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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How to Cast Your Cares

Have you ever had someone tell you, “don’t worry” or “just cast your cares on the Lord”?  It sounds so simple but how do you do that?  Do you just go to God and say, “I cast my care on you!” and automatically everything is great? In the world today we have many opportunities to worry and fret and have anxiety, so what are we to do? I love what God does in scripture.  He tells us not to do something and then tells us what to do. We see several places in scripture where we are told not to worry–it doesn’t just show up once. Take a look at Matthew 6:25-34, Philippians 4:6-8 and...

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The Power of Listening to a Good Story

There is a small yet plentiful mountain grocery store near where I live. Think “tiny, tiny, tiny Whole Foods”. As I entered on a recent evening there was a local mountain guy at the checkout counter telling a grand story. The checkout lady was smiling and listening and engaged. She is always like that, and that is one reason I like to shop there. As I shopped I could hear his story, and for the next seven to ten minutes the man was still talking as customers went through the checkout.  Finally he finishes his story and ends by saying, “Well, I just wanted to tell someone.” He was...

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I Can

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 “I don’t think I can do this”, “Maybe I’m just not cut out for this”, “How will I do this for another week?”… those were the thoughts running around in my mind, and the words I said to my dad as we sat in the tent our first night on Mt. Kilimanjaro. I had just killed about 50 ants that were crawling all over my legs under my pants, and now I was nauseous.  I had told myself before the trip event started that I wouldn’t let statements that started with “I can’t” come out of my mouth. I had been...

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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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Pray Your Promise

“I need Prayer…” How often has someone told us their story? Usually we attach a story to something we need or are going through or are about to go through… “our story”, “their story”, “my friend’s story”… and in these private, even urgent expressions of life there comes a promise from the listener. The Promise – “I will Pray for You“ We make that promise to pray. We all do it – some always do it and some are careful with this promise. Sadly, very few seem to take the promise with any relevance of...

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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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Carrying out His Will on the Earth

Obedience Creates an Atmosphere for Miracles. When you are obedient, life just runs smoother. As a parent, when your children are obedient, everything is easier for everyone!  When we obey God and do what He says, His plans and purposes come to pass in our lives and in the lives of the people we are to connect with and influence. As you obey God in His written word and in what He ministers to your heart, people will be saved, healed, delivered, and set free! In Acts 10:38 we see how Jesus’ constant obedience to God impacted how he ministered. “How God anointed Jesus...

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I’ve Finished Bible College… Now What?

Meet Greg.  Greg grew up in church, his family are charismatic Christians who love the Lord and love the Word. Greg gave his life to follow Christ when he was 14 and when he was 15 he had an encounter with God where he felt this overwhelming call to the mission field of Chile. He knew that moving overseas and teaching people about redemption through Christ was his purpose.  As soon as Greg finishes high school, he goes to Bible College. This was the best two years of his life – hundreds of people around him were there for the same purpose that he was; to learn the...

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