Perry Noble Leadership Podcast
Perry Noble Leadership Podcast
Perry Noble
Perry Noble will be the first to say that there’s no secret formula for being a successful leader, but there is a PERFECT example - Jesus Christ. This podcast is for those who are ready to be challenged in their faith and stretched as leaders and for those willing to do whatever it takes to be more like Jesus.
People Struggling With Mental Illness Shouldn’t Be In Church Leadership
Episode Summary I have battled with some form of mental illness for as long as I can remember, anxiety, depression, etc. I have good seasons and bad seasons - at times feel like I’ve escaped it, and at others I feel like David in the Psalms asking God, “Why have you forsaken me?” This is why I became really angry a few weeks ago when I saw a prominent pastor say that it is “reckless and unbiblical” for a pastor to be in ministry who has mental illness or who has serious doubts about their faith.”What was reckless and unbiblical was his statement and attitude. As a pastor who has battled with this I want you to know that:You are NOT unqualified.This guys statements shames people (something Jesus never did). If you are CALLED - then Jesus knew everything about you before He called you! 5 Steps To Take if you are wrestling with anxiety or depressionWhat To Do (Message From Holly Brown) Get Professional HelpMarinate in WorshipFind One FriendFight BackUnderstand You Are NOT Alone Episode Resources Episode Quotes All Content is © 2005 - 2021 All Rights Reserved
Oct 22, 2019
Ideas Are Crap - It’s Execution That Matters
Episode Summary In Bible - it wasn’t IDEAS that changed things—it was the execution of those ideas. Noah had more than a vision. David wasn’t the first person who thought about fighting Goliath!Nehemiah wasn’t the first person who thought, “the wall should be built”Reasons We Don’t Execute FearOther PeopleWhat Idea Do You Need To Execute? What is the one thing you know you need to do—but you’ve been afraid to bring it up? When are you going to bring it up?You can do exactly what God has called you to do. Episode Resources Episode Quotes All Content is © 2005 - 2021 All Rights Reserved
Sep 24, 2019
Five Leadership Traps That Are Easy To Fall Into
Episode Summary My first speeding ticket was on Marchbanks Road in Anderson, SC. The funny thing: when I began telling people about it, everyone told me the exact spot where I was pulled over! It was a speed trap! We all know about speed traps when we're driving but did you know, there are leadership traps as well? Leadership traps will literally tear down what has taken time to build throughout years of leadership. Trap One: Personal Insecurities When we allow personal insecurities to dominate our mindset they will always manifest themselves in our ability to lead. Self awareness is one of the greatest things a leader can have. The sooner a leader recognized his/her own personal insecurities, the sooner they can begin to work through them. For example, when I first began my leadership journey my personal insecurities came out in two major ways... 1. Sarcasm The best way for me to deal with something was to make a joke about it. Sarcasm will work short term, but long term it will cause people to lose respect for you as a leader. 2. Passive Aggressive Behavior I learned the hard way that guilt drives people but people do not want to be driven, they want to be led. As a leader, I cannot allow my personal insecurities to drive me down a path where I do what is easy rather than doing what is right. Trap Two: Mistakes Making mistakes doesn’t mean you are a bad leader. It means you are trying to be a leader. If a leader isn’t making mistakes, more than likely, they are not taking enough risks. One of the biggest barriers that holds leaders back is an unwillingness to execute. I’ve told people for years: ideas are crap, execution matters. When we execute, there are unforeseen circumstances and situations that develop, which does not dismiss the need for leadership; it actually requires it. The only time mistakes are bad is when we continue to make the same one over and over again. At that point it isn’t a leadership issue, it’s a competency issue. It’s sorta like the great theologian Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the damn mouth!” Trap Three: The False “Care Assumption” Everyone on a team should add value. The more a person cares, the more value they will add. I’ve started two churches and a business. At times, I’ve been extremely bothered because no one seemed to care like I did. Don't get me wrong, I have a great team. They all love their jobs, but no one will ever love it as much as me. You can hire talent; you can’t hire heart. Trap Four: They Can Read My Mind Even the people who work closest with you cannot anticipate what you want. I’ve discovered the clearer I am about expectations, the more I set the team up for success. I used to get so angry as a leader when I walked into a room and things were not what I had expected. One day I was venting and a friend told me, “Hey P, if you had just told us what you wanted we would have made it happen, but we can’t read your mind.” This is when I came up with the phrase, “We cannot hold people accountable for unspoken and unrealistic expectations.” Trap Five: Don’t Get To Close To The People You Lead If I engage people’s minds I can impact the way they think—but if I can engage their hearts I can impact the way they feel. And impacting their hearts does not come about through barking order. have heard this a lot and there are really smart people on both sides of the debate. I personally know how hard it is to be close to people and things go completely wrong. However, I still say its ok to be close with the people you lead. Why? Because I think Jesus was the greatest leader who has ever lived on the planet and He had a group of leaders He was super close to. Take your team to lunch, ask questions, show genuine interest. …
