Dr. Herbert Reynolds Davis Christian Leadership Podcast






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If you find yourself constantly jumping from urgent situation to urgent situation, you'll never give appropriate focus to what is truly important.  "Important" sounds like a lower priority when compared to "urgent," but it isn't.  Developing a correct perspective of those two words can take your ministry from "stagnant" to building and maintaining momentum.  In this episode, we discuss the differences between "urgent matters" and "important matters," as well as how to handle them both.

Having a consistent presence in ministry is simply not enough!  Faithfulness isn't limited to attendance, it's about how you've handled what you've been given.  Once you're present, you need to offer your gifts and talents to your organization in a way that truly benefits the Kingdom.  We don't only want you to be faithful, we want you to be "good" as well.  In this episode, we discuss the delicate balance of blending "faithfulness" with "ability."

Direct download: Episode_48__The_Issue_Of_Faithfulness_In_Ministry.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT

There are two things that you can do for your leader that will increase your value instantly!  In this episode we discuss the types of support that you can provide for your leader, as well as how to "blaze new trails" for your organization.

Just because you're not the Senior Pastor doesn't mean that you can't add massive value to the organization.  No matter what level of leadership capacity that you currently serve in, you can begin increasing your value right now!  In this episode, we discuss the two things that you can do to immediately increase your value to your leader!

Direct download: Episode_46__Improving_Your_Worth_As_A_Secondary_Or_Third_Level_Leader.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:06pm EDT

As a leader, you will at some point have to fire or "remove" someone in leadership.  A good question to ask is "Were they the problem, or was it me?"  In this episode we discuss performance issues, hiring skills, severance packages, and whether or not YOU are the best option for occupying the dual role as Lead Pastor & CEO!

Direct download: Episode_45__The_Difficulty_Of_Removing_Leaders.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

Tension is not always a bad thing.  Although it may appear to be negative it can actually produce very positive outcomes.  People don't usually like tension and typically try to do everything possible to avoid or eliminate it.  In this episode, we discuss the positive changes that accompany tension when it is skillfully engaged.

Direct download: Episode_44_-_The_Positive_Aspects_of_Tension.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

Let's be honest...we all want more out of life!  What do you do when it seems that you're not getting it?  How do you handle it when you're placed in situations that cause discontent?  It's difficult to be content with undesirable circumstances.  How do you attain contentment while still contending for more?  In this episode, we discuss what contentment is, as well as how to find a balance between being okay with what you have and where you are, while striving to achieve more.

Direct download: Episode_43_-_Content_While_Still_Contending.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

Owning and Admitting your mistake is just the first part of the process of fully recovering from them.  The real work continues in the adjustments that you make, as well as the application of them.  In this episode we reveal how to successfully navigate the most integral part of your recovery process!

Direct download: Episode_42_-_Recovering_From_Mistakes_Part_2__Adjust_It__Apply_It.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:06pm EDT

Ok, so you've made mistakes!  You're not perfect!  We all mess up.  Let's work on facing it so that we can grow through it and move forward.  You don't have to allow shame and guilt to keep you from being effective in your Kingdom service.  In this episode we discuss two, of the four, steps in recovering from your mistakes!

Direct download: Episode_41_-_Recovering_From_Mistakes_Part_1__Own_It__Admit_It.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:25pm EDT

Your personality should never be a substitute for skill!  You've dialogued and gathered information, affirmed your staff, added value to them, and assessed certain areas for improvement.  Don't destroy it all with poor application!  In this episode, we discuss how to use the first 4 keys to develop the 5th key of application that will move your organization forward.

Direct download: Episode_40_-_5_Keys_To_Improving_As_A_Leader_Part_5__Application.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

"Remove the plank from your own eye before trying to remove the speck of sawdust from mine!!!"  You can't properly measure what you don't correctly and honestly assess!  In this episode, we discuss the importance of assessment as a key to improve as a leader.  We'll talk about the hidden challenges of assessment, as well as when and how it should be used.

