Quick Note: 5 Gears Masterclass is Live…

Dear Friend,

I wanted to give you a quick heads up…

I just saw that Jeremie Kubicek has opened registration for his all-new 5 Gears Masterclass Coaching Program.

He’s only keeping enrollment open for a few days, so don’t miss out.

Here’s the link…

Here’s the deal: if you want to learn how to be more productive, connect with more people, and have more work/life balance, this is for you. Period.

This is the exact system top leaders use get more done and build stronger relationships with people in all circles of influence.

Tracee J. Swank, Leader
Church Doctor Ministries

P.S. – Once he closes down enrollment, I’m not sure when he’s going to make this course available again.

Go check it out:

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Hopelessness is a catalyst for interest in God: The Power of Hope

Someone once said, “You can live a few weeks without food. You can live a few days without water. You can live a few minutes without oxygen. But you can’t live a second without hope.” Hope is central to survival.

Hopelessness is a catalyst for interest in God. In the Old Testament God sent prophets to the people of Israel. The prophets would challenge them, preaching, “Repent, return to the Lord your God.” The people would run the prophets out of town!

The people would continue to turn away from God. They were caught in materialism. They turned to idols. Their lives began to fall apart. Israel became unraveled in corruption. Their existence became dismal. Ultimately, they lost hope. To lose hope is to abandon your expectation for the future.

When Israel became hopeless, God sent the prophets again. This time the hopeless people listened. They were hungry for hope.

Here is an experiment we use in churches involved in the spiritual adventure, Healthy Churches Thrive! Think about those in your immediate social network: friends, relatives, neighbors, or those at work or school. Identify those who are practicing Christians. Ask them if they have hope in the future. As people of faith, our hope is in Christ

Ask those who are not practicing Christians, “What do you think life will be like for your grandchildren?”

This is what you are likely to hear: “What do I think life will be like for my grandchildren? Well…not very good.”

You don’t have to ask, “Why?” Just remain silent and they will define their answer, “Our world is crumbling. The lawlessness, the broken families, Wall Street corruption, gridlock in the government, global warming, terrorism….” The list goes on.

What are they saying? They are saying they are hopeless. Many people in our world today feel hopeless. What does that mean? It signals that they are receptive. They are hungry for hope. They are open to receive Jesus Christ into their lives. They are open to discuss spiritual matters.

When a nation is hopeless, God is ready to act and the people are ready to respond. It means the nation has reached bottom. The nation is now ready for a move of God. Whether it is an entire country, a family, or a friend at work, hopelessness is your invitation to share the love of Jesus.

Remember that Bible verse that says, “Always be ready to share the hope that is within you?” It is from 1 Peter 3:15.

Hope has power when hope is lost. When a nation grows hopeless, it is because many have put their hope in something other than God.

It was Napoleon who said, “Leaders are dealers in hope.” Another word for “leader” is “influencer.” If you want to influence someone you know to consider the love of God in Christ, watch for hopelessness. When you sense that someone you know is without hope, it is a signal for you to share your hope in Jesus Christ. Right now, there are many hopeless Americans. This is your opportunity to share the real power of hope.

Kent Hunter, founder of Church Doctor Ministries, is known as the Church Doctor. His most recent e-books are The Future Is Now and The J-Dog Journey, available at no cost. Contact him at (800) 626-8515, by emailTwitter, Facebook, or visit www.churchdoctor.org.

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Mastering Work/Life Balance

Dear Friend,

Let’s face it… We’re all busy.

Managing tasks/work along with all the relationships we have is one of the hardest things about being an adult.

There are tons of concepts on “work/life balance” out there. Most say it’s a “time” issue. While learning how to manage time is certainly helpful, I actually think it’s more about mindset.

My friend Jeremie Kubicek (co-founder of GiANT and Leadercast) just released his second video in his free training series called the 5 Gears. It’s all about Work/Life balance…and how to master it.

Click below to watch it:

Video #2: Mastering Work/Life Balance


Tracee J. Swank, Leader
Church Doctor Ministries

P.S. – If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the first video in the series where he actually teaches you the 5 Gears. It’s really powerful and super easy to start implementing right away.

Watch it here now:

Video #1: The 5 Gears System


Here’s what the video is all about:

In video 2, Jeremie teaches 3 brand new tools and relates them to the 5 Gears.

:: Tool 1 – Know Yourself to Lead Yourself ::

The first tool is “Know Yourself to Lead Yourself”. This tool will help people:

  • Become aware of their current reality (knowing yourself)
  • Learn how to change their reality (leading yourself)
  • Address certain actions they take (and the consequences of those actions)
  • Modify the patterns that lead to certain actions and which ones they should change
  • Identify the tendencies that are undermining their influence

:: Tool 2 – The Support/Challenge Matrix ::

The second tool is called the “Support / Challenge Matrix”. It’s all about learning how to lead in a way that helps others feel empowered, come alive, and thrive. It will help people understand your leadership tendency: do you tend to lean towards support? challenge? The best leaders learn how to do both at the appropriate time.