Sep 10, 2019
Three Ways To Handle Hate On Social Media
Episode Summary "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me..." Yeah, right. Hate on social media is real and it is becoming an epidemic that not only effects people emotionally, but also physically and mentally. So let's talk about it: let's dive into How to Handle Hate on Social Media. Social media is an incredible tool/resource when it comes to communication, branding and keeping up with friends and family members all over the world. However, it’s also become a source of frustration, anxiety and even depression for so many people; especially those with a leadership position. There are not many areas where I would consider myself an expert; however, in the area of dealing with "haters" I feel like I’ve earned a doctorate degree. How to Handle Internet Hate Empathy I’ve had the “privilege” to meet a few “internet trolls” in my lifetime and after doing so, I really did feel sorry for them. You could tell they were miserable and not the person they projected themselves to be on the internet. The first step to handling online hate is to understand that the person writing these nasty comments to you is broken and in need of the Divine compassion Jesus equips you with, daily. Energy People either add energy to your life or take energy from it. No exceptions. When people are a negative source of energy, I simply block them, courtesy of Bob Goff's permission. Comments and feedback should be used for information, not motivation because, if we live by the comments, we will die by them as well. Engage Only engage if there is something that is a flat out lie and engage the comment, not the person. Recently, someone online wrote that I did not complete treatment in 2016. I’ve been called all sorts of things but that was an instance where I had to say something because it was untrue. It was something I busted my ass to do and I was freaking proud of the fact I had done the hard work. After I directly addressed the comment, they actually took the comment down. Episode Resources Episode Quotes All Content is © 2005 - 2021 All Rights Reserved
Aug 27, 2019
Fire & Rain (Four Questions That Will Help You Prepare Better Messages)
Episode Summary A few years ago on a trip to Israel, while standing on Mt. Carmel, an incredible insight hit me.Mt. Carmel is where one of the most well known miracles in the Bible took place (fire from heaven); however, while the miracle was incredible--it wasn't what was essential to the survival of the people. Question: If there had been a drought for 3 years--what is the LAST thing you would want to fall from the sky? FIRE! Which is why, after the fire fell, the story doesn't end......but rather continues with Elijah praying for rain--and continually sending his servant to the top of the mountain to see if the rain was coming (which, after the 7th trip, the servant reported seeing a cloud.) He prayed once for fire--but had to pray seven times as hard for rain. One of the temptations for a communicator is to "bring the fire" on people (because it's easy!) However, most of the people in our churches today are dehydrated spiritually - and 'bringing the fire" will not draw them in, but drive them away. What they really need is rain; however, in order for that to happen we, as leaders, must be willing to put in the work to make that happen. With this in mind - here are four questions I work through when I am putting together a message. 1 - Have I Prioritized Making An Appointment With Myself? 2 - What Is The Major Takeaway I Want For The Listener? Option A Takeaway: My pastor is really godly and intelligent. Option B Takeaway: I can do that! 3 - Am I Willing To Get Input? 4 - Am I Doing All I Can To Be As Fresh As Possible On Sunday? Check out the podcast for more specifics on these questions - and let us know if there is anything at all we can do for you or your church. Episode Resources Episode Quotes All Content is © 2005 - 2021 All Rights Reserved
Aug 13, 2019
Three Things Leaders Can Do To Help Their Church Grow
Episode Summary In last podcast we went over three reasons churches do not grow - today we are going to dive into three things we can do in order to do our part. (Side note - I don’t believe “it’s just God!” If that were the case then every church in the world would be growing!) YES - it is God—but it’s also some other key factors. #1 – Prayer Prayer doesn’t change God – it changes us! I am 100% sure as a leader you have prayed for your church to grow; however, when it really begins to catch fire is when we lead the people we lead to pray for this as well... ...because as they pray God will change their hearts and will allow us to be on the same page. #2 – Plan A lack of planning is often the result of... The inability to decide between what is good and what is best.Confusion as to how to plan for the future. Here are five questions your leadership team can discuss that will help you effectively plan for the fall. #1 – What does our local public school calendar look like? What does this have to do with church? EVERYTHING! So goes the school schedule, so go the attendance patterns. The best weekend to launch a vision based series that will fire up the core is whenever the students go back to school. In January people "get back in church" for their New Years resolution, the fall they do it again during this time frame. So - what will your church do to reengage them? (This year Second Chance Church, the church I pastor, is doing an "I Love My Church" Series that will begin with everyone who attends getting a free T-shirt...more about how it goes later on!) #2 – What will you