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At CultureBus we help leaders execute their goals and vision initiatives. The CultureBus Tools Podcast is a resource to help you increase your capacity to be more effective with others.

Our host, Chris Rivers, shares ideas you can implement, interviews with friends and colleagues and practical tools you can accomplish with your team. If you are looking for a place to help you implement practical ideas and be inspired towards action than subscribe, listen and share.


CultureBus Tools Podcast Chris Rivers

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At CultureBus we help leaders execute their goals and vision initiatives. The CultureBus Tools Podcast is a resource to help you increase your capacity to be more effective with others.

Our host, Chris Rivers, shares ideas you can implement, interviews with friends and colleagues and practical tools you can accomplish with your team. If you are looking for a place to help you implement practical ideas and be inspired towards action than subscribe, listen and share.


    14: Authentic Leadership with Nick Dotti

    14: Authentic Leadership with Nick Dotti

    In this episode, Chris Rivers speaks with Nick Dotti, Director of Deerfoot Lodge Blue Ridge, the challenges that are plaguing young men in our culture, the launch of a second Deerfoot Lodge Camp, and what authentic leadership is all about.

    - Deerfoot - https://deerfoot.org
    - The Story of Deerfoot - https://vimeo.com/152419236
    - Deerfoot's Mission - https://vimeo.com/114777605
    - What is Deerfoot - https://vimeo.com/355586744
    - Deerfoot Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/deerfootlodge
    - Blue Ridge launch - https://vimeo.com/348293640
    - Guyland Book - https://www.amazon.com/Guyland-Perilous-World-Where-Become/dp/0060831359
    - Book review of Guyland - https://www.mcgill.ca/msr/msr-volume-4/book-review-guyland-michael-kimmel

    Chief Nick Dotti - Camp Director of Deerfoot Lodge-Blue Ridge
    E-mail: chiefnick@deerfoot.org

    Access additional tools highlighted in every episode to create forward movement with your team. http://culturebustools.cc/the-culturebus-tools-podcast

    If you have any questions about the Podcast or want us to discuss a topic on a future episode, email us at hello@culturebus.cc

    One of my goals for 2020 is to help leaders build and launch their ideas so if you have something you've always wanted to do or make, but just haven't, I'd love to hear what you're struggling with and how I could help you launch your side project.

    To get started you can visit culturebustools.cc/sideproject.

    13: Establishing Clarity with Chad Merrell

    13: Establishing Clarity with Chad Merrell

    If I were to ask you what the primary role of a church leader might be, what would say?

    If I told you that it was to establish clarity of direction in the Big Foundational things that give the organization identity and a unique purpose, would you agree?

    If Churches would be led in a way that holds the standard, within the parameters of the Big Foundational Things… leaving room for nuance and personality and context in the things that are not non-negotiable… A culture would build that allows people to find their place within the mission of God. It breeds “SIMPLE”…it breeds clarity…it breeds involvement and engagement and leaves room for the varied grace of God’s people to be unleashed within the mission of the church.

    Sounds like a church on mission right, am I right?

    In this episode, I talk with Chad Merrell, the Lead Pastor at North Rock Hill Church. Two years ago. Chad moved his family to North Rock Hill in South Carolina to take on the role of the lead pastor and since then has been establishing clarity

    Chad shares with me a process he used to help his staff cultivate clarity and then collaboratively together, to implement a new language within their congregation that now drives all of their ministry decisions.

    Whether you are a church of 25 or 2500, I think this episode with challenge and encourage you and give you some practical steps to get started on the journey that Chad is two years in.

    We talk about why this process matters and in the show notes I share with you several resources we talk about, his team used, to implement these ideas.

    - There is a void of true strategic leadership in churches in general, especially in churches with under 1000 ave attendance… Great pastors, great heart, obedient, faithful to the word of God and the people of God, but not strategic and not always good at managing/leading organizationally. - One of the great “holes” in seminary education and conventional paths to Sr Leadership in the church is that there is much investment in Biblical education and Preaching skills and Theological training (rightly so)…but little to no equipping for the role of leader of teams, leader of the organization, etc.
    - Once a church grows over 100-125 people, there is a necessary shift that a leader has to make. To become a leader of leaders. And to do so, he has to be able to facilitate or lead the process of establishing clarity for others to lead within.
    - One of the greatest “misses” in the organization of the local church is a lack of clarity around what Chad calls the Big Foundational Rocks. Clarity often drifts or is lost when there is a change of leadership. Local churches are often led by personality, by an individual, sometimes even a strategy…but the kind of clarity Chad is referring to is rooted in the Culture of the organization, not the leader.
    Chad believes that the Leader’s primary role is to establish Clarity of direction in the Big Foundational things… the DNA type things…The things that give the organization identity and a unique purpose. So that, those who lead alongside, or lead others while under the leadership, have extreme clarity in the big things that have already been decided (or discovered), clarity in how they are to then make decisions, clarity in which direction their decisions should lead towards, and clarity of pace and process and scope of their leadership.
    - If the Big Rocks are set in as foundational…then the teams and leaders can have extreme ownership of the vision/mission/values…or self selects out.
    When it comes to the Big Foundational DNA type things like vision/mission/values there is no room for negotiation, they are set…Like Mickey’s Hand at Disneyworld. The measures, the standards, the goals, the values, the direction are all set. No one should be frustrated by being told “no

    12: Five Question Killers with Peter Hubbard

    12: Five Question Killers with Peter Hubbard

    Do you lead a small group at your church?

