Center for Effective Leadership

The Center for Effective Leadership exists to address the leadership needs of Texas Baptist churches, institutions and individuals. Offering appropriate solutions to the critical leadership issues facing Texas Baptist churches and institutions.

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The Center for Effective Leadership regrets to inform you that on May 15th we will be ending our service to Texas Baptist Churches. We have enjoyed serving all of you, and hope that you continue to grow as leaders in our state.

If you have any future leadership needs, please contact the Texas Baptists at

A group of 5,300 churches striving to pray for the lost, care for the hurting and share the hope of Christ with Texas and beyond.

[04/25/12]   "You can't discover new oceans until you have the courage to leave the shore." Unknown. Great #leaders are always willing to shove off!


It's a full house in Ballinger to hear Richard Jackson's sermon.

[04/19/12]   Pastor 2 Pastor in Ballinger kicks off in 15 minutes! We're prepared for a great day of leadership lessons.

[04/19/12]   Pastor2Pastor begins in less than 12 hours at First Baptist Church of Ballinger! Pray for us and leave your encouragement for pastors as they grow as leaders!


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[04/18/12]   "It's not necessary that I'm the smartest fellow in the room, as long as those who are smarter work for me." FDR. Great leaders check their egos at the door!

[04/17/12]   "In every setback are the seeds of a future success." Thomas Edison. Great leaders have the right perspective on failure!

[04/13/12]   "I see no point in the being the richest guy in the cemetery." Peter Drucker. Great leaders enjoy life & find fulfillment in their calling! 04/12/2012

Leader 2 Leader - Leadership Lessons from a Former Dallas Cowboy Head Coach

Ron Herring's latest blog - 3 quick leadership lessons from Jimmy Johnson. How does your perseverance pay off? It's hard to believe that it's been almost twenty years since Jimmy Johnson left the Dallas Cowboy organization, going out on top after winning back to back Super Bowls. Johnson had very big shoes to fill when he stepped in to replace legendary Dallas coach Tom Landry. Landry was the only coach in …

[04/12/12]   Don't try to turn a shark into a vegetarian! It won't work and you'll regret trying. Great leaders understand somethings can't change!

[04/11/12]   "You have to keep an open mind, closed minds don't make progress." Nolan Ryan. Great leaders are open to new possibilities!

[04/10/12]   "The difference between a successful person and others is not strength or knowledge, but a lack of will." Vince Lombardi. Great leaders have a mental toughness!

[04/09/12]   Interesting article for leaders: . Steve Jobs and leadership 04/04/2012

Leader 2 Leader - A Leadership Lesson From The Texas Tornadoes

Disaster can often strike unpredictably. Great leaders are prepared when disasters come their way. How do you prepare for disaster? Yesterday was a tough day in the D-FW area as storms and tornadoes ripped through our area causing extensive damage. Twice our building had to be evacuated into the lower level parking garage. Both times, after about 30 minutes, we were able to return to our desks and resume work. I suspect this sce...

[04/04/12]   "In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing." Theo.Roosevelt. Great leaders have a moral compass!

[04/03/12]   "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." Ben Franklin. Great leaders are willing to put sizable dollars into employee development! 03/29/2012

Lessons from the NBA's shortest player

Read what Jim Denison was thinking as he watched the Mavs take on the Rockets.


If you didn't catch the CEL guest blog earlier this week on Baylor basketball sensation Brittney Griner, hop on over to our website for a few more lessons from the court. Earl Boykins stands 5'5" tall and weighs 133 pounds. By contrast, the Rockets' starting center is 6'11" and weighs 250 pounds. It's no surprise that Boykins was not drafted by an NBA team after college. It is a surprise that he's now played 12 years in the league with 12 different teams.

[03/29/12]   "Always SUPERGLUE your intention to your imagination." Wayne Dyer. Great leaders know how to wed their vision with their creativity! 03/28/2012

Midpoint & Beyond - What are you doing to improve?

