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Turning Weaknesses Into Strengths

I want to share some ways that I have turned my weaknesses into strengths.

1. I have been brutally honest with others about my weaknesses. There are people on our staff who know my strengths and weaknesses very well.

2. I have put people around me who are gifted in areas where I am not.

3. I have turned these gifted people loose and let them lead.

4. I submit to these gifted people. I always reserve the right to veto them, but I choose to submit to their wisdom and advice because they are more gifted and know more in certain areas than I do.

5. I’ve embraced the fact that I’m only really good at two or three things and I want to focus on doing those two or three things really well. My weaknesses are covered with other people who are on the team so my weaknesses are really strengths because other gifted people have those areas covered.

6. I spend time praying, fasting and yielding to the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. There are areas that I constantly have to allow the Holy Spirit to change so that I can be all that God wants me to be. Some of those areas are my attitude, perspective, bad habits or small thinking that hinder me from maximizing my potential.

7. There are certain weaknesses that the Holy Spirit has changed on the inside of me, and today they are strengths. I’m not talking about gifts. I’m talking about the Holy Spirit’s work on the inside of me. I can’t over state the importance of allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal your weaknesses and then allowing Him to change those internal weaknesses into strengths. God desires to change our attitude, perspective, habits and small thinking so that we can be all that HE has called us to be!


On Monday, I will talk about how to turn weaknesses into strengths! Sorry for the delay!

My Weaknesses

I have many of them but I will name some that immediately come to mind.

1. I’m not great with systems. I love to dream and cast vision but I’m weak with putting the systems in place to make the vision happen.

2. I’m an introvert that disguises it well with good people skills but I like to be alone and it can be a hindrance.

3. I see things as black and white and not in shades of gray so most things are either right or wrong.

4. I speak my mind with passion and you always know where you stand and it can come across as being abrasive.

5. I can be insensitive with people.

6. I’m impatient with people and want results now.

7. I have a hard time trusting people.

8. I naturally think worst case scenario when something is presented to me.

9. I can make something really small a really big deal.

10. I don’t like surprises or changes and I can get highly irritated when they happen.

Ok, that’s enough about my weaknesses, what about you? Stop thinking, wow, Herbert is jacked up and be brutally honest about your weaknesses and leadership flaws. Tomorrow, I want to share with you about how to turn weaknesses into strengths.

Turning Weaknesses Into Strength

A difficult thing for many leaders is to admit their weaknesses and then to turn their weakness into a strength. No matter how great of a leader you are, you have weaknesses and leadership flaws. All of us have weaknesses. Do you know your weak areas? Are you honest with yourself and others about areas where you are not gifted? Are you honest about your leadership flaws? Or do you put up a front and try make everybody around you think that you have it all together? Notice, I used the word front because many people recognize your weaknesses even if you are unwilling to admit them. They may never say anything to you but they see right through your front. I want to encourage you to be brutally honest about your leadership weaknesses. Take 15 minutes today to reflect on your weaknesses and the leadership flaws that could be holding you and your organization back from going to the next level. Tomorrow, I want to share some of my leadership weaknesses and then on Thursday I want to share how I try to turn those weaknesses into a strength so that my leadership flaws don’t hinder what God wants to do at People’s Church.

Spring Break With My Family

1. My family had a blast during spring break.

2. We went out of state and spent time swimming and had tons of fun together.

3. I love family trips because my kids make lasting memories that shape their life.

4. I was able to spend uninterrupted time with my family for several days in a row and I made huge investments into their love bank account.

5. One of the ways our family spells love is TIME! Quality and quantity time is always good for our family.

6. We ate bad food together! A lot of bad food! I gained weight and now I’m back on the grind of losing it! :)

7. I love enjoying life. God has blessed all of us with the gift of life and we have to enjoy the days God gives us.

8. One of the ways I enjoy life is by having the mindset that I work really hard, and then I get to play really hard. I enjoy both!

9. My family is my number one ministry behind my personal relationship with Christ and it’s always great to take a week and investment in them.

10. Today, I’m back to working hard and enjoying it! I have one life to live and I have to make it count for the glory of God!

