Hello MUTHEAD, I felt strongly about creating a clan for Christians to come together and enjoy fellowship and growth while playing a game we have all come to enjoy. I hope that is what [ACTS} will provide. Where this clan goes, I'm not sure yet. I am looking for strong, organized, and creative Christians to help navigate the path this clan goes. I'm not concerned about clan rank but rather representing Christ in a positive manner in the MUTHEAD forums and Madden community.
In ACTS, we aim for it to be more than online interaction about Madden. ACTS is a place to grow as a person spiritually, physically, and mentally. It's a brotherhood that welcomes sisters. Below is a working "Code of Ethics" for ACTS as the clan is still in the forming stages.
As iron sharpens iron, so does one person sharpen another - Proverbs 27:17
Responsibilities of the Member
Members of ACTS are encouraged to seek daily devotional time. Members are also encouraged to share what they've learned with others if they choose to.
Members of ACTS are encouraged to grow and seek self-improvement daily through reading, videos, or seminars. This is not limited to "Christian" lessons but also includes mastering your profession or a hobby.
Members of ACTS are encouraged to live a balanced life between the demands of family, school, work, and recreational activities.
Members of ACTS will pay all debts on time.
Members of ACTS will help the community but never seek accolades for doing so.
Members of ACTS will be honest and not partake in gossip or use offensive language.
Members of ACTS will aim to be Christlike in attitude and action toward all persons regardless of race, social class, or religious beliefs.
ACTS is more than playing Madden online. A member of ACTS will take care of their bodies both physically and mentally through regular exercise, good eating habits, and the proper care of my body. Members will encourage one another. In ACTS, we care about one another's health.
Members of ACTS will not treat members from other clans as competition.
Looking for Leaders (any member of this Clan is a LEADER) who exhibit these qualities.
10 Characteristics of a Servant Leader
Listening. Leaders have traditionally been valued for their communication and decision-making skills. While these are also important skills for the servant-leader, they need to be reinforced by a deep commitment to listening intently to others. The servant-leader seeks to identify the will of a group and helps clarify that will. He or she seeks to listen receptively to what is being said. Listening, coupled with regular periods of reflection, is essential to the growth of the servant-leader.
Empathy. The servant-leader strives to understand and empathize with others. People need to be accepted and recognized for their special and unique spirits. One assumes the good intentions of coworkers and does not reject them as people, even if one finds it necessary to refuse to accept their behavior or performance.
Healing. One of the great strengths of servant-leadership is the potential for healing one’s self and others. Many people have broken spirits and have suffered from a variety of emotional hurts. Although this is part of being human, servant-leaders recognize that they also have an opportunity to “help make whole” those with whom they come in contact. In “The Servant as Leader” Greenleaf writes: “There is something subtle communicated to one who is being served and led if implicit in the compact between servant-leader and led is the understanding that the search for wholeness is something they share.”
Awareness. General awareness, and especially self-awareness, strengthens the servant-leader. Awareness also aids one in understanding issues involving ethics and values. It lends itself to being able to view most situations from a more integrated, holistic position. As Greenleaf observed: “Awareness is not a giver of solace–it is just the opposite. It is a disturber and an awakener. Able leaders are usually sharply awake and reasonably disturbed. They are not seekers after solace. They have their own inner serenity.”
Persuasion. Another characteristic of servant-leaders is a primary reliance on persuasion rather than positional authority in making decisions within an organization. The servant-leader seeks to convince others rather than coerce compliance. This particular element offers one of the clearest distinctions between the traditional authoritarian model and that of servant-leadership. The servant-leader is effective at building consensus within groups.
Conceptualization.Servant-leaders seek to nurture their abilities to “dream great dreams.” The ability to look at a problem (or an organization) from a conceptualizing perspective means that one must think beyond day-to-day realities. For many managers this is a characteristic that requires discipline and practice. Servant-leaders are called to seek a delicate balance between conceptual thinking and a day-to-day focused approach.
Foresight. Foresight is a characteristic that enables the servant-leader to understand the lessons from the past, the realities of the present, and the likely consequence of a decision for the future. It is also deeply rooted within the intuitive mind. Foresight remains a largely unexplored area in leadership studies, but one most deserving of careful attention.
Stewardship. Peter Block has defined stewardship as “holding something in trust for another.” Robert Greenleaf ‘s view of all institutions was one in which CEOs, staffs, and trustees all played significant roles in holding their institutions in trust for the greater good of society. Servant-leadership, like stewardship, assumes first and foremost a commitment to serving the needs of others. It also emphasizes the use of openness and persuasion rather than control.
