DCL 1.6 Instruction | Managing the Discipline of Growth

Video Presentation: John Hull, President/CEO, EQUIP


1.  Set a goal to grow every day.
“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52)
Improve a little every day, and over the long haul you will make great progress.

2.  Have a time and place to grow.
Even in prison the apostle Paul wanted to create an environment to grow by asking that the Word of God and other books would be brought to him while he was there (2 Timothy 4:11-13).

3.  Some practical suggestions:

  • Listen to audio lessons.
  • Read two  books per month.
  • Meet People: set up one key meeting with someone you can learn from each month.

4. Save what you learn. (Ecclesiastes 12:9-11)

  • Capture it
  • Label it
  •  File it where you can find it again

5. Apply what you learn.

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:22-25)

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  • Live it in front of others


The Power of the Process

1.  We overestimate the event and we underestimate the process.
Very often, we hide behind excuses for not growing. We claim we cannot do great things because we’re just common, ordinary leaders. “But these are gifted people,” you may say. Being gifted has very little to do with it. Maybe you and I haven’t been given those bursts of genius, those flashes of inspiration, or the blessing of exceptional talent. Yet we believe that our journey of growth, our creativity along the way, consists of small, deliberate, sometimes unnoticed steps. Amy Carmichael once penned these thoughts:

 Sometimes when we read the words of those who have been more than conquerors, we feel almost despondent.I feel I shall never be like that. But they won through step by step, by little bits of will, little denials of self, little inward victories by faithfulness in very little things of our lives.”

They became what they are. No one sees these little hidden steps. They only see the accomplishment, but even so, those small steps were what got them there. We will become what we are becoming today.

2.  Right decisions applied daily compound success.
As we choose the right decisions each day, they affect our lives in a multiplied way over time.



  • How does the compounding power of right decisions influence… your family? your church? your business?
  • It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.




  • In which of the twelve big decisions do you most need to grow?
  •  What commitments have you made in the past that you’ve neglected?



  • Which of the twelve big decisions will be your growth areas this year?
  • What will be your growth goals this year?
  • Who will be your mentors this year?


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