Enjoy Watching Others Do What You Do

You will not multiply what you cannot articulate in easy to understand progressive steps that others can replicate.

People will not be able to do what you do if you don’t show them how to do what you do.

Caveat: Now, if you want to keep what you do a secret, stored away high on a shelf so that only you can do it, then by all means, keep doing what you’re doing. But, if you hope to have others do what you do, then you need to find a way to articulate the steps you follow to do that thing you do, or no one will be able to do what you do.


For example: Over the years my sermon series writing became intuitive. Until one day my answer to “How do you write a sermon series?” was met with a vague “I don’t know, I just write them, I guess.”


Moment 3: Action Steps, but No Action


There are two kinds of resistance that keep people from actually taking action:  overt and covert.

Overt resistance to acting on a plan surface with “yes, but…” statements like:

“…it’s too risky”  “…it’s too hard”  “…it’s too time consuming”  “too complicated…too early…too late”

Covert resistance is typically more difficult to identify as resistance because it shows up as excessive agreement.  My friend and coach, Lynn Schoener says, “it is a slick way to slip under the radar-to appear on track when the train has not left the station.”  You can learn to recognize these statements:

“You’re right!”  “That makes sense!”  “That’s true…”  “I see how that could work…”  “I’ve not considered that idea…thank you!”

Lynn writes, “As pleasant as it is to rescue and receive praise, don’t be bamboozled by their appreciation.  Praising the quality of a good idea is not an agreement to act on that good idea.

Here is my big learning edge on this topic: (more…)

Moment 2: A Goal, but No Action Steps


How can we be helpful to others when they are clear on their goal, but not on the action steps they will need to achieve it?

When we are given cues like:

“I want X, but I don’t know where to begin…”

“This X goal feels big…”

“I get motivated about X when we talk, but I lose momentum on my own…”

…how do we recognize them as open doors for deeper, helpful conversation? (more…)

Moment 1: A Wish, but No Goal


One of the pregnant moments in our relationships are those moments when our friends wish for something different.  It can be more or less of something, a change in the way things are.  How will we show up for others in these moments?

Lynn Schoener, (see below) my friend and coach, shared the four most common moments in my last post.  Lynn identified the recognizable cues that can help us leverage these moments for the welfare of others.  When a person has a wish for something different, they cue you with statements that begin with:

“I want…”  “I wish…”  “I hope…”  “I think…”  “I imagine…”  “If only…” “It would be nice if…”

Huge kudos to Lynn Schoener for her wisdom on this.

She writes:

“Wishful thinking out loud can mean that the person has at least a glimmer of a preferred future.  Even outlandish ‘if only’s’-like wishing one would win the lottery-are powered by motivations that can be connected to reasonable, reachable goals.  What would winning the lottery mean for that person?  How would they spend the time and energy that would be released from work and financial worry?  After the extravagant gifting of self and/or others, then what?  There is a vision for a different life that may not fully depend on hitting the jackpot.”

Being present in these moments with our friends can help them unlock some nuggets of learning that can help them move toward something significant.  With our attentive posture, armed with some powerful questions, we might be able to help them to clarify the concrete change which underlies their wish.  Lynn continues:  (more…)

The 1° of Missional Leadership

If I asked you to identify the number one factor that influences the launching of a missional movement, which factor would you pick?

“At 211°….water is hot.  At 212°….it boils.  And with boiling water, comes steam.  And steam can power a locomotive.  And, it’s that ONE degree that makes all the difference.  This is the difference between good and great.”  -John Maxwell  “212° Leadership”

What’s the 1° in missional leadership?

Living a missional life!

Imagine how much more effective we could be at multiplying missionaries in our local contexts if we were truly living as missionaries?

I am convinced that the main reason we are hot and not boiling is because we aren’t truly living as missionaries.  We talk about it.  We cajole others to.  We preach about it.  We read books about it.  We even think about it.  But, we are not DOING it.

Jesus said that we would be “blessed in DOING.”  John 13:17

A friend the other day pointed out to me how often he hears the phrase “Let’s talk about that.”   He made the observation that that phrase is almost always used as a delay tactic.  And, when it’s used, it rarely leads to a conversation.  I think he’s on to something.

“Daddy, can I go to the midnight launch of The Hunger Games?”

“Let’s talk about that”


“Honey, we really need to figure out our taxes.”

“Let’s talk about that.”


When anybody tells me “let’s talk about that” is it really a delay tactic, hoping that I might forget about it eventually?  


Jesus said, “Come, follow me.”

“Let’s talk about that.”


It’s time for us to stop talking about it, and to DO something about it.  Thanks for the reminder, Eric!  

Now that you know these things, God will bless you in DOING them.  (John 13:17)


What is Jesus calling you to DO today?  Can you name IT with any specificity?