Commitment to the growth of people. Servant-leaders believe that people have an intrinsic value beyond their tangible contributions as workers.As a result, the servant-leader is deeply committed to the growth of each and every individual within the institution. The servant-leader recognizes the tremendous responsibility to do everything possible to nurture the growth of employees.
Building community.The servant-leader senses that much has been lost in recent human history as a result of the shift from local communities to large institutions as the primary shaper of human lives. This awareness causes the servant-leader to seek to identify some means for building community among those who work within a given institution. Servant-leadership suggests that true community can be created among those who work in businesses and other institutions. Greenleaf said: “All that is needed to rebuild community as a viable life form for large numbers of people is for enough servant-leaders to show the way, not by mass movements, but by each servant-leader demonstrating his own unlimited liability for a quite specific community-related group.”
Most of us have a daily routine we follow; whether it is written or not. In John Maxwell’s, Today Matters, he shares 12 areas of focus to add into your daily routine. Following, is that “daily dozen” list along with some additional insight
The Daily Dozen
Maintaining a positive attitude is a well known success ingredient. It is important to step back and evaluate your current state, especially when you are dealing with the stress of daily life.
Make sure you work on the things that are most important daily. It is easy for us to get caught up with the urgent. Close your browser and turn off your phone for a while and get focused on those key tasks that provide great long term dividends.
Evaluate your eating choices each day and make sure you have scheduled exercise time as if it was a meeting with a key client.
Family can easily end up at the bottom of the to do list, if family time appears on your schedule at all. Make sure to spend time on what is really important in life… your family.
Spend at least one hour each day in reflection. Ideally, you should be away from the daily hustle and bustle. Clear your mind and think blue sky. Take the time each day to strategize and plan, that time will be well invested.
Ensure that any promises you have made are being acted upon. Check that any items you have delegated are on schedule.
Spend time each day thinking and giving thanks for all the great people and things in your life. Then think how you can express that gratitude today. Break out some paper and write a hand written thank you note.
Review your core values and make sure that your daily activities are in alignment. Eliminate those items that do not conform to your core values.
Find ways to learn each day, either through new experiences or active learning.
What’s in your daily routine? Besides brushing your teeth…
Feel free to talk about Jesus, sports, Madden or whatever is on your mind here.
Wood was scarce in ancient Israel. Joseph and his apprentice Jesus couldn't afford to make mistakes. They learned to proceed with caution, anticipating the consequences of everything they did.
It's a wise principle for our lives, too.
As Christian men, we need to be careful in our behavior. People are watching. Nonbelievers are judging Christianity by the way we act, and we can either attract them to the faith or drive them away.
Thinking ahead prevents a lot of trouble. We should measure our spending against our income and not exceed it. We should measure our physical health and take steps to protect it. And, we should measure our spiritual growth from time to time and work to increase it. Just like the timber in ancient Israel, our resources are limited, so we should do our best to use them wisely.
2 - USE THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB
Joseph wouldn't have tried to pound with a chisel or drill a hole with an ax. Every carpenter has a special tool for each task.
So it is with us. Don't use anger when understanding is called for. Don't use indifference when encouragement is needed. We can build people up or tear them down, depending on which tools we use.
Jesus gave people hope. He wasn't embarrassed to show love and compassion. He was a master at using the right tools, and as his apprentices, we should do the same.
3 - TAKE CARE OF YOUR TOOLS AND THEY'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU
Joseph's livelihood depended on his tools.
We Christian men have the tools our employer gives us, whether it's a computer or an impact wrench, and we have a responsibility to take care of them as if they're our own.
But we also have the tools of prayer, meditation, fasting, worship, and praise. Our most valuable tool, of course, is the Bible. If we sink its truths deep into our minds then live them out, God will take care of us, too.
In the body of Christ, every Christian man is a carpenter with a job to do. Like Joseph, we can mentor our apprentices--our sons, daughters, friends and relatives--teaching them the skills to pass the faith on to the generation after them. The more we learn about our faith, the better a teacher we'll be.
God has given us all the tools and resources we need. Whether you're at your place of business or at home or at leisure, you're always on the job.
Work for God with your head, your hands, and your heart and you can't go wrong.
Loving the New Clan Swing. Good Luck with Everything. And Wish you Nothing But the best as always. Your one of my best friends on here and this Clan will have a Great Leader in you.
Saints, I will forever be grateful for the way you welcomed me into RISE...... I just felt a calling and am excited about the opportunity ACTS presents. You forever have a friend in me! I'm willing to continue to host the Pickems Pros thread for RISE too