Today’s episode is a unique conversation. Not with a worship leader…but a senior pastor, Dr. Charles Stone.
But Charles isn’t your typical senior pastor. He has an engineering degree from Georgia Tech, a Masters of Divinity from
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminaro, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He’s also completing another masters degree in neuroleadership.
Charles is the author of Brain Savvy Leaders: The Science of Significant Ministry. So I wanted to have Charles on the podcast because I think it’s not only important for us as local church worship leaders to grow asartists and songwriters and musicians…but to become better leaders.
And I don’t believe it’s a healthy diet for worship leaders to only be influenced artists, songwriters, and musicians. We need to grasp the perspective our lead pastors have and Charles and I dive into this topic a bit.
Charles has some fascinating insights into how the brain works and how knowing that will help us lead people better – both our teams and congregations.
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In this Episode You’ll Hear More About:
- Charles’s journey from Marine Biology to Pastoral ministry.
- The importance of being a lifelong learner.
- Charles journey of raising a daughter with a brain tumor.
- Why knowing how your brain works will make you a better leader in the local church.
- 5 Leadership competencies we learn from the brain (GRAPES):
- Golden rule your team
- Reduce ambiguity
- Allow freedom
- Promote personal value status
- Encourage community relatedness
- Smile a lot
- Why emotional health is important for leaders.
- The significance of mirror neurons to leadership.
- Insights into personal productivity (OAR)
- Optimization (mental load and brain space)
- Attention (focus and inhibiting distractions)
- Reflection (mindful awareness)
- Why exercise is the most important activity to keep your brain healthy.
- Why sleep is important to the health of our brain.
- Brain insights that help us connect with our congregations as worship leaders.
- The power of music
Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
- Show Sponsor: Learn Worship Keys
- Website: Charles Stone
- Book: Brain Savvy Leaders: The Science of Significant Ministry by Charles Stone
- Book: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work by Liz Wiseman
- Book: Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long by David Rock
- Book: This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J Levitin
- Twitter: Charles Stone
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