and staff.
“Vertical leaders never look down, because they cannot see what is ahead; will not just look forward, because they can only see so far; but will always look up, because they know God has the best view” (page 135).
Craig loves people and you'll see that throughout this book. Craig is a successful leader, because of his love and compassion for people.
Every person on staff or a part of a leadership team should read this book.
I can not speak more highly of this book. or Craig Johnson. Lead Vertically is a Transforming, Inspiring, Encouraging, Challenging Mind SHIFT!
Craig Johnson has the ability to put things into such a new perspective. He communicates through this book in a way that is understood and relatable for anyone and yet challenges the way we think of ourselves and others. Craig has the capacity to inspire without crippling, challenge without tearing down, and build up without criticizing. His team is the same! All the leaders encountered underneath Craig's leadership share the same qualities. and these qualities are a breeding ground for great success!
I will say it again. YOU WANT THIS BOOK!!!