Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Time's Running Out To Win A Copy of STRETCH

14 days ago I started asking people to twitter about STRETCH to win a free copy so here's my winners so far...


Winners email me your snail mail address at to claim your prize!

I'm still giving out a free book everyday until September 15th just for tweeting, remember the more you tweet and retweet others the more chances you have to win.

@jimwideman is giving away a copy of his latest book STRETCH #kidmin #leadership  #jimwideman

If you desire to see growth in your own personal spiritual life and the life of your ministry, then order a copy today. (This is lowest price you can find on both the Paperback and the Hardcover versions)

Need to buy in bulk for your team? Contact us at the email above!

Study Corporations
It doesn’t have to just be churches, you can learn from businesses too. Most business practices are from the book of Proverbs; it’s just that most people don’t know which chapter and verse they are from. Some of my favorite people are people who bring me policy-and-procedure books from corporations. I enjoy a good policies-and-procedures book. I like to hang out with HR people. In fact, my idea of a good time is somebody’s insurance policies.
Study every practical business book you can get your hands on. One of my favorite books is Sam Walton: Made in America. In that book, Sam gives away some of his success secrets. He says that one of the corporations he structured Wal-Marttm after was IBMtm because of how they pushed authority down and watched out for bureaucracy. If the largest retailer in America studied other businesses, we should too.

Study Structure in the Bible
When you become a student of structure, you’ll see the number twelve is associated with government, (e.g., the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles). That’s the reason I’ve tried not to have more than twelve direct reports at one time. Examine how Jesus leads and structures His team. Study the wisdom that fills the book of Proverbs.

Always Seek God
The last thing I’ll mention before we dive into the details of creating structure is the most important. If you do this alone, it doesn’t matter how great of a structure you create: it will be built on sand. Don’t ever forget that Psalm 127:1 tells us, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” We aren’t looking to build what we think is best. We want to follow God’s direction and vision for our ministries. We want Him to be the builder. Never forget we are just in sales. Our God is in management.

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