Elevating Excellence: Secrets to Closing the Leadership Gap
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Elevating Excellence: Secrets to Closing the Leadership Gap

Curtis Wallace delivers tried and proven secrets to help you make your church, ministry, or organization more effective.
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What Will I Learn?
  • Assembling top-tier leadership teams who bring solutions instead of problems
  • Effectively motivating your staff by developing into a visionary leader
  • Building a strong, functional ministry organization that is setup for growth and success
  • Equip church and ministry leaders to take their vision to the next level by managing the everyday practicals of running a successful organization
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  • Even if you presently do not have your own ministry, Elevating Excellence will help you build your team, set up your organization, and get started.
  • If you already have a ministry, Elevating Excellence will help streamline it with practical tips on everything from dealing with problem employees to facing burnout to working with outside professionals.

Do you feel called to ministry?

Are you anointed to preach?

Have you received vision to impact your world for God's Kingdom?

Well, why isn't it happening yet? Thousands of leaders experience small measures of success without taking their ministries to the next level. They are called, anointed, and have vision. However, they face the "leadership gap," as their staffs, methods, and roles need to change so the organization can experience elevated success.

Curtis Wallace serves as COO for one of the most influential ministry leaders in the world--Bishop T.D. Jakes. In this curriculum, Wallace delivers tried and proven secrets showing you how to practically bride this gap and build a successful organization.

Who is the target audience?
  • Ministry leaders who wish to take their vision to the next level
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
Speaking to the Leader
4 Lectures 01:37:02

Session 1: Building Your Ministry Team

The whole function of the ministry team is to free the pastor.

The pastor has to transform himself from a doer to a leader who is visionary.

Every ministry needs to build two teams:

Ministry team

  • Pastor
  • Associate Pastors
  • Deacons

Business team

  • Goal is to support and undergird the ministry side.

Mistakes in assembling teams:

Mistake #1: The pastor tends to focus on building the ministry team first.

  • The result? Pastors end up hiring people that are just like them: creative, visionary, and those with a heart for interpersonal ministry.

Mistake #2: Moving available people over from the ministry to the business side.

  • The result? These people are usually untrained and unskilled in business matters.

Attributes of team members:

Attribute #1: Find people who are willing to tell truth to power.

  • In the employment situation, the pastor has dual roles.
  • The pastor is not only employer, but he or she is also your spiritual leader.
  • This typically produces a culture of employees who possess a tremendous drive to please the pastor or leader.
  • You have a unique perspective to offer the pastor or leader.
  • It is your job to tell your pastor the truth in an appropriate way and through an appropriate forum.

Attribute #2: Find people who are thinkers.

  • It does not free the pastor to be constantly bringing him problems rather than solutions.
  • Highlight the problem, but also come up with solutions.

Attribute #3: Find people who speak multiple languages.

  • These are the languages of church and non-church.
  • These are individuals who seamlessly transition from one circumstance to the next.
  • They understand who their unique audiences are.
  • The know how to adjust their language and presentation to different audience groups.

Attribute #4: Find people who are constant learners.

Attribute #5: Find people who are relationship builders.

  • Your team members are a reflection of you and your organization.
  • A few long-term, high-quality business relationships are more profitable than a series of constant new ones.

None of these attributes can be taught; people either have them or they don't!

Preview 24:25

Session 1: Building Your Ministry Team Quiz
10 questions

Session 2: How to Motivate and Inspire Your Team

Working in the ministry, your team tends to be pre-motivated.

Remember, ministry is a calling.

Keys to motivating and inspiring your team:

The pastor must understand the dual role that he or she plays.

  • The pastor is both pastor and employer.

The pastor must set the tone for how the staff interacts with each other.

  • It's up to the pastor to create an atmosphere of:
  1. Openness.
  2. Free dialogue among the staff.

Key: To create this atmosphere, the pastor must both ask for it and reward it.

  • The team will adjust themselves to the atmosphere the pastor is setting through his or her actions.

The pastor has to empower his staff; not micromanage it.

This involves the pastor transitioning from being a doer to a leader or visionary who empowers a team.

Team members should be fairly compensated.

Assembling your team:

Your core executive team consists of:

  • The senior pastor; the CEO.
  • Administrative pastor; who manages the day-to-day business side of the ministry; the COO.
  • Financial officer; the CFO.
  • Associate Minister; assisting the senior pastor with the ministry side of the church.

Tips for dealing with problem employees.

It should never be a surprise to an employee that he or she is being let go.

  • Employers must speak truth to their employees.
  • This can be done by conducting regular employee reviews, either annually, semi-annually, etc.

Be honest in your feedback about employee strengths and weaknesses.

The pastor should not have to fire any employee or deliver the bad news.