do to keep them engaged? Often times as a leader--when people came back to church I thought they would stay; however, I quickly learned that after they return for a few weeks--they are highly likely to begin drifting away again if we do not put in the effort to keep them engaged. Often times the fall is an awesome time to do a "felt needs" series, like one on relationships, or even a, "You Asked For It" series where you focus on the questions people really do what to know. #3 – What’s your plan for developing leaders? If your church is going to reach more people - then you are going to need more leaders. Leaders, after they are identified, must be developed--that being the case, what's your plan for doing so? In my opinion, there is not a one size fits all plan; however, one of the most careless ways to approach leadership development is to simply say, "let them develop themselves." (I took this approach for far too long.) You can read through a book together, watch leadership video curriculum, or even attend a conference or do an offsite together. But--whatever you do--do something, because as the capacity of the leaders around you grows--so will their ability to handle responsibility. #4 – What are you doing for your Christmas offering this year? If you don't take a Christmas offering--you can skip this question, no big deal. However, if you do take a Christmas offering, right now is the time you need to begin to prepare for it. I know it seems to be a long way away...but, it's not - and if you begin to plan now and then assign certain people to execute the plan along the way - the possibility of a significant increase in giving become a reality. #5 – What is the next big step of faith The Lord wants you to take? We can’t take steps towards it if we do not identify it. Is it to launch a building campaign, start another service or campus, hire additional staff...this list could go on. However, determining the next step is essential to getting the staff, volunteers and attenders fired up about the same thing. #3 – Perspire If you want to see your church grow – it’s going …
Jul 28, 2019
Three Reasons Churches Struggle With Growth
Episode Summary As church leaders--we have to STOP feeling guilty about wanting our church (or ministry) to grow. When more people show up to an athletic event--it's because the team is winning. When a concert is sold out--its because the artist is good. When a restaurant has a long wait list, it's because the food is amazing! However, for some reason - it seems when lots of people begin to attend a church, that church is either compromising (aka "not preaching the Gospel) - or it's a "feel good church" (I guess churches are supposed to make people feel bad!) The biggest resistance we receive to church growth is not from atheists or anti-Christian establishments--but rather from the people within the actual church. Why? Three Reasons... #1 - Comfort When people fall in love with the way things are--the church is dangerously close to becoming a dinosaur. "I want to go to a church where everybody knows everybody," is a popular saying among the church crowd; however, it's not about everybody knowing everybody--but rather everybody knowing Jesus. (And - if we took the "everybody knows everybody" approach to life - we would never go to the store, attend sporting events or even go to a restaurant!) I understand people loving a system and routine - and if new people show up parking spaces could be lost and, gulp, someone may actually sit in someone else's spot. However, the call of Jesus for His followers was "take up your cross and follow me," not, "take up your mattress!" #2 - Fear In the majority of churches in the US everyone looks the same (and...acts the same, votes the same, etc.) This being the case - a huge "what if" lurks in the minds if someone who looks or acts different walks through the doors; after all, if "they" come to our church, then what will others think about us? This is a thought pattern completely motivated by fear - and - as followers of Jesus our motivation is to be faith, not fear. If Jesus would have taken the approach that He was only going to welcome and embrace people who were just like Him--then none of us would have made the cut. If Jesus welcomed people who were nothing like Him...the His church must do the same as well. #3 - A Lack of Vision One of the greatest mistakes I made as a leader early on in ministry is I told people WHAT we wanted to do (grow/reach people) - but I did a horrible job of explaining why! What engages the mind--but "why" engages the heart, and that is what really moves people. "The Great Commission" is a passage at the end of the Gospel of Matthew that all of us are familiar with; however, years ago I discovered there is actually a "Great Commission" passage at the end of each Gospel (sorta seems like God is trying to get a point across!) Matthew 28:18-20 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mark 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Luke 24:45-48 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. John 20:21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Acts 1:8 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Jude…
Jul 14, 2019
How To Get Past Criticism
