Choose Daily to Influence Others

2013 RightNow Conference

There is this perception that because church leadership teams share and believe a common set of spiritual rules, they don’t need to worry about distrust and disunity. In this 24-minute session from the 2013 RightNow Conference, Todd Wagner, Senior Pastor of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas, encourages pastors and church leaders to teach and model how their teams can intentionally reflect the glory of Jesus in their sphere of influence daily so that the focus stays solely on the work Christ has given them to do. 

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role. 

Todd's keys to leading and influencing people:
  1. Help others become everything they dream of being as long as their dreams are consistent with that which will ultimately bless them.
  2. Don’t tell them the way, but show them how to follow the Way, the Truth, the Life.
  3. Do things that meet the needs of people.
  4. See every problem as an opportunity to drive people to something greater than themselves. 
  5. Be convinced at where the source of real help is for yourself and others. 
  6. Be stewards of the mystery of God and servants of Christ. 
  7. Seek Christ to satisfy all our needs. 
  8. Do not work for the things that will perish.
  9. Love others the way Christ did. 

Look through Todd's keys to leading and influencing people above. Is the way you approach leadership characterized by these points? How do you model your need for Christ to those you lead? How can you communicate the importance of staying focused on Christ as opposed to self-gain?
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Todd said, that as a church leader, many will look to you to give them what they want as opposed to what they need. How do you remind those on your team of their need for Christ?
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Read John 6:1–15. Todd mentioned that by questioning Philip, Jesus was truly asking him the following questions: As a leader, do you know your responsibility? Do you know the source of your resource for what God is calling you to do? Take the time to answer these questions for yourself.
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Todd said, "You cannot be a blessing to others unless you’re blessed yourself. The reason you are blessed yourself is to be a blessing to others." Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? How are you a blessing to those you lead?
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Todd reminded us that, "we are not people that are to figure out the key to motivate and manipulate others. We are servants of Christ and we are stewards of the mystery of God. And so when people want to know real truth, real quick, will they come to you for great management insight? Or have you learned to follow the King who loves them and gave them His life and they see that love in you?" 

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