LISTEN: Reality — Keep it Real, Part 8 (Strategic Christian Leadership #41 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

The simple purpose of this podcast is to help Christian leaders understand how planning and strategizing is important to carrying out the Great Commission.

Our Strategic Christian Leadership Bible Verse for this episode is Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Our Strategic Christian Leadership quote for this episode is from Theodore Roosevelt. He said, “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

Our topic today is part 8 of “Chapter 3: Reality — Keep it Real” from “Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less” by Dave Browning. He continues as follows:

— Understated Liturgy

The services of a Deliberately Simple church are not lofty; they don’t have a lot of fluff. Straightforward messages are given in a normal tone of voice and in conversational style. By staging our services loosely, we allow them to unfold with an edge of spontaneity. There is an opportunity for questions to be asked. Instead of running everything through the filter of religious subculture, we make an attempt to express ourselves normally and naturally.

Larry Bossidy said, “Formality suppresses dialogue; informality encourages it. Formal conversations leave little room for debate. They suggest that everything is scripted and predetermined. Informal dialogue is open. It invites questions, encouraging spontaneity and critical thinking.”

The minute the church starts to feel like a marketing campaign — more like a slogan than a reality — it begins to stray from reality. Deliberate Simplicity calls for an understated approach. No hard sell. A relative lack of hype. No over-the-top prognosticating. A conversational tenor. Better to understate our own importance or success so people can remember Who is truly important.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.