Direct download: Episode_39_-_5_Keys_To_Improving_As_A_Leader_Part_4__Assessment.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27am EDT

Are you just "taking" from your followers, or are you "adding" to them?  True leadership is reflected by discipleship.  Growth and advancement occurs when you deposit more than you withdraw.  Don't "use" your followers!  In this episode, we discuss how "adding" to the lives of others empower them to make contributions that benefit you in the process.

Direct download: Episode_38_-_5_Keys_To_Improving_As_A_Leader_Part_3__Addition.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am EDT

"If you want affirmation as a leader, you must first provide affirmation to your followers."  Affirmation boosts morale and improves performance of both leader and follower.  Christian leaders must keep the language of affirmation at the forefront of their conversations.  In this episode we discuss the role and impact that affirmation plays in leadership improvement.

Direct download: Episode_37_-_5_Keys_To_Improving_As_A_Leader_Part_2__Affirmation.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12am EDT

Shut up and let me talk!...I have something valuable to say also!  One of the biggest challenges as a leader is learning how to develop meaningful dialogue with others.  We often make the mistake of "talking At" people, instead of "talking with" them.  Your followers have something valuable to contribute, so let them speak! Meaningful dialogue will position you to find solutions to problems that you would not normally be able to solve on your own.  In this episode, we discuss how to engage, listen, and gather information from others in a way that benefits both parties.

Direct download: Episode_36_-_5_Keys_To_Improving_As_A_Leader_Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

If you're slated to be the successor, there are many things that you should consider before taking over an organization.  There are battles to be won and lost!  God may have chosen you, but the people may reject you!  How do you lead an organization through the "wilderness" as you strive to enter the promised land?  In this episode, we will give you insight on what to look for as a successor.

Direct download: Episode_35_-_Succession_From_the_Successors_Perspective.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42am EDT

Succession sounds easy...until you have to do it!  There are so many things that can hinder a smooth succession transition.  In this episode, we discuss the hidden obstacles and challenges that threaten to destroy your organization during, or after, your transition.

Direct download: Episode_34_-_The_Hidden_Obstacles_of_Succession.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11am EDT

It's time to start thinking about what will happen to your ministry after you're gone.  It's equally important to position yourself to transition out of your current position.  Without a clear plan for succession, you run the risk of becoming a prisoner within your own organization.  In this episode, Dr. Davis explains why it is important to develop a system of succession instead of just choosing a successor.

Direct download: Episode_33_-__There_can_be_no_success_without_succession_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT

If you are not getting the results that you desire in your ministry, your church's culture may be the culprit!  Your church's culture impacts how your members view, feel about, and describe your ministry.  A corrupt, limited, or toxic culture can not only stagnate your ministry from the inside, but also repel new visitors.  In this episode, Dr. Davis discusses the very difficult topic of leading the charge in changing the culture of your church.

Direct download: Episode_32_-_2015_Leading_For_Change_Conference__Session_1_-_Culture.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

What are your priorities in ministry?  Are you neglecting your family while doing ministry?  Is your ministry suffering in your attempt to please your family?  Are you having difficulty balancing the demands of your day-job while pastoring your congregation?  These are all valid questions that must be asked and answered if you desire to be effective as a Christian Leader!  This episode will provide practical answers to help you balance ministry and life!

Direct download: Episode_31_-_Balancing_Ministry_and_Life.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

The evil and persecution that Christians face today is a very real threat.  The church can no longer focus on the programs and functions that occur within the four walls of the church each week.  We must increase our involvement in the fight for the safety, protection, equality, and justice for all people!

Direct download: Episode_30_-_The_Charleston_Murders__Social_Justice_In_Todays_Church.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:42am EDT

It's not enough to hold your followers, team, or staff to specific ethical and moral standards in ministry, you must be willing to adhere to those same standards!  In this episode, we discuss key factors in identifying and correcting the type of morals, ethics, and integrity, that can make or break your leadership effectiveness.