Basic Leadership Essential #10: The Art of Execution


Leadership rises and falls on execution.  Multiplying leaders rises and falls on execution.

Every 6 months our leadership team (mission support team) gathers together, takes our Vision Frame (see The Art of Vision Clarity), and discusses and decides what initiatives flow from the sides of our Vision Frame (Values, Strategy, Measures) that we will need to pursue in order to more effectively execute our mission in pursuit of our Vision Proper.  This is how we roll! (er, execute)  We believe that we have a much better chance of multiplying leaders when we execute.  For us it is important that every person in our ministry carries the vision.  We believe in the principle of everyday visionaries.  Vision is not just given to a select few.  The Art of Execution helps us see this principle become a reality. 

So, how do we execute?   We integrate our Vision Frame using five major areas.



These five areas cover every aspect of our ministry.  Without relentless integration, the vision is never executed.  Check out The Vision Room for great integration ideas.  

Here are the five major areas that help our team execute so that everyday visionaries can carry the vision to their world:

Developing Leadership

Recruit, train, and organize leaders based on vision.

If your desire is to help ordinary people become everyday visionaries, then you must give them skills and confidence that enable them to say, “I can help others do that.”


Intentional Communication

Reinforce vision with great design and clear language.

If your desire is to help ordinary people become everyday visionaries, then you must give them language and images that enable them to say, “I can say that.”


Duplicatable Process

Build systems that support and expand vision.

If your desire is to help ordinary people become everyday visionaries, then you must give them processes and support that enable them to say, “I can do that.”


Compelling Environments

Embed vision deeply in every environment.

If your desire is to help ordinary people to become everyday visionaries, then you must create spaces and places that enable them to say, “I can experience that.”


Conscious Culture

Reflect vision by using story, symbol, and scripture.

if your desire is to help ordinary people to become everyday visionaries, then you must help them discover stories and scripture that enable them to say, “I can share that.”


Which one of these five areas do you sense is an obvious place to start executing?




Other posts in this Series:

10 Basic Leadership Essential and Missional Leadership

The Art of Following

The Art of Obeying

The Art of Invitation

The Art of Imitation

The Art of Fractal

The Art of Replication

The Art of Release

The Art of Focused-Support

The Art of Vision Clarity

Basic Leadership Essential #9: The Art of Vision Clarity


You’ve heard it said, “Without vision the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18

It’s also true that , “Without vision the people cherish.”  –Will Mancini

They cherish all sorts of things.  They cherish their agendas, their hopes, their dreams, their comfort.

It takes leadership to move people beyond their self-focused identities.  

The Art of Vision Clarity gives the leader what he/she needs to guide people to a higher identity.  The true challenge of missional leadership is to help people begin to live out their identity in Christ, to respond to His calling and direction in their life, and to enjoy taking that journey with others.

I have found it extremely helpful in my leadership to be able to answer these five questions consistently and clearly using catalytic language that is unique to our local missional context.

What are we doing?

Every ministry is called by God to glorify God and make disciples.  Instead of just copying the church down the road, do the work of discerning and articulating what YOU are designed to DO that sets you apart from a thousand other churches.

Why are we doing it?

There are reasons we do things in our ministries the way we do.  Why not articulate those motives with clarity?  Settle on some compelling language that describes the unique motivations that set you apart from a thousand other churches.

How are we doing our mission at the broadest level?

Every ministry has a map, a list of expectations (articulated or not) that they want people to travel to get to grow.  Decide on the pathway you want people to travel and articulate it clearly.

When are we successful?

What is it that your ministry is reproducing?  What is your unique portrait of a disciple that you are designed to reproduce?  Define the win.  We are designed to do more than just increase attendance and budgets.  We are called to make disciples.  Describe the kind of disciple has God designed you to make.  Articulate the definitive characteristics that mark the life of someone who is growing in your fellowship. 

Where is God taking us?

Design the travel brochure of where God is taking your ministry, complete with a compelling portrait of the future and milestones that need to be reached to get there.  Paint the picture of where God is leading your ministry.  Give people the breathtaking view of the future.  Clearly state objectives that need to be accomplished over the next 12-36 months to get there.

100’s of churches are discovering the power of Vision Clarity.  I have been helped with the supportive friendship of a strategic outsider to help me develop the Art of Vision Clarity.  

If you and your people can’t answer these 5 question with absolute conviction let’s start a conversation.  

Call me (608) 332-0580 or email me at jeffm@auxano.com if you’d like to talk about the Art of Vision Clarity.  




Other posts in this Series:

10 Basic Leadership Essential and Missional Leadership

The Art of Following

The Art of Obeying

The Art of Invitation

The Art of Imitation

The Art of Fractal

The Art of Replication

The Art of Release

The Art of Focused-Support