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Lower Grand Cohort Meeting Report - Fall 2019

Written by Marianne Vangoor on January 27th, 2020

School leaders from the Lower Grand region had their first meeting in October at the very welcoming and hospitable Stoney Creek campus of Cairn Christian School. At this meeting, we began our study of Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Barton. This book is about, “the presence of God in the middle of a person’s leadership. It is an exploration of the relationship between a person’s private encounters with God in solitude and the call to leadership in the public arena.” Since then we have continued to gather in monthly Zoom meetings for continued study, discussion, encouragement and prayer. As leaders, we acknowledge that we need more God and, sometimes, less us. By meeting regularly, we are creating a place to safely and openly share some of our joys and challenges while learning from the leadership of Moses.

Our October meeting also brought us lessons from church leader and Global Leadership Summit speaker, Craig Groeschel, from his talk entitled, “Bend the Curve”. We all want to be more productive in our organization by being more efficient and reaching more people. So how do we do that?

Here are some insights from Craig’s talk:

1.    GETMO: Good-Enough-To-Move-On! 

  • Look for the greatest level of return based on time, money and resources invested and then move on …Better is good enough most often.
  • Don’t be a perfectionist, for it can often hinder more production; perfection is often the enemy of progress; the pursuit of excellence will motivate you, but the pursuit of perfection will eventually limit you.
  • What do we do when we feel stuck or trapped?

2.    BTC: Bend-the-Curve

  • Think INSIDE the box rather than outside the box because outside the box has unlimited options and constraints drive creativity. When you have options, you have to make decisions. Decisions drain your energy and you end up with decision fatigue. Instead, let constraints motivate you and drive you to innovation. Don’t let your constraints cause you to fear. See them as a motivating force to innovate and do something really special.
  • You have everything you need to be able to do everything you are supposed to do.
  • God often may withhold something that you think that you want to help you see something that you would not see otherwise.

3.   Burn the Ships: if you’re not sure if you can overcome the problem you are facing or endure the attack you are facing right now, eliminate the options to turn back

  • As leaders, step into your position and commit to the assignment–whatever the task is.
  • Commit. No excuses. No retreating. No turning back.
  • When you’re compelled to do something, figure out a way. Don’t give up.
  • Sell out for your mission. For your vision. Stop with excuses and keep working till God tells you to stop!
  • We have everything we need to do everything we are called to do.

Change the world–THAT is what great leaders do.

That is what our Lower Grand members want to do! 

Our next “meeting in person” is scheduled for Thursday March 5th on the topic of “Challenge, Change and Prayerful Long Range Planning.” 


Marianne Vangoor is the Lower Grand Leadership Cohort Mentor and Principal at Halton Hills Christian School in Georgetown, Ontario.

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