Direct download: Episode_29_-_Janky_Raggedy__No_Integrity_Having__Leadership_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

The greatest leaders are the ones who are continuously learning!  The people that we are leading today are more educated than they've ever been.  Many of them are theologically trained and require leaders that are as, or even more, educated than they are.  They need a leader that can positively influence their lives through their teaching, as well as their lifestyle.  Leadership training, development, and continuing education is a must if you want to remain relevant in ministry!

Direct download: Episode_28_-__Moving_On__In_Leadership.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36am EDT

Your leadership effectiveness greatly depends on your exposure to mission work.  You may actually be stifling yourself, your members, or your organization as a whole, by not participating in mission work.  Leader, the "missions-mindset" starts with you!  If you lead, your people will follow!  In this episode, Dr. Davis discusses the impact of exposure on leadership.

Direct download: Episode_27_-_Exposure_And_How_It_Affects_Your_Leadership.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24am EDT

Conflict competency sounds great in theory!  But how do you actually learn to incorporate the physical activities to develop it?  This episode is dedicated to teaching you how to observe the skills of others, gain feedback, ask the right questions, empathize with others, develop ideas, and how to seek the correct information.

Since conflict in ministry is unavoidable, you must manage it correctly.  In this episode, Dr. Davis reveals how the mismanagement of conflict can lead to poor decision making, lost opportunities, and diminished quality of relationships.

Direct download: Episode_25_-_Conflict_Competency_Part_2__Mismanaged_Conflict.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

There is one thing that will consistently show up in your organization...CONFLICT!  How you handle it will determine your spiritual growth as a leader, as well as the spiritual growth of your members.  In this episode, Dr. Davis reveals the how to "competently" handle conflict, and the perils associated with failing at it.

Direct download: Episode_24_-_Conflict_Competency_Part_1__Respond_At_Your_Own_Risk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:01am EDT

In this episode, Dr. Davis discusses how proper communication can make or break your organization, how to identify problems in your organizational culture, how to ensure your organization continues to operate without you, and what you should consider in regard to the future of your organization.

In this episode, Dr. Davis gives important insight in how to handle the "mavericks" on your team, the dangers in becoming the dictator of decisions, and the damage that "dirty delegation" can do to your ministry and reputation.

There are many mistakes that can and will be made as a Christian Leader.  An important part of not repeating those same mistakes is to learn from the mistakes and experiences of leaders that have made those mistakes.  In this episode Dr. Davis shares three common leadership mistakes that affects attitude, delegation, and team morale.

If you desire to build a "Dream Team" that is successful, you will have to persuade your team members to adopt a mindset that prioritizes unified accomplishment and success over individual achievement.  In this episode, Dr. Davis discusses key elements in successfully developing this high "We" to "I" ratio.

"The strength of the team is each individual member.  The strength of each member is the team."  In this episode, Dr. Davis breaks down this quote by explaining how important each member is to the team, as well as how important the team is to each member.

As Christian Leaders, it is imperative that we handle God's scriptures properly when preaching and teaching His Holy Scriptures.  In this episode, Dr. Davis shares how to preach responsibly and remain relevant, while staying true to the text.

When it comes to vision fulfillment, you need to assemble a "dream team" that can deliver results!  How do you identify potential  team members that possess the characteristics and skills necessary to help manifest your vision?  In this episode, Dr. Davis reveals what you should be looking for as a leader, as well as what you should possess as a team member attempting to join a "dream team."

If you desire to fulfill the vision that God has given you, teamwork is required!  You'll need to recruit personnel that share your values, possess the appropriate skills, have a hunger for success, consistently takes initiative, and works toward vision fulfillment without being told to do so!  In this episode, Dr. Davis shares his thoughts on how to build your own dream team!

Direct download: Episode_16_-_Keys_To_Building_Your_Dream_Team.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am EDT

What should you do to lead effectively and persuade your followers to take ownership of the vision?  You, as well as your leaders, need to understand the difference between leadership and administration.  In episode 15, you will learn how the two are different, yet dependent upon one another to fulfill your vision.