Episode Summary The most common place where unhealthy thoughts develop in our minds as leaders is where we allow what others (who do not know us) to define us. Jesus dealt with this… …He had quite a ministry going on, was seeing some incredible success, would think everyone would be on board with the whole, “salvation of the world” thing! But things get weird (even for Jesus). Matthew 13:53-54 53 When Jesus had finished telling these stories and illustrations, he left that part of the country. 54 He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?” At first glance in this story things seem to be going well for Jesus (and we’ve all had those seasons where things seemed to be going well. But then... Matthew 13:55-58 55 Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph,Simon, and Judas. 56 All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?” 57 And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” 58 And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief. As I was reading this recently I had a “what the heck” moment? Here’s the challenging thing about what they said - there WAS some truth to it… Carpenters son - true Knew Mary - true Knew brothers - true Knew sisters - true However, because they “knew the truth” about Him, they were “deeply offended” and refused to believe in Him. Some people will not be able to handle who you are becoming—and the only way they can rise up is by tearing you down. Jesus paused, addressed the situation - and then moved on…and, in chapter 14 He performs two of His most famous miracles (the feeding of the 5,000 and Him walking on water.) However, if He had allowed the scoffing to suffocate His vision - these miracles may have never happened. AND—as leaders, if we pay too much time (or any time at all) paying attention to the wrong voices, I believe we can miss out on the amazing things the Lord has in store for us. So how do we deal with scoffing? S = Stop Listening To The Wrong Voices Opinions should be weighed, not counted - everyone has a voice, but not an equal one. And, no matter what you do - there will always be someone there to point out they believe you did wrong, for example... Matthew 11:18-19 (NLT) 18 For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.” Each one (Jesus and John the Baptist) had a different approach - and still each of them were criticized (by people who are nameless; after all, no one has ever built a monument for a critic!) There will always be people who do not like you - and until you become secure with that you will miss out on all God has for you. And - if a leader listens to wrong voices, you will teach those you lead to do the same. When social media first became “a thing” I would read a negative comment, get obsessed with it…and then proceed to walk down the hall and show it to the people I served with, thus causing them to become angry and distracted. If we want to lead people to a healthy place - then we ourselves need to get to a healthy place as well. C = Concentrate On Your Calling Just because people do not believe in you does not mean God has changed His mind about you! One of the reasons Peter was able to accomplish so much is, despite the numerous times he failed, he kn…
Jul 1, 2019
Three Lessons I Learned In My Season of Silence
Episode Summary Join me for the return of the Perry Noble Leadership Podcast as I unpack five principles I have been learning (or relearning) as well as three lessons I feel I’ve been taught in my season of silence. Episode Resources Principle #1 - God often reveals WHAT He wants us to do before He reveals WHEN He wants to do it, HOW He wants is done or even WHO will do it with us. Question: What is it that God is putting in your heart to do? Principle #2 - When you don’t know what “it” (that thing God put in your heart to do) looks like - just take the practical next step. (Me filing paperwork for church to get started) Because…the separation is in the preparation. Principle #3 - If we are not willing to take risks—our leadership will hit a lid (and so will the people and organizations we are leading.) Side-note: At this portion in the podcast I talked about opportunities—and that when an opportunity is placed in front of us we need to ask, “Is this opportunity a door or a distraction." Principle #4 - If it’s God’s Will - It’s God’s Bill! (What the King wants—the King pays for!) Principle #5 - Staff members (and volunteers) want to be led—not driven! Out of all of this there are three lessons I am learning... #1 - Be Thankful For What You Have Right Now If we are not thankful with what we have now - why in the world would God trust is with what is next? As we express thankfulness in front of our staff and volunteers—it helps to establish a culture of gratitude. #2 - Don't Be Afraid To Start Small Moses did not think he had the capacity or ability to lead - so God asked him a simple question in Exodus 4:2, “what do you have in your hand?” In other words—Moses’ leadership began with something small. One of the greatest miracles in the Bible (feeding of the 5,000) started with five loaves and two fish! Often times—small steps of faith lead to incredible results! #3 - The Pain People Are In Is Far Greater Than We Could Ever Imagine The church must create environments where people are not punished for being vulnerable. The only way healing can take place is for the pain to be confessed - and only when people feel safe will they admit their pain. Discussion Questions For You & Your Team #1 - Out of the five principles—which one stood out to you the most, and why? #2 - What are the things right now that you are thankful for when it comes to your church/department? #3 - What are the 2-3 biggest opportunities in front of your church right now—and are those actually doors—or distractions? Episode Quotes All Content is © 2005 - 2021 All Rights Reserved
Jun 16, 2019
Priorities: Knowing How, When, and What to Prioritize
Episode Summary In this week's episode of the Perry Noble Leadership Podcast, Perry and Logan describe how to prioritize the everyday tasks. Prioritizing tasks, prioritizing people, prioritizing leadership, you name it, Pastor Perry has a few tips and tricks for how to manage it all. Episode Resources Episode Quotes All Content is © 2005 - 2021 All Rights Reserved
Feb 11, 2019
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