    Do you desire to become more relevant to your group members and make sure your group will be more likely to participate in group discussions?

    If those questions have ever crossed your mind then you will enjoy this episode of the CultureBus Tools Podcast.

    In this episode, Chris Rivers and Peter Hubbard talk about five-question killers every small group leader must manage if he or she wants to lead effectively. They talk about the importance of asking good questions, address why asking good questions increases our capacity to be effective, and examine how to be strategic in asking good questions.

    - We will have no Fruitfulness in our ministries if we aren’t gifted, skilled, and diligent at being good listeners.
    - 5 Question killers
    -- Finishing - failing to listen long enough for someone to speak
    -- “Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:13‬ ‭
    -- Firing - Multiplying questions to rapidly
    -- Fixing - Launching too quickly with responses
    -- Faking - listening without listening
    -- Funneling - channeling conversation back to you

    - Think about God
    -- He is a good listener as he hears many prayers!
    -- “The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:8‬ ‭
    -- God is a skilled question asker
    -- God knows all the answers, he doesn’t need to ask them, but what he’s doing is he’s giving the listener a chance to hear themselves speak.
    - Think about the gospel
    “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:3-4‬ ‭
    -- Count others as more significant as yourselves
    -- Truly try to understand people and by doing so you are faithful to the gospel.
    - Think about growth
    -- Good listeners are not born they are made

    - Slow down
    -- "...You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry." James 1:19
    -- Learn to pause
    -- After someone answers, count to 10 quietly in your mind before speaking.
    - Ask open-ended questions
    - Go for the heart
    -- “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭
    -- “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:9‬
    -- “For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:19
    -- X-Ray questions

    - Peter Hubbard northhillschurch.com
    - Question Killer Assessment (t.ly/nylXn)
    - Brian Regan Youtube clip, I Walked On The Moon (https://youtu.be/qBJ6yptGqm4)
    - X-Ray Questions (t.ly/OrGw8)

    If you have questions or ideas we should mention on the show email us at hello@culturebus.cc

    Learn more at http://culturebustools.cc

    11: Transitions with Mike Freace

    11: Transitions with Mike Freace

    How does one anticipate transitions in life and more importantly why are transitions so critical to one's development as a leader?

    In this episode, Chris Rivers chats with Mike Freace, the Executive Director of the Charlotte Eagles, an organization on a mission to glorify God and see lives transformed by sharing the message of Jesus through the global environment of soccer.

    How they go about doing this is through coaching, camps, soccer teams & tours.

    Chris first met Mike years ago while living in Augusta GA.

    Before leading the Eagles, Mike was the head Soccer Coach at Westminster Schools of Augusta. and under Mike’s leadership, their soccer team won 9 GISA state championship.

    This is an impressive accomplishment for anyone, but what is more impressive is Mike's attitude on life and how he approaches his role as a coach on and off the field.

    In this episode, Chris and Mike talk about their role as a function and not an identity. They talk about hearing God's voice, being in Community, and not allowing results to become more important than the process. As Chris and Mike talk about these ideas they find they are more willing to step into transitions with success!

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    For more information about CultureBus, head on over to www.culturebus.cc

    Charlotte Eagles (www.charlotteeagles.com)
    Westminster Schools of Augusta (wsa.net/Athletics)

    10: Building Relational Equity

    10: Building Relational Equity

    In this episode, Chris Rivers shares his journey with personality assessments and why building relational Equity matters. He also gives several lessons he’s learned building relational equity and presents three things that happen when you begin to master this skill.

    If you are looking for a tool to help you become more effective at building stronger relationships and simply give direction to others without losing momentum and credibility than be sure to listen in and work through the Relational Equity Tool.

    PLACE DISC Assessment Jay McSwain (www.placeministries.org)
    Insights Discovery (www.insights.com/us)
    NewSpring Church (newspring.cc)
    Rock RMS (www.rockrms.com/)
    Grace Church (https://gracechurchsc.org)
    5 week Relational Equity Process (culturebustools.cc/relational-equity-training-page)

    09: Killing Comfort with Andrew Sentell

    09: Killing Comfort with Andrew Sentell

    Do you quickly choose comfort when asked to do hard things or are you the kind of person who is a mover and shaker, no matter how hard things can get? Would others say you are a bystander or a participant?

    In this episode, Chris Rivers talks with Andrew Sentell about killing comfort and what it looks like to be the kind of person who moves towards activity versus being stuck in passivity.

    Killing Comfort Self Diagnostic https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hdJDoxL6jQE8hcyay8KUwBcx9PuJBUROzwA7Wefyqyo/edit
    50 things you could do to kill comfort in your life https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZfKXXagwYt6WMlMkxblt2qkRavpywtLhIntNJreELtM/edit

    You can learn more about Chris Rivers at CultureBus by visiting www.CultureBus.cc

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