You can't fulfill your vision alone!  You will need supportive followers that will take ownership of the vision and push you toward greatness.  In this episode, Dr. Davis teaches strategic leadership, creating "buy-in" from your followers, employee promotions, and succession strategy!  You don't want to miss this episode!

Direct download: Episode14_-_Christian_Leadership_Principle_1___We_before_Me_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

God has given you a voice, a story, and a mission.  It is time for you to be heard and share your ideas, experiences, and information beyond the four walls of your church.  In this episode, Dr. Davis explains why you should distribute your information to the world, and the different options that are available to you.

In this episode, Dr. Davis continues to explain why an organization should change, and how to avoid common mistakes while leading your followers toward purpose and vision fulfillment.  Avoid these things and watch your vision manifest!

Direct download: Episode_12_-_Organizational_Change_Part_2__7_Common_Mistakes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am EDT

In this episode, Dr. Davis discusses why an organization should change, and how to avoid common mistakes while leading your followers toward purpose and vision fulfillment.

Direct download: Episode_11_-_Organizational_Change_Part_1__7_Common_Mistakes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20am EDT

In this episode, Dr. Davis teaches the difference between preaching and the work of ministry.  He shares his personal experiences with preaching engagements and provides valuable insight about charging and accepting honorariums and payments.

Direct download: Episode_10_-_Ministry_Work_Preaching_Opportunities__Honorariums.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:52pm EDT

There are two simple things that may be hindering your ability to influence your followers to fulfill your vision.  It's not always something we are conscious about, but could be the sole reasons that your leadership and influence among your followers is diminishing.  In this espisode, Dr. Davis reveals what those two things are!!

How prepared are you to lead the opposite gender in ministry?  Effective leadership begins with personal development and obtaining the knowledge and skills to relate to, understand, and communicate with opposite genders to cast and fulfill vision.

How well do you lead others?  Can you effectively assess vision communication and/or progress?  You cannot fulfill a vision that you cannot assess!  This episode will discuss the various levels of leadership and its impact on vision fulfillment.

Personal Development...Will you challenge yourself to increase your knowledge and improve your skills to further advance the ministry vision and mission?  In this episode, Dr. Davis discusses personal development from multiple leadership perspectives.

Do you have a passion for ministry?  In this episode, Dr. Davis discusses how passion impacts ministry, leadership, and your ability to push through difficult times.

Direct download: Episode_5_-_Passion_For_Ministry...You_Either_Have_It...Or_You_Dont.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:55pm EDT

Discovering your purpose can be a very frustrating thing!  You know that God has created you for a reason, but what is it?  Episode #4 reveals the how to discover your purpose and begin the journey of fulfilling God's plan for your life.

Direct download: Episode_4_-_Purpose__What_In_The_World_Are_You_Here_For_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

When it comes to being a leader in ministry, you can't do it alone!  In episode #3, Dr. Davis shares wisdom about ministry pitfalls, creating and selecting a good support system, protecting yourself as a leader, and the difference between mentors and spiritual fathers.

Direct download: Episode_3_-_Ministry_Support__You_Cant_Do_It_Alone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm EDT

How do you develop your identity as a Pastor, preacher, or ministry leader?  In this episode, we discuss "The Call," "Inward & Outward Recognition," and your "Spiritual Gifts."

Direct download: Episode_2_-_Ministry_Challenges__Part_1_-_Identity.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31am EDT

Welcome to the very first episode of the Dr. Herbert Reynolds Davis Leadership Podcast!  In this episode, we discuss the "nuts & bolts" of Christian Leadership.  We discuss its importance and revelance in ministry today.  We also reveal what type of training and development is available to new, or experienced, ministers that will help them to improve their ministry skills.  We are extremely excited, yet humbled, to share more than 25 years of Dr. Davis' ministry experiences with you.

Direct download: Episode_1_-_Introduction_To_HRD_Christian_Leadership_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06am EDT