Leaders Who Push The Boundary Lines

I understand that boundaries can be used as a positive word to the God-set boundaries we see in scripture, marriage, morals, friendships, money, words we speak, etc. I’m using boundary in this teaching as a word that denotes a limitation, something that can be moved. Boundary leaders and churches are called and empowered to push the boundary lines, to excel, to go beyond. Fear of failure can be a distraction to stepping out or giving in to the continual pressures of staying within your lines, the status quo.

We all face what I am calling boundary lines and I’m simply saying, push the lines out. The boundary line can be real or imagined, but it’s a definite line that is limiting you from going over into a new place. Boundary lines can limit, and push us back instead of pushing us through. “Great leaders are pushing the boundary lines to move beyond what is normal or usual.”

Dreams always expand our understanding of reality by challenging our boundaries of real, of the possible. Are you a boundary pushing leader? If you don’t push the boundaries you will never know where they are! If you’re not having doubt, you’re not pushing the boundaries enough. Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers! Boundaries are borders, or limits, to push them would suggest effort to expand the space they contain.

“Joshua responded, “Since there are so many of you, and you find the hill country of Ephraim too confining, climb into the forest and clear ground there for yourselves in the land of the Perizzites and the Rephaim.”

But the people of Joseph said, “There’s not enough hill country for us; and the Canaanites who live down in the plain, both those in Beth Shan and its villages and in the Valley of Jezreel, have iron chariots.”

Joshua said to the family of Joseph (to Ephraim and Manasseh): “Yes, there are a lot of you, and you are very strong. One lot is not enough for you. You also get the hill country. It’s nothing but trees now, but you will clear the land and make it your own from one end to the other. The powerful Canaanites, even with their iron chariots, won’t stand a chance against you.” - Joshua 17:15-18 MSG

In this land dividing event, these two tribes have a complaint and presented Joshua with their reasoning. They felt they had been short-changed in the allotments and presented their situation as being “blessed by Jehovah” as a numerous people. Joseph’s response is, your borders are imaginary, you have restricted your own land, and it’s for you to push the boundary lines to extreme edges, by extension project your power through the mountains and into the plains. To push the border, boundary lines is to encounter the giants; your greatest future is in your greatest battles!

Here are 8 Tips to Helping You Push Boundary Lines In Your Life & Ministry:

1. Exercise Faith To See Barrenness Broken

Isaiah 54:1 “Sing O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.”

Barren woman is symbolic of barren churches that have no new conversion growth, spiritual children, no spiritual fruit, does not grow, no new leaders, no financial growth, faith is low, vision is small, evangelism not working.

2. Get Energized To Enlarge

Isaiah 54:2 “Enlarge the place of your tent… clear lots of ground for your tent.”

Leaders face their fears rather than side-stepping or delaying. Address your deepest worries and concerns directly, then gather yourself and move on.

3. Be Strategic In Stretching Out

“A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees further than others see and sees before others see.” -Leroy Elmes

4. Think BIG

I dare you to think bigger, to act bigger, and to be bigger. If you will, you have a greater life! It is difficult for people to think beyond the day to day stuff, small stuff causes people to struggle with thinking in an expensive manner. (Isaiah 54:2)

5. Don’t Hold Back

Don’t withhold your best - do whatever it takes. Do what is required to enlarge, to keep incredible drive, to not make excuses, to be willing to make mistakes, and to empower people around you. Team leaders and members do not do good work if they are depleted. We must challenge and care.

6. Add To What You Have

First look at where you are, what you do, and ask yourself the question: what can I add to my leadership so that I can add to others? As a leader you need to keep growing, lengthen your own cords, your own skills. Do you lead people, are you strategic, do you inspire commitment, do you have resourcefulness, are you a quick learner, do you do whatever it takes?

7. Drive Your Stakes Deep

If we lengthen our cords and not strengthen our stakes, we will be at risk. When the first big storm hits, we will have no tent. We must make our tent stakes strong, hammer them deeply into our ground presently & into the ground of our future.

8. Full Steam Ahead

When considering a great vision because we have a great commission, we should not settle for good if God has called us to great. Great leaders will always be breakout leaders who expand, see beyond, hear from God, and the move out to the water’s deep.

