REFLECTIONS ON 2017

"Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experience and invest them in the future." - Jim Rohn

5 MEMORABLE PERSONAL MOMENTS

  1. Running the California International Marathon with Spencer in less than 5 hours.
  2. Having one of my pictures from @airjcollector on Instagram featured on @complex.
  3. Disciplining myself to take silence and solitude retreats in March and August.
  4. Completing a 40-day fast.
  5. Obtaining Air Jordan IV x Kaws collab.

5 MEMORABLE MARRIAGE MOMENTS

  1. Deciding to go on a spontaneous date at Staples Arena for Warriors/Clippers Game.
  2. Enjoying a Valentine's Day double date at Oracle Arena for Warriors/Kings (Included a shout out on the jumbotron and a post-game on-court experience!)
  3. Experiencing a staycation in SF with a date night on Alcatraz. 
  4. Riding horses on the beaches of Cabo.
  5. Going to my first college football game at my wife's old college - University of Texas at Austin. (Included a post-game on-field experience!)

5 MEMORABLE MINISTRY MOMENTS

  1. Last service at Lisser - 10 testimonies.
  2. Easter - B-Doe's Rap. 
  3. 4-Year Anniversary - Killian's testimony. The unveiling of eightX!
  4. Invite Sunday - Highest non-holiday attendance (190 adults/kids). Angela and Angelica's Salvations! The miracle of Sarai.
  5. Almost $30,000 raised through Be Generous!

5 MEMORABLE MANAGEMENT MOMENTS

  1. Having tough conversation with staff about boundaries and expectations. 
  2. Team-building at off-site at Jenness Park.
  3. Entrusting AJ with day-to-day management of staff.
  4. Celebrating year by eating at Espetus and watching Coco together.
  5. Blessing unpaid staff with generous Christmas bonus.

5 MISERABLE MISTAKES MADE

  1. Failing to plan something for my wife's 35th birthday.
  2. Taking meetings in the middle of my summer vacation.
  3. Neglecting to set monthly personal goals. 
  4. Quitting Bible reading plan mid-year.
  5. Buying Jordan's from a seller on Facebook without authenticating them first. (They were fakes!)

5 LEADERSHIP LESSONS LEARNED

  1. Relational expectations are just as important as job expectations.
  2. What is not a priority personally will very rarely be a priority organizationally
  3. Leadership in the church is more spiritual than it is tactical.
  4. Authenticity is a form of leadership "currency" that cannot be counterfeited. 
  5. The one-on-one, face-to-face conversation where you do more listening than you do talking is still one of the most effective ways to communicate to those that you lead that you care.