This is one of the most important (and powerful) tools used in leadership. The best type of leader is a “liberating leader”. This is someone who understands how to calibrate both support and challenge appropriately. The problem is that most people have a tendency towards one or the other. Some organizations are full of leaders who bring high challenge, yet offer little to no support. Other organizations have a culture where leaders bring a lot of support and “rah-rah”, but rarely bring any challenge for fear of disturbing relational harmony.

:: Tool 3 – 5 Circles of Influence ::

The final tool is called the 5 Circles of Influence. This is a clear and simple visual representation that helps us distinguish between the “circles of influence” and relationships we have in life. They include:

  1. Self
  2. Family
  3. Team
  4. Organization
  5. Community

Two major learning opportunities from this tool are:

1. Intentional is better than accidental. Most leadership, parenting, and living is accidental.

2. Just because you’re doing well in one circle of influence doesn’t mean you should stop there. The question becomes: what type of leader are you in each circle? How well are you connecting in each circle?

Go watch it now:

Video #2: Mastering Work/Life Balance


What Is Kingdom Weird?

Kingdom weird is unlikely the flamboyant style of Reverend Sunny Butkis. Being a Kingdom which is not like this world isn’t just any kind of weird. It isn’t about being different, just to be different. Kingdom culture is unique-weird/ different from the way the world works. Sonny’s church may attract many followers because it has tried to become, in many respects, just like the world. There are churches high on entertainment, and watered-down Scripture, to fit into the world’s culture. This is drift from what Jesus intends.

synchronize-150123_640There is a mission term for this drift from Jesus’ Kingdom. It is called syncretism. It occurs when Christians adapt to a driving principle of syncing up with culture. It is discipleship in reverse: the Scripture says that as we grow in faith, we are to move from milk to the meat of God’s Word (1 Corinthians 3:2). Sonny’s church has moved from meat to milk. In churches like Sonny’s, it doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you show up, have a good time…and give financial support.

Reverend Johnson’s church once flourished in a day when 17th Century garb, hymns, architecture, and styles were in vogue. But the world has moved on. Musical styles, dress codes, architecture, and language, are different than in previous centuries. Perhaps, as an overreaction to the syncretism of churches like Sonny’s, Reverend Johnson’s congregation has failed to make the unchanging Word of God, the meaning, intelligible to a world that has changed. Reverend Johnson’s church has failed to be what mission teachers call indigenous.

When Jesus came to this world, He came in the flesh (John 1:14). The word for this is “incarnation.” It is God’s statement that mission is most effective when you speak the language of those you are trying to reach. The appearance of Jesus in the flesh—looking like the people He was reaching—is God’s clear message: don’t put any barriers between unbelievers and Jesus. The Missionary, Paul, said, “I have become all things to all people so that, by any means, some might be saved” (1 Corinthians 9:22).

We welcome your comments below.

This is excerpted from Are You Weird? Jesus’ Counterintuitive Kingdom — July/August 2015 Church Doctor Report.

Kent Hunter, founder of Church Doctor Ministries, is known as the Church Doctor. His most recent e-books are The Future Is Now and The J-Dog Journey, available at no cost. Contact him at (800) 626-8515, by emailTwitter, Facebook, or visit www.churchdoctor.org.

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A new tool on productivity and connecting well


Jeremie Kubicek (co-founder of GiANT and Leadercast) just released a brand new video training series called “The 5 Gears”. It’s powerful stuff.

He’s worked with thousands of leaders around the world and he has figured out what makes some people influential…and what causes others to lose influence.

In this first video, he’s going to teach you a concept he calls the “5 Gears: How to be Present and Productive When There’s Never Enough Time”. It’s the exact system he uses in his high-level leadership training…and he’s giving it away for free.

Go watch it now before he takes it down:


Best Regards,
Tracee J. Swank, Leader
Church Doctor Ministries

P.S. He’s taught this to thousands of people around the world and has seen massive transformation take place. I think you’ll really like it.

Check it out:



Again, here’s what the video is all about:

In this first training video, Jeremie introduces himself and explains the 5 Gears.

He talks about how every person we’ve ever met wants 2 things: 1) To be successful in their endeavors (even though many define success differently), and 2) to build deep and meaningful relationships with those around them.

In light of that, we all face the tension between work/life balance.

Personal growth and development can be broken down into 3 major areas: 1) Hard Skills or IQ, 2) Self-Awareness, and 3) Relational Connectivity.

