Establishing Better Priorities

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In this 6 minute session from Leadership Network's 2010 SAGE Conference, Gene Getz, best-selling author, pastor, and the man responsible for launching the Fellowship Bible Church movement in Dallas, TX, answers the questions, "What things have you done, that if given the chance, you would do differently?"

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role.

Read 1 Timothy 3:1–7. Pay close attention to verses 4 and 5. How are you doing at managing your family? Why do you think God makes this a prerequisite for those who lead the church?
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After all his ministry "success," it's sobering to hear Gene talk honestly about the negative impact his ministry had on his family. If you are just starting out, what practical things can you do—what habits can you establish right now—that will help keep your family a priority in your life?
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Gene told the story about apologizing to his son in Colorado years later for missing his football games. His son said, "You can't make up for what you didn't do. What I want is for you to be here now for me. Don't come up here because you feel guilty, but be here right now!"

Do you need to ask for your spouse's or your kid's forgiveness for not being there for them? How can you really be present for them right now?
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If you are the senior pastor or leader in your church, how can you help create a culture that encourages all those you lead in ministry to make family a priority?
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He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) ~1 Timothy 3:4–5 (NIV)

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