Expanding Your Reading Appetite

April 6th, 2015

We have all heard the statement “A leader is a reader” but what do we do if we are not “a reader” and yet desire to be a leader? Many leaders have faced this dilemma and I’m suggesting today that the simple cure for this problem is to increase your appetite. Yes, appetite! There is no force in the universe as powerful as that of appetite. It manifests within minutes of birth and begins to control our lives from that point forward. These appetites can be both good or bad (for another day) but reading is an appetite that is no doubt necessary, beneficial, and amazing.

Get Started!- Having been on the receiving end of feeling bad many times in my life I can tell you firsthand that the only cure for a lost appetite is to exercise mind over body and start the eating process again. This means you cannot ask yourself if you “feel like” reading but simply must begin reading again in order to kickstart your reading appetite.

Value Yourself- many never move past entertainment as the primary motivation for reading. If this is the case, you will hardly ever choose the medium of reading over television, web surfing, or hanging out with friends. The primary motivation for reading must be to invest in yourself! If you value your call and contribution to the Kingdom of God then you need to equip yourself (beyond formal education) to meet the demands of your assignment.

Do Your Research- The greatest obstacle to reading inevitably becomes, “What do I read”? In a day where there are millions of books, how do you even begin finding the type of books that personally will add value to your leadership? Here is where I encourage you to do 2 practical things. Look for book recommendations from leaders you trust (like 10k!). Another great help is to download free samples of books that interest you and read the introduction or first chapter. By taking in this small portion of a book you can usually determine if the rest of the book holds enough interest to motivate you to the finish line. (If not, you will by default be increasing your exposure to different ideas, even if you don’t read the whole book…win-win!)

Variety is Good!- One of the greatest secrets I’ve discovered in reading is never limit yourself to one book at a time. You will find that when you have only one book to read the chances of you wanting that particular book every time you endeavor to read will be very low. With many different books on different subjects you both broaden your perspective and provide the outlet for any frame of mind.
Note: You don’t eat the same meal every time you are hungry. By putting different books in your library you are giving yourself “meal options” when it comes to reading.

This article was written by one of our founders, Joel Stockstill. Joel (aka. @hippofloat) has an intense passion to develop and motivate next generation leaders. Stay tuned for more articles by Joel. #10kleader

4 Reasons You Need to Write!

March 24th, 2015

Believe it or not, English (particularly writing) was my absolute worst subject. Being a first-born perfectionist I could never seem to get everything right! I incorrectly assumed, like many of you, that it “wasn’t my gift.” Over time, I began to see not only the usefulness of being able to write but the demand that’s placed on every leader to develop this important skill. It took a lot of time and some now-hilarious attempts but now I’m as comfortable (if not more) with writing as I am speaking. As a leader I want to challenge you to become someone who writes consistently. Whether it is preparing a presentation, a message, an employee handbook, or a sermon, the ability to write is something that must be in the toolbox of every 10kLeader.

Greater Impact- There is nothing more powerful than the written word! The format of choice for God’s most important message to mankind is found in writing. When someone reads something it enters the most powerful portal of human sense, the eyegate. Putting something down on paper (or digital format) will always increase the potency of your message.
Better Communication- Forcing yourself to write things out will not only help others grasp your message in a greater dimension but will doubly benefit you by forcing you to articulate yourself more clearly. Unnecessary words and fuzzy illustrations will be thrown to the wayside. Jesus never wasted any words and neither should you!
Farther Reach- You can only go so many places and speak to so many people. The possibilities of the written word are absolutely endless in this day and age. When something is written down it can be translated with the push of a button and sent to the far corners of the globe. It is time as the Body of Christ to begin thinking beyond our personal sphere of influence and “lift up our eyes to the harvest fields, for they are ripe even now for the harvest.”
Lasting Legacy- In order to leave a lasting legacy you need to commit your greatest messages to writing. You may be years away from ever publishing a book or pamphlet, but at some point you will need to write out the treasures of faith and wisdom you’ve gained through life’s hard-fought battles. Don’t wait till later to realize the need for writing. Learn to become an efficient written communicator today and expand your leadership influence for generations to come

This article was written by one of our founders, Joel Stockstill. Joel (aka. @hippofloat) has an intense passion to develop and motivate next generation leaders. Stay tuned for more articles by Joel. #10kleader

Year of Fresh Bread

March 4th, 2015

Pastor Joel Stockstill

Appeal for Iraqi Christians

August 21st, 2014

Below is a letter drawn up by a group of concerned leaders for the awful plight of our Iraqi brothers and sisters in Christ. Please read, sign, and pass on! Joel

Dear Fellow Christians:

After his crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus Christ tarried for forty days with his Apostles. At the end of this period he gave them these final instructions: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

The Apostles heeded his instructions and traveled throughout the world preaching the Gospel. The Apostles Thomas and Thaddeus traveled to modern-day Iraq and taught among the Aramaic speaking Assyrian people. These Assyrian Christians have remained faithful to Jesus Christ for almost 2,000 years. This ancient body of believers is being threatened along with other Middle Eastern Christians with annihilation.

Persecution has been an ever-present reality to Middle Eastern Christians. It is estimated that since 2003 half of the Iraqi Christian population has fled Iraq. The persecution of Iraqi Christians has continued. The so-called Islamic State has mandated that all Christians in their territory convert to Islam, pay protection money, or face death. The Islamic State is marking all Christian homes with an Arabic letter (ن) signifying their faith and marking them for death. “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians,” said Patriarch Louis Sako, Iraq’s senior Catholic clergyman.

The Christians of the United States of America have been blessed with safety and security, and can scarcely imagine what it means to be persecuted for the sake of Christ and His Gospel. We must not fail to teach our children about the reality of persecution in the world today.

We must not sit idly by as our fellow brothers and sisters are kidnapped, tortured, and killed for our shared faith. We must act and call upon our collective energy to influence those in with the ability to act and put an end to the destruction of Christianity in the Middle East.

We will not remain silent any longer. It is time that American Christians come together and use their collective weight to move U.S. policy towards the justifiable position of protecting religions minorities in the Middle East and around the world.

On behalf of those who are suffering now, we make this statement and affix our names upon it. We hope it ends the callous complacency that plagues American Christianity and brings about a conscious understanding that Christianity is endangered in the lands in which it was first preached. The loss of the Iraqi church will be a violent attack on the collective Christian psyche and must be averted with all speed.

In Christ,

(please pass on and have others read and sign)