Author: John Grunewald

July 2021 Update:

Where else? Recently when I was at the gym I saw an ad on ESPN about Where Else? Talking about where else – but in sports – could you see records broken and champions made. It was actually a good ad for them. It got me thinking about the Gospel and Building the Church on the earth and what happens to our investments in doing this. Where else can you give/invest and see people saved, healed, set free, and have their lives changed in so many good ways? There isn’t anywhere else that converts money into changed lives like building the church (People). Sometimes it is...

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The Value of Feedback: Part 3

Click here to read Part 2! Feedback > Leader to Team 1. Encouragement As leaders, we need to be encouraging our people. If we put them in a position to succeed, then let’s make sure to let them know that they are succeeding along the way. A simple “That was great!”, “Love the work you did”, “Good decision there”, can go a long way and is extremely necessary.  2. Teaching, Coaching, Mentoring Developing people is who we are as leaders. Jesus constantly was in the business of discipleship and developing those around him. Some of this can be done by giving the feedback...

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The Value of Feedback: Part 2

Read Part 1 here When it comes to building the church, it is important to have a culture of teamwork. If you’re the lonely leader at the top and all you’re doing is directing people to do things, that can only last so long. We’ve seen way too many people shoot way up and fall hard. What we want is consistent, continual growth from the time we start to the time we end.  One important aspect of how teams should function is what we call feedback. Why is feedback so important? Well, can a leader make consistently wise decisions for an organization without getting good consistent information?...

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The Value of Feedback: Part 1

How is an important thing when it comes to any part of the church. We can have all kinds of great sayings & inspirational quotes, but if we don’t learn how to do it, we suffer in the long run for it.  Matthew 16:1818 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. The rock that Jesus was talking about here, was the revelation that Jesus was the Messiah (the Christ), the One they’d been waiting for. And as soon as Jesus was revealed as the Christ, He declared what...

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Your Voice: How to extend your reach in 2021

Viktor Frankl was a prisoner of war during WW2. He said a lot of insightful things, and here is one:  “There were always choices to make. Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom; which determined whether or not you become the plaything to circumstance, renouncing freedom and dignity.” Frankl recognized the importance of our power to choose. More specifically, he understood how free we are to choose our own attitudes...

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Rebuilding Faith in the Nations of the Earth

This year reminds me of part of the life of Nehemiah. Everything was going along kind of smooth then God gives him an assignment. Exciting right? Yes and no… there is no God assignment that won’t require prayer, work, people issues or come without opposition. In fact most God assignments will have more opposition than compliments. Today as the Church on the earth, we certainly have an assignment from God. Did we think as we entered these last days we wouldn’t have opposition? 2020 could be called the Year of Opposition. I like to call it the Year of Opportunity.  Nehemiah...

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A Team Members Responsibility: Advancing the Vision

Excerpt from The 5 Responsibilities of a Team by John Grunewald Leaders share vision and others are responsible to run with it. This must be a team effort to be effective for wider influence. It isn’t just accountability to the leader or even to the other team members, but each team member is also accountable to God to accomplish His Vision, Mandates and Assignments in His timing. Wow, that seems like a lot doesn’t it? Maybe… but He doesn’t require we do it in our own strength either. What does it take to achieve a vision? Habakkuk 2:1-4 tells us. 1) I will stand my watchAnd...

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5 Responsibilities of a Leader

1. Where are we going? Leaders must provide Direction. This might mean God’s Vision, Mandates or Assignments he has for a Church, Ministry or a Team. It could even be a simple goal the leader has for the organization or team. Whatever we expect, we must direct. This could also be a certain culture we want to establish. Something as simple as being on time or how we talk to each other.The Leaders question to God is: “God, what do you want us to do? or Who do you want us to be?”The leader must be able to give God’s wisdom on what He wants. Then the leader must articulate to...

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1 Key to Help Any Organization Grow

There is never just one thing. But if there was one thing to work towards, it would be delegation. The business world knows this well. Walmart would be a mom-and-pop store if they didn’t train leaders and delegate. It’s a key to growth and replication. In Exodus 18 Moses’ father-in-law Jethro came to visit. After observing him work, Jethro told Moses that the way he was doing things was not good. Why? Moses was doing it alone without delegating to qualified individuals. There were 2 million-plus people and everyone with problems was only coming to Moses. How would you like...

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4 Things Every Leader Should Learn From Jethro

You might know the story of Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, coming to visit him in Exodus 18. If every visit we had with relatives paid off like this visit did, we would encourage more visits. Moses was leading the nation of Israel, 2 million plus people who had grown up in slavery. That’s not a job one volunteers for, it has to be a calling. Even when it is a calling that comes with certain gifts and talents, there is still so much more to learn, to lead well. After their greeting, dinner and a sleep, Moses goes back to work the next day. Jethro observes how Moses stands before the...

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