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Your home life will undoubtedly affect your leadership life. Many people try to live their lives in “compartments,” but God didn’t create us that way. He created us holistically. In this episode, returning guest Dr. Lon Flippo shares how to prioritize your personal life in a way that will help your ministry or organization flourish.
TODAY’S GUEST: DR. LON FLIPPO
Dr. Lon Flippo is Professor and Chair of Pastoral Studies at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN. With more than 30 years of pastoral ministry experience, Lon has written several Christian parenting books and publications related to faith, church, and parenting in a secularized society. He has also spoken at national conferences about family ministry best practices and parenting.
The highest level of leadership in our lives is right under our noses: our spouses and our children. If we can prioritize what’s most important — our own homes — God honors that, and we model to other people the significance of that priority.
When it comes to speaking about the "good-parenting-good-leadership" correlation, hardly anyone is as qualified as my friend, Dr. Lon Flippo, an authority on both Biblical parenting and leadership. In this interview with him, he outlines some of these practical family leadership priorities:
- Be on the same page. Smart kids can play parents off of one another if they’re not united.
- Be consistent. Nothing is set up for success when parents set capricious punishments or show poor follow-through.
- Be fair. Don’t let your emotions cause overreactions or inequitable punishments.
- Be forgiving. Like our Heavenly Father parents us, forgive in love and unbroken grace.
Examine your current relationship with your children. Is it “a punishment relationship” or “a love relationship”? Love doesn’t mean there are no consequences for our actions, but remember… Even the prodigal son had no fear that his father was going to punish him.
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- A Theology of Parenting (CC410) – This CLSTG course is designed for Christian parents, grandparents, children’s ministry staff and everyone who wants to positively impact this emerging generation. Taught by CLSTG faculty member Dr. Lon Flippo, you will learn about a broad range of topics including: parenting skills, stages of child development, understanding temperament, communication, the dynamics of discipline, instilling self-esteem, how to be a technologically responsible parent, and much more. Learn more about this course by visiting: https://www.christianlifeschooloftheologyglobal.org/course/a-theology-of-parenting-cc410
- “Leadership Starts at Home,” Pinnacle Leaders Podcast, Episode 19 – 1 Timothy 3 reminds us that leadership really begins in the home, and that those in our own household are the most immediate and consistent people we lead. In this episode, Dr. Lon Flippo shares practical tips for leading your children and family well from his Christian Life School of Theology Global online course, “A Theology of Parenting.” https://www.christianlifeschooloftheologyglobal.org/2021/08/31/pinnacle-leaders-podcast-leadership-starts-at-home-wisdom-for-kingdom-leaders/
QUOTES & SCRIPTURE TO REMEMBER
- “A lot of people try to live their lives in compartments, but God didn’t create us in compartments. He created us holistically." — Dr. Flippo
- “The pressure of living two different lives has caused collapse and train wrecks in so many leaders’ lives.” — Dr. Langley
- “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” — 1 Corinthians 9:27
- “A good leader is someone aware of what’s going on in their family.” — Dr. Flippo
- “‘Don’t let people see the chinks in your armor’ mostly perpetuates an unhealthy ‘island’ mindset.” — Dr. Langley
- “The highest level of leadership in my life is right under my nose: my wife and my children.” — Dr. Langley
- “Every day really does count. It really does matter.” — Dr. Lon Flippo