What are YOU doing to improve? If you're not improving, can you still be relevant to your organization or your market? In this short blog, Bill talks about this question and what it means to Christian leadership.

What would be your answer? The challenge of change is in front of us every minute. In order to meet this ever-present reality, effective leaders are always looking for ways to improve. They read, attend conferences, and are aware of the culture around them. Because effective leaders want to get better, they are seeking ways t...

[03/27/12]   "You can't wake someone up without disturbing them." Paul Powell. Great leaders know how to disturb their followers!


Seen Brittney Griner in action? Here's a quick 3 pointer on leadership we can take from the queen of slam dunks.

Be sure to check out the Baylor University photos linked below to catch a glimpse of Griner and the Lady Bears on the court.

The Lady Bears rolled passed Georgia Tech in their Sweet Sixteen match. Brittney Griner threw-down a two-handed dunk in the win. The team has one day to prepare for a re-match with the Tennessee Lady Vols in the Elite Eight. 03/22/2012

Leader 2 Leader - Ron Paul For President? Why is Ron Paul running for president? I mean, really, the man has no chance of winning and I think he knew that before he started the race. Why is he doing it? I think it’s a well known fact that politicians are a different breed; most of them are somewhat narcisstic and enjoy the continual spotlig...

[03/22/12]   Ballgames of won by the players on the field, not the fans in the stands. Great leaders encourage maximum participation in their organizations!


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[03/21/12]   "Men are not prisoner of fate, but prisoners only of their own minds." FDR. Great #leaders always see potential where others see problems!

[03/20/12]   "The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?" Ecclesiastes 6:11 Is the quantity of your words keeping others from recognizing your best qualities? Great leaders are concise.


Share this post this week and you'll be entered in a drawing for a chance to win First Thing Every Morning by Lewis Timberlake! The drawing is on Friday, so share on!

Pastor 2 Pastor-Dallas 2012 03/20/2012

Pastor 2 Pastor Dallas

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[03/19/12]   "Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading." Oswald Chambers. Great leaders walk in the light they have and trust the darkness to the One who knows all! 03/15/2012

Midpoint & Beyond - Star Trek Leadership Lessons: Part 2

Earlier this week, Bill shared the Star Trek Leadership Lessons from Captain Kirk. Well, now it's Picard's turn. Who's the better captain? Who's the better leader? Who faced the greatest challenges?

Drop by our website, Trekkies, and let us know what you decide! In a previous blog I mentioned Captain James T. Kirk facing Vulcans, Klingons, and Romulans. And while they are a formidable challenge, they dim when facing the Borg. This seemingly unstoppable enemy was faced and dealt with by Captain Jean-Luc Picard. (I have faced a Borg challenge or two in leader...



Sometimes artists ARE smartest... read this from Andy Warhol via FranklinCovey

"They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them
yourself." -Andy Warhol


Guest Blog - 3 Ways Mission Trips Equip Leaders

Mission teams are out in full force this Spring Break! Do your teams know that in serving others, they're becoming leaders, too? Here are 3 ways missions make leaders--what can you add? Anything to add? I can still hear my sister’s advice the first day I came home from middle school whining about some girl who didn’t think I wore enough make up to be pretty. My huffs and sighs and over-the-top worries seem silly now, but her advice was pure wisdom: “Get over yourself!” 03/14/2012

Midpoint & Beyond - Star Trek Leadership Lessons

What did James T. Kirk know about leadership? Read Bill's latest blog to find out! Unless, of course, you can only read Klingon. I find that leaders are readers. And, yes, I believe that leaders need to be readers. By being a reader you will find leadership principles in a variety of places. Leadership principles are available for us to learn from scripture, history, biographies, and even fiction. So, when someone in our offi...

[03/07/12]   "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts." Daniel P. Moynihan. Great leaders lead with facts not opinions!

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