Put The Church First, Not pt. 3

Here are some keys to managing home and church well and making sure you keep family as a top priority:

4. Work hard when you should be working hard: Some people say work is eating into their family time when the raw reality is when they should be working hard they are goofing off. There are people who waste hours during a work week on Facebook, personal emails, Twitter, texting and playing games on their phone and computer and then they complain that they have to take work home and don’t have time to spend with their family. You have to work hard when you should be working hard and if you will work hard when you should be working hard it will free you up to play hard when you should be playing hard.

5. Develop healthy communication with your boss: When you have good communication lines with your boss, it makes it easy for you to communicate when your workload may be too heavy or when you are struggling with how to better manage work and home life.

6. Discipline yourself to take one day off a week and replenish and connect with your family.

7. Take your vacation time every year and disconnect and have a blast with your family.

8. Take a social media break during some of your vacation.

Put The Church First, Not pt. 2

Here are some keys to managing home and church (work) well and making sure you keep family as a top priority:

1. Spend time getting your life organized around your priorities. You are deceiving yourself if you don’t have a plan in place to invest in your family and you think somehow you will accidentally fall into accomplishing what you say are your priorities. You have to plan and be purposeful about accomplishing your priorities.

2. If you’re not willing to say “no” most of the time, you will never accomplish your priorities. One of the hardest things for most people is saying no to all the good opportunities that come their way. Let’s practice saying no together. Can you all come over and eat dinner with us on Thursday? No, we already have plans. Can you go to the game with me tomorrow night? No, I already have plans. Will you go golfing with me tomorrow after work? No, I already have plans. I know that was hard for some of you, but you can do it! :)

3. You have to be wise with your free time. A lot of people complain that they don’t have enough family time and that work is eating up all of their time but in actuality they don’t manage their free time well. You can’t spend your free time watching 50 hours of TV a week, hanging out with friends every night of the week, golfing, shopping and the list goes on and on, and then say work is messing up your family time. If you don’t manage your free time well, work is probably not your problem. Your problem is you haven’t organized and planned your free time around what matters most, your family.

More Tomorrow

Put The Church First, Not!

My post yesterday explained that I don’t believe that a pastor should take care of the church and let God take care of their family. I don’t believe that thinking is biblical. Today, I want to share with you some practical thoughts on how to manage home and church well.

1. I had to understand that there are different seasons in ministry and to be realistic about the seasons. There are some seasons at church that demand more of my time. My wife and I had to learn to communicate and prepare for those seasons. When we approached super busy seasons with realistic expectations, it helped us navigate those seasons without being angry and resenting one another. Here are a few examples: 1. When we first started the church, it was a super crazy and a busy season that demanded an insane amount of our time and energy. 2. Whenever we have launched a capitol campaign to buy land and build buildings, it required more of my time and energy. 3. When we built our first building and I was driving the entire process, it took a ton of time and energy to get the job done. It’s important to communicate and have realistic expectations during busy work seasons.

2. Busy seasons can’t be the norm. You can’t live 365 days a year for 10 years in a busy season. That’s called having the wrong priorities. Some people turn a busy season into a lifestyle. You can’t work 60 to 100 hours a week consistently and adequately invest in your spouse and kids. If you are living in a busy season and you always use the excuse that you are in a busy season so you can’t invest in your family, you have the wrong priorities. If that’s you, would you be honest with yourself today and admit that you have a problem and that you need to address it today. Remember, you aren’t married to your job but you are married to your spouse and you only get one shot at raising your kids!

More Tomorrow

Leading Home Well

I’ve heard pastors say if you take care of the church God will take care of your home. I totally disagree with that statement. The church is not married to the pastor, the church is married to Jesus. I have a bride and it’s not People’s Church, it’s Tiffany Cooper. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 3:4-5 that if a pastor can’t manage their home well then they will have a tough time managing the house of God well. Our first priority is to lead well at home, and secondly to lead well at the church. This can be difficult for a pastor and sometimes we don’t know how to practically manage the home and the church well at the same time. In the next couple of days I want to talk to you about how to manage both well.

Church Offices Closed Today

The People’s Church offices at both campuses will be closed today for a day of training and equipping. Our entire staff is at Church On The Move in Tulsa, OK for their Seeds Conference learning, connecting and growing so that we can do what we do better and reach and disciple more people! Please pray that our team learns and grows a ton from this day of investment! The offices will be open Friday morning at 8AM!

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