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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Are Two Better Than One?

In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, it tells us that two are better than one.  For if one falls the other is there to help keep him up and a threefold cord is not easily broken. This is the picture of agreement.  We can help hold each other in faith.  This is powerful!  We see in Matthew 18:19 that when we agree about anything that we ask, we shall receive. Let’s make sure that we take advantage of this powerful tool of God’s word.  We can come together and agree.  Make sure you ask the right questions, so you are sure you’re both are in agreement, and then...

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Whose Kingdom are you Building?

Matthew 6:33“seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you”  “Okay Gabi, repeat after me: ‘My greatest desire is to do your will’” “My greatest desire is to do my will”.  This conversation would go on for half an hour sometimes, it just depended on how stubborn I was being at the time.  The first person speaking is my father (John Grunewald), and the second is myself. I had a track record of looking out for my own interests, and not being very willing to bend to others’ ideas. He would sit me down and...

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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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Lessons in Leading Teams & Difficult Personnel

A conversation between John Grunewald and Pastor JB Whitfield of Agape Faith Church in Clemmons, NC. Recently John Grunewald asked Pastor JB Whitfield some questions regarding hiring staff and some of the lessons he’s learned from this during his 35 years of ministerial experience. JB is a pastor to pastors, actively coaching and training leaders, and is senior pastor at Agape Faith Church in the USA. Q: Have you ever hired anyone (paid or volunteer) who didn’t work out?–      Did you feel bad?–      What did you do? These...

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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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