  • Bad news should always come from the top executive.
  • Senior executives should be a buffer for the pastor.
  • Problem employees infect the rest of the organization and hinder motivation.
Session 2: How to Motivate and Inspire Your Team

Session 2: How to Motivate and Inspire Your Team Quiz
10 questions

Session 3: What Nobody Tells You When You Enter The Ministry

There is competition.

The competition is with other churches, entertainment, and other activities that demand attention.

Your church is providing people with a unique experience.

  • The experience begins in the parking lot.

It is important to see the church experience through the eyes of visitors.

The experience includes web presence.

  • The website must feature key information, such as directions, service times, appropriate dress, etc.

Create an experience that makes church relevant.

  • What makes your church different and what makes the experience distinctive?

For churches to grow, the pastor has to change.

Ask Yourself: Do I want the ministry to grow and change, or do I want things to stay like they have been?

  • The pastor will have to pull back from certain responsibilities.
  • The church will stall when the pastor reaches his personal capacity.

You need to have balance in your life!

You will experience burnout when your whole life becomes wrapped up in the church.

Pastors and ministry staff should:

  • Develop interests outside of the church.
  • Develop relationships outside of the church.
  • Take regular vacations with their families.

Church leadership cannot say yes to every great idea that comes along.

To be truly effective, we must develop filters to evaluate ideas.

  • Will the great idea receive great execution, or will it be tossed off to the side?

Just because it's a great idea that someone should do, does not mean it is a great idea that you should do.

  • It is important to focus on what your church or ministry does exceptionally well.
Session 3: What Nobody Tells You When You Enter the Ministry

Session 3: What Nobody Tells You When You Enter The Ministry
10 questions

Session 4: Effectively Hiring and Managing Outside Professionals

Keys to working with outside professionals

Find the right people and develop long-term relationship.

  • Changes can be expensive.

This is not an area to cut financial corners.

  • Secure the best professional for your unique situation or need.

Basic categories of outside professionals:

  • General practice.
  • Specialist.

Structural organizations for outside professionals:

National/international firms.

  • Positive: Features a large body of specialists.
  • Negative: Most expensive and exclusive.

Boutique firms.

  • These are composed of specialists who typically leave larger, megafirms.

General practice firms.

  • These are groups of general practice lawyers practicing together.

Solo practitioners.

Keys to hiring outside professionals to meet your needs.

Interview the professional you are looking to work with.

  • People tend to place too much trust in professionals early on. Don't be intimidated to ask them questions and evaluate their competency to assist your organization.
  • Referrals are the best way to start the process.

Figure out how accessible the professional is.

Will the actual professional be doing business, or will it be delegated to an associate?

  • It's essential to know who you are actually working with.

Make sure you know how the billing is going to work.

  • Secure with a written contract the specifics of how you will be billed.
  • Your most common billing options are hourly, flat-rate, or percentage rates.

Accountant specifics.

The lifeblood of your ministry is its tax-exempt status.

  • This must be protected above everything!

You need to work with a professional who specializes in non-profit work.

  • Ensure the accountant has other non-profit, tax-exempt clients.

The accountant does the following for your organization:

  • They will ensure compliance of day-to-day transactions.
  • They will provide your organization with audits.

It is important that an audit be done once a year, or even once every two years.

  • Audit Benefit #1: Uncovers financial weakness to maintain compliance.
  • Audit Benefit #2: Informs the outside world of your organization's financial integrity.
  • Note about audits: Over time, the accountant's bill for conducting audits should go down. The first audit is usually the most expensive, and if you continue to follow their advice, subsequent audits should become less expensive.

Public relations specifics.

There must be effective interaction with the press.

  • Public relations is important for churches and ministries.
  • Public relations is unpaid media.
  • Public relations professionals serve multiple roles.
  1. Adviser.
  2. Teacher.

Ignoring a problem is making a decision to do nothing, and the problem rarely resolves itself.

Session 4: Effectively Hiring and Managing Outside Professionals

Session 4: Effectively Hiring and Managing Outside Professionals Quiz
10 questions
Speaking to the Staff
3 Lectures 56:06

Session 5: Managing Up

Managing up comes down to building trust.

Keys to managing up:

Key 1: Build trust.

Remind yourself that you are here to do a job and do it with excellence.

  • Being on a ministry staff does not mean you are now getting paid to go to church every day.

Do what you say you are going to do.

  • The key is execution.

Do not overpromise.

  • Overpromising makes it difficult for you to develop lateral relationship with your peers.
  • Overpromising positions you to do irreparable damage to your working relationship with your supervisor.
  • When you promise a result, people are going to expect that result from you.

Be a constant learner.

Make sure that you stretch yourself.

  • Find people and develop relationships that consistently stretch and grow you as a person.

Key 2: Learn your boss.

Key 3: Manage expectations.

Key 4: Be a problem solver.

Being a problem solver adds value to your boss and supervisor.

