Think of someone who has had a profound influence in your life. A parent, a teacher, a coach, a minister, a supervisor, an older friend, a mentor, a speaker, or a writer. Was their influence expressed or experienced the same way with each one? Of course not. Some led with forceful personalities or authoritative position. Some were far more subtle. Some are connected to significant events while others modeled their influence incrementally over time. Each one made a contribution to your life. Some of them were perhaps negative models, poor teachers, or bad examples. We are shaped by our influencers, both good and bad.

Now, think about those with whom you have had influence. Younger siblings, friends, classmates, teammates, colleagues, employees, young believers, students, and others. What impressions have you left in the lives you have touched? We would have to admit that there are some instances, some relationships we wish we had handled better. We could have had a more positive impact in the lives we have intersected.

Someone said to me this past Sunday, “But I’m not a leader.” In the purest sense of the word, our ability and availability to influence others makes us leaders. All of us have people in our lives who think our opinion is important, who value what we think or say, who watch to see how we handle circumstances. A Midwest farmer saw his young son trying to match the footprints his dad had made in a late snow. The little boy had to leap to reach the next impression in the snow. The farmer said to himself, “I’d better watch where I step.”

Leaders have to do that. They need to watch where they step because someone might be trying to follow. How do we increase our influence, improve our example? We get better.

That is one of the reasons that the Global Leadership Summit means so much to so many. When leaders get better, everybody wins. Our commitment is to not only positively affect our church, but to assist people to be better leaders in their homes, their businesses, their communities. That’s why we signed up to be a host site for the Summit.

It’s not too late to register, utilizing our special program – “50 for $50”. Our members are able to register for a special price until July 7. Then the price goes up. While we have over 125 total registered so far, only 30 of those are Wieucans. Invest in yourself, support your church, become a better leader. We all win!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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