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Let me stop preaching you here and share with you the outline, the excerpt video in English, and also the full video for those who understand both Amharic & English.
Below is the outline of the teaching:
- Demystifying the six misunderstanding about greatness
Myth 1: Greatness is associated with outward appearances
Myth 2: Greatness is absolute
Myth 3: God prefers to hang out with the little ones
Myth 4: Everybody cannot be great
Myth 5: Greatness and service are mutually exclusive
Myth 6: It is too early/too late for me to claim my greatness
- God’s desire is to make each and every one of us great
- Stories of those who were transformed from being underdogs to greatness
- Things that can sabotage our greatness
- The lessons we learn from those who lived a great life
- Conclusion (things we should do to claim, pursue, and fulfill our greatness)
Here is the excerpt video in English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjH9YchPtDA
Note: Those of you who understand Amharic, you may watch a two-part video from AHM YouTube Channel:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3IBOkoBzyU and
The scene was gorgeous as we drove through I- 95 Saturday early morning on May 11, 2013. We were four and from Silver Spring so the change of scene and the hope to spend the weekend in this historic city kept our spirit up. We safely reached Philly around 10 AM.
My first task was to train the leadership of an Ethiopian church in Philly. The topics were:
1. The Power of Values: The art of leading values-centered team
2. Communicate Effectively to Transcend Communication Barriers
3. Mastering Teamwork: Unleash the Untapped Potential of Your Team
4. Character: The cornerstone of your leadership
I have met some church leaders who are skeptic about opening their leadership to such leadership development programs listed above. I completely understand their concerns and they may be legitimate. However, they should know that the leadership development programs I personally design for church leadership are carefully chosen and well designed. They are very relevant. Let me just give you some tips to show you the relevance of, for instance, The Power of Values topic.
It has been learned that some churches don’t have core values on their website at all. Many of those who have, copied and pasted their values from somewhere or adopted them without passing through the proper process of discovering and forming core values. Very few churches do have shared values
Remember, Jesus had values that were so powerful that they have been influencing billions for more than 2000 years. He adopted values such as love, compassion, forgiveness, service, and so on. He chose them very carefully, and some of them were counter-cultural. Not only that, He imparted His values to His disciples, showed unwavering commitment, and continually aligned His disciples along these shared values. I don’t have space to discuss details about how Jesus was a values-based leader. I am working on a book, and you will get details when the book is published within a couple of months. Stay tuned!
Coming back to churches and values, it is important to know that, whether they are recognized or not, there are values that are leading your church behind the scene. Look at those very successful churches, and you will learn that they have great shared values owned and respected by key players. Likewise, look at churches with troubles, and you will quickly learn that the troubles are, in most cases, the direct result of values-conflict among key stakeholders.
Therefore, the training on values aimed at showing the leadership of New Life Church the power of values, the importance of identifying values that define their church, transforming these values into shared values, how to communicate the shared values & impart key players, align all stakeholders along the shared values, and how to assess and monitor the effectiveness of these values, and more.
Here is an excerpt video in English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkACii2yqlY
Note: Those of you who understand Amharic, you may watch just one of the training topics- The Power of Values from AHM YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AS-YaeAds6Q