///my thoughts about some leadership thoughts by Mark Affleck

my thoughts about some leadership thoughts by Mark Affleck

Mark Affleck is one of the leaders at Saddleback, he’s responsible for leading the PEACE plan. This is a really big deal.

Over the past few months I’ve had an opportunity to sit in some meetings with Mark. I did what I do to everyone and every thing: I watched, wondered, questioned, considered, reflected, examined, tested and then watched some more, wondered some more, questioned some more, considered some more, reflected some more, examined some more, and tested a little more.

Sounds tiring, I know. It’s the way my mind works. Just think about my poor wife, the Mish has to hear me talk about it all…

(while driving today, I asked mish: does that driver look like a float operator, like a float for a parade? she didn’t even bother to ask why I was wondering this…ok, way off topic.)

Anyhow, what I found was a growing respect for Mark. The other day, I asked Mark a few questions, got some great answers (actually, it was mostly questions), and he also sent me some teaching he’d done for his team. Here’s the first part of that teaching:


  • Clear, consistent and unwavering Christian values
  • Suspended judgment of others
  • Self-improvement focus leaving no time to criticize
  • Determination to make a difference
  • You’re at your best when there’s “no time to think” and no one is watching
  • Every word is spoken as if everyone in the world can hear
  • Every action is taken as if everyone in the world can see
  • Deep sense of purpose
  • Tough and tenacious, especially during challenges
  • Every action runs through an “Integrity Filter“


I thought this was a good list . . . then I read it a few more times. I still felt it was a good list, but was challenged in a few areas:

UNWAVERING CHRISTIAN VALUES: check, no problem. I mean, sure, I’ve got lots of problems . . . but this has been a strong commitment of mine since I was in 8th grade. This list is going to be easy, right?

SUSPENDED JUDGEMENT OF OTHERS: Now I’m in trouble, this is what I do all the time. I consider and weigh in order to discover how good or bad or wise or foolish some decision or someONE is . . . Now, perhaps: most of the time I’m evaluating and not judging . . . but I’ll tell you this: it’s a fine line, and I’m sure I’ve crossed it more than I’m aware . . .

SELF-IMPROVEMENT FOCUS LEAVES NO TIME TO CRITICIZE: I’m ok on this one . . . with people I don’t know that well. But the people whom I know really well, I’m very critical. Sometimes I push too far, too hard. In all situations I’m quicker to see the negative than I am to DISCERN the positive.

DETERMINATION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: check, no problem. I mean, that’s why I’m in ministry. Let’s move on. Hold on a second, there’s been many o times the last 3.5 years that I’ve given up, that is, given in, to discouragement. let the enemy – within and without – beat back the hope and truth that what I do matters and makes a real difference. ‘Course its not going to just happen…

YOU’RE AT YOUR BEST WHEN THERE’S “NO TIME TO THINK” AND WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING: I’m going to get a little more clarity on this one . . . cause I’m a colossal moron when I don’t keep my impulsiveness in check. However, when I’m not frozen by the assumed and presumed spectatorship of others, I know I do a better job on the task at hand.


This post is way to long, I’ll hit the rest of the list another time.

Take a moment to post a response below, which is one of the above points is an area where you’re really great at?

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