You are called to push the lines, make progress, accelerate growth, rise to a higher rank, forcing what has stopped you is now to be forced open.

If you are stuck, feeling doubtful or “safe.” Check out these resources to help you step out in faith.

Click here to download my latest free resource 8 Hindrances To Thinking Big or join me in August for my Taking Supernatural Atmosphere to the Next Level 2 Day Intensive in Portland OR.

7 Lessons Learned As A Vision Leader

We all can and should learn from other people’s lives and achievements as well as their mistakes and our own. Mistakes are gifts of opportunity. See them, learn from them, and move forward, learning from all people all the time. Never stop learning from every source you have available. I’ve heard that close to 50 percent of college graduates never read another book after leaving school. Don’t let that be said of you. Read, think, watch, learn and grow. I have learned from so many great leaders both in person - observing them and seizing every opportunity to ask questions - and by reading about them or reading their works about how they fulfill vision. The lessons I’ve learned over the years about improving my leadership style, disciplines and vision processes are numerous…

Here is a quick-glance at 7 lessons I’ve learned over the years. I hope that these lessons will help you accomplish what you envision and help you become a better vision leader.

1. Vision is a thing of your heart.

“Vision itself is a powerful force - a heart filled with a sense of excitement, possibility and energy. Vision in the heart of a leader refuses to join the status quo, creates a sense of urgency and inspires others to join in.”

2. Vision is shaped by a positive mindset.

“A great vision leader creates a vision, passionately articulates the vision and relentlessly drives it to completion. This doesn’t happen without a strong positive mindset that can filter all the challenges and setbacks.”

3. Vision is a multidimensional alignment.

“Bringing vision out of the secret place in your heart at the wrong time can destroy a vision. Impatience can cause irreparable problems with the vision.”

4. Vision requires course adjustments.

“You have to be willing to depart from the old ways of doing things, especially if those things are not essential to your core vision and principles. The thing that got you to the top 10 years ago might be what is holding you back now in a changed culture and a new audience.”

5. Vision is fueled more by discipline than creativity and charisma.

“The power of vision is not in your personality of in your phenomenal communication skills. Vision is fueled by others strengths and processes, and it is a discipline of continuity that makes great vision happen.”

6. Vision is a team thing, not a solo expedition.

“I have learned that the power of a team far exceeds anything one person could ever create.”

7. Vision necessitates accountability.

“Part of the reason everyone has to be accountable for his or her part in making the vision happen is because everyone’s role in the vision is important.”

This is taken from my book Strategic Vision. In the book I expand on these 7 lessons and much, much more!

Preaching Journey

Preaching! Is there something about this word that grabs you? Does it excite you? Bewilder you?

Preaching is something we preachers do at least once a week and as much as four to five times each week. So how did you feel about your preaching this week? Did you connect? Were you in the zone?

Preaching is one of those experiences that is very difficult to define or explain to someone. Just when you think you hit the mark and walk away saying, “Now that is how I should preach all the time,” someone will say something like, “Did you forget what your main point was? You seemed to be wandering around in the message.” Or “Did you get enough rest last night; you seemed tired today.” Or “I really liked the story but I didn’t get your point.” People will always say very different things after you preach so don’t exegete what they say.

Remember that preaching is an ever-learning journey. Always be learning and improving yet also be content knowing you will never preach good enough to satisfy your own standard of preaching. Seek to do your very best, never shirking on preparation and study. But also never forget that the preacher is simply an instrument God uses and the results are in His hands. Keep your focus on the Word of God, not on other people’s praise or criticism. Preaching begins in the Bible and ends in the Bible. Be a Bible-centered preacher and allow God to use your preaching for His glory.

If you’re looking for some resources on strengthening your preaching check out my Proven Laws for Powerful Preaching free download or register for my Damazio Mentoring Experience: Mentoring The Preacher Event.

5 Book Recommendations for Leaders

One of the most asked questions that I get is what books I would recommend someone to read, so here are 5 of my favorite recommendations for leaders. Start out your 2019 reading goals with some of these.

The Go Point by Michael Useem

Connecting Christ by Paul Louis Metzger

MOJO - How To Keep It by Marshall Goldsmith

Stuck by Terry B. Walling

Never Go Back by Dr. Henry Cloud

What are some of your favorite leadership book recommendations? Let me know in the comments!