When you think back to the person who has had the greatest impact and influence on your life, it was most likely due to their ability to connect and be present with you, not as a result of knowing their Myers-Briggs type or having a high IQ.

Connectivity is important and yet it’s one of the biggest issues facing us as “busy adults”.

Most of our lives, the “training” we undergo focuses on developing our IQ or hard-skills. Think back to primary school, college, and even most training programs inside our organizations. Hard skills are not bad, but with the expansion and availability of Google, YouTube and Wikipedia, information & credentials are no longer enough.

In the new world, establishing and maintaining relationships is the competitive advantage.

That’s exactly what the 5 Gears is aimed at. Learning how to be both “present” and “productive” when there is never enough time.

The 5 Gears is a connectivity tool that uses the analogy of a manual stick shift. Throughout our day, certain times call for different gears. Each gear is important and should be used appropriately. Unfortunately, the vast majority of us only use 2 or 3 gears and we miss out on the value of the others.

5th Gear is Focus Mode. Think of this as “being in the zone”. Time flies by, you’re extremely productive, and a lot of work gets done.

4th Gear is Task Mode. Most of the time this is multi-tasking with emails, phone calls, meetings and small interruptions throughout the day. This is where the majority of people spend their day. Learn to master 4th Gear or it can very easily master you.

3rd Gear is Social Mode. This happens during a birthday party, cookout with friends, or in other large group settings. You talk about common things like the weather and the latest happenings. You don’t go super deep but it is still good conversation.

2nd Gear is Connect Mode. This is when you have a really good conversation with someone and go deeper than you do in 3rd gear. These conversations with friends and family do not involve work.

1st Gear is Recharge Mode. This is all about learning how to rest and recharge, something most of us have trouble doing well.

He also covers Reverse, which is “Responsive Mode”. It’s all about learning how to apologize.

Watch this free video training!



God’s 3 Ms: Multiplication, Momentum and Movement

traffic-332857_640Jesus didn’t just start an organization or an institution–even though many Christians look at the church that way. He started a movement. If you, and your church, capture the movement concept, you will see spectacular growth of your congregation and the impact on your community. This teaching is on the 3 M’s: multiplication, momentum, movement. You may also listen to me explain this by playing this audio message.

When we work with churches, we like to change the culture from the church as an institution or an organization or a platform for programs, or a destination.

Jesus did not start an organization. He started a movement.

  • When we start using this terminology, people in churches are often “unsettled” by the constant use of the word movement.
  • We have actually had complaints that we keep calling the church the Christian movement!
  • But Christianity, before it ever becomes a “place”, like a church building, is supposed to be a movement.
  • The key element of a movement? It moves!  It is constantly moving!

The 3 M’s of God’s plan for reaching the world for Jesus Christ

  • Multiplication
  • Momentum
  • Movement

Multiplication is the key to God’s movement.

  • That’s why Jesus says to all who follow Him, “Go, make disciples.” Basically, that’s multiplication.
  • In Genesis, where God commanded human beings to fill the earth, He said, “Be fruitful and multiply.” That is multiplication.
  • In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus talked about His plan for filling heaven: “Go, make disciples.”

In most churches, there is very little disciple making by the masses.

  • Many churches identify their “mission field” as so many miles around their church.
  • The real mission field is the total number of unchurched people in the social networks of the people who already belong to the church.
  • That makes everyone a missionary, not just the pastor, staff, or evangelism committee.
  • This results in exponential multiplication.

Christianity is spread like the flu.

  • An epidemic.
  • Up close and personal.
  • Caught rather than taught.
  • Caught rather than brought (bringing someone to church).
  • That’s why the Great Commission starts with the word “go”.
  • It’s not about talking to strangers, but reaching those with whom you already have a relationship.
  • This multiplication leads to momentum.

Momentum develops a Jesus epidemic.

  • This is called geometric progression.
  • This is what a movement is all about.
  • Geometric progression is like if you took a sheet of paper and folded it over in half. And then you folded it over in half again.  If you folded that paper in half again and again for fifty times, how tall would that sheet of paper be?
  • The answer: it would reach from here to the sun! And if you folded it over one more time it would reach to the sun and back.

Jesus started a movement.

  • We have turned it into a program.
  • The Christian movement in the New Testament was literally out of control—out of human control. It was under the control of the Holy Spirit.
  • This is what Christianity is supposed to look like.

Movement means motion: constant activity, growing.

FDM: Focus + Discipline = Momentum.

We welcome your comments below.

Kent Hunter, founder of Church Doctor Ministries, is known as the Church Doctor. His most recent e-books are The Future Is Now and The J-Dog Journey, available at no cost. Contact him at (800) 626-8515, by emailTwitter, Facebook, or visit www.churchdoctor.org.

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