Episode #52: Larry Bettencourt on Faithfulness

This episode comes from our Learning to Lead Breakfast series. Our January 2015 speaker was Pastor Larry Bettencourt In this episode, Larry teaches what he believes to be some of the most significant lessons for next generation leaders to learn.

Everyone who attended the breakfast learned so much. I hope that this episode adds as much value to your life as it did to mine! Below you will find the podcast, Larry’s bio, some of my key takeaways, and upcoming announcements for Learning to Lead.

Our next leadership event will be a lunch on Saturday, February 21st from 12:30 p.m. t0 2 p.m. at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Our speaker will be John Stanko, President of Purpose Quest. Register for this event here.

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Episode #52: Larry Bettencourt on Faithfulness


Larry’s Bio:

Pastor Larry Bettencourt and his wife Kim are the founding lead pastors of Champion Life Church in Beaver Falls, PA (Chippewa Twp.). The church launched in April 2011 and is steadily growing with 250 people. Larry and Kim served in ministry for over 23 years. Larry has served as a youth pastor in the Western PA area since he moved here from New Orleans to attend Geneva College in 1986. From a youth leader for Young Life, a veteran youth pastor, and a youth pastor coach and church planter, his desire is to help pastors and leaders thrive in the calling God has for them.

In 2007, Larry became the founder of Finishline Ministries. Finishline Ministries exists to “Strengthen the Local Church” in coaching, equipping and training leaders. Larry has a Master Degree in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College, as well as undergraduate Degree in Elementary Education. Larry holds a Degree in Theology from Life Christian University. Pastor Larry has authored the book, Put It Behind Ya , which encourages you to “press toward the high call of Jesus Christ without the past holding you back.” Larry and his wife Kim live in Beaver County, PA with their four daughters.

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ISAIAH 50:4 (AMP)>>> 4 [The Servant of God says] The Lord God has given Me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He wakens Me morning by morning; He wakens My ear to hear as a disciple [as one who is taught].

(NIV) “he wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.”

(MES) “Wakes me up, opens my ears to listen as one ready to take orders.”

1. The _____________ Decision.

• Everything _________ starts with something ___________________.

• “God rarely uses His “hurry-up” offense!”

2. Faithfulness is derived from _________________.

3. _____________ what or who you are going to be faithful to.

• The __________________ of making someone’s dreams come true.

4. The FAITHFULNESS FACTOR: (2 Tim. 2:2)

• Seasons of ___________________.

“Each time you decide to grow again, you realize you are starting

at the bottom of another ladder.” – Ken Rosenthals

• Sowing seeds for your _______________ harvest. (Luke 16:10-12)

• The process of __________________ and _____________________.

• Preparation time is NEVER wasted ____________.

5. CAPACITY *Ie: The Size of your Cup

• OVERTIME + ___________________ = CAPACITY GROWS

• Capacity is a result of

1. Learning

2. Serving

3. Experiences

ANSWERS: daily, big, small, love, choose, investment, preparation, future, sanding, smoothing, time, faithfulness,

Learning to Lead Announcements: 

1.) Learning to Lead Breakfast Series Our next leadership event will be a lunch on Saturday, February 21st from 12:30 p.m. t0 2 p.m. at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Our speaker will be John Stanko, President of Purpose Quest. Register for this event here. 

2.) Learning to Lead Small Groups – We have a small group of young leaders that get together twice a month to discuss leadership, hold each other accountable to our goals, and to build a community of leaders passionate about making a difference in our city. If you’re interested in attending, e-mail me at dougsmithlive@gmail.com.

3.) Learning to Lead Service Opportunities – In January, we will start serving a local non-profit once a month. Stay tuned for more information about this.

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