Session 5: Managing Up

Session 5: Managing Up Quiz
5 questions

Session 6: What a Leader Really Needs From His Staff: Freedom

Keys to creating a culture of freedom for the leader.

The leader has to want that freedom

  • Freedom must be pursued intentionally and on purpose.

The leader has to assemble and empower the team.

The leader has to choose to be free and assume a visionary role.

Why is freedom so important?

Without freedom you cannot be the visionary for the organization.

  • We remove all obstacles so the leader can focus on the most important problems.

Without freedom a leader is unable to invest time in themselves.

  • There are too many great ministry leaders burning themselves out because they are not making a personal investments.
Session 6: What a Leader Really Needs From His Staff: Freedom

Session 6: What a Leader Really Needs From His Staff: Freedom Quiz
5 questions

Session 7: Keys to Building a Solid Foundation

Think big no matter what your size is.

Key #1: Set up a non-profit corporation.

Your corporation protects you from legal liability.

Your corporation enables you to enjoy the benefits of being a non-profit organization.

Key #2: Determine the organizational structure.

Structure #1: Board-run organizations.

  • No one owns a non-profit organizations; a non-profit is set up for the public good.

Structure #2: Member-run organizations.

Structure #3: The hybrid model.

Key #3: Maintain your tax-exempt status.

Maintain separateness.

  • The non-profit is separate and distinct from you.

Host an annual board meeting.

  • Host at least one board meeting per year.

Keep current on filing the appropriate corporate documents.

  • Different states have unique requirements that demand your compliance.

Key #4: Assemble your board of directors

Boards of Directors in churches and ministries tend to be very under-utilized.

Boards of Directors should be strategically and intentionally selected over time.

Boards of Directors should possess the following qualities:

  • BOD Quality #1: They must be fully invested in the vision of your ministry or church.
  • BOD Quality #2: They must be experienced and serve as a resource.
  • BOD Quality #3: They should be fundraising resources.

Keep your bylaws current and compliant with present practices of your non-profit organization.

Session 7: Keys to Building a Solid Foundation

Session 7: Keys to Building a Solid Foundation Quiz
10 questions
Speaking to Everyone!
3 Lectures 53:59

Session 8: The Benefits of Community Involvement

Benefits of community involvement:

  • Benefit #1: Helps your organization better position itself in the community.
  • Benefit #2: Exposes you to new and resourceful spheres of influence.
  • Benefit #3: Learn new methods of fundraising from other organizations.
  • Benefit #4: Picking up different strategies and ideas.
  • Benefit #5: A personal outlet outside of the church.

Requirements to engaging community involvement:

  • Engaging community involvement requires intentional leadership.
  • Engaging community involvement requires a corporate willingness to serve.
  • Engaging community involvement requires an individual commitment to excellence.

You are a walking, talking billboard for your organization; represent it well by committing to excellence in serving your community.

Session 8: The Benefits of Community Involvement

Session 8: The Benefits of Community Involvement Quiz
9 questions

Session 9: Doing Business

Pastors, by nature, are creative individuals.

Keys to doing personal business:

Set up a separate for-profit legal entity.

  • Purpose #1: Bypasses ministry filing requirements with the IRS.
  • Purpose #2: Good stewardship of your intellectual property.
    • You do not want your intellectual property locked up in a non-profit, since no one technically owns a non-profit organization.

Practical ideas for doing business.

Idea #1: Learn to become selective with opportunities.

  • Learn to say no!

Idea #2: Consider the source of the opportunity.

Idea #3: Evaluate the potential for long-term partnership.

Idea #4: Give it the simple napkin test.

  • How complex is the opportunity? If it's too complex, there's most likely a problem with the opportunity.

Idea #5: Watch out for overly spiritual language.

  • Serious business people get down to business.

Keys to evaluating an idea:

  • Ask: Does this fit within my mission?
  • Ask: Is this a business opportunity where I can add value?
  • Ask: Can I afford to lose?
Session 9: Doing Business

Session 9: Doing Business Quiz
10 questions

Session 10: The Power of Partnership

Benefit #1: Your organization can reduce overhead.

Benefit #2: You are better able to leverage your own results.

  • Focus on your strengths and what you do well.

Benefit #3: Increase your credibility.

Keys to building a partner relationship:

  • Key #1: Compare it to building any other type of relationship in your life.
  • Key #2: A business partnership requires time and effort.
  • Key #3: There must be a continuous flow of information and transparency.
  • Key #4: Start out "dating" and take small steps.
  • Key #5: Plan ahead for the end of the partnership.
  • Key #6: Make sure that you have a champion in the company that you are partnering with.
  • Key #7: Remember that you can't do everything; this is why partnership are valuable!
Session 10: The Power of Partnership

Session 10: The Power of Partnership Quiz
10 questions
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6 Lectures 02:04:56
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