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    Leading from the back

    Leading from the back

    I’ve arrived at the point in life where I lead from the back.

    I’ve been the guy in the front, literally carrying the flag, for a long time. Decades.
    I’ve fronted rock bands. I’ve owned companies. I’ve given the morning speech to a plant full of employees as the boss, for years. I’ve been a mentor, a boss, a president, a founder, a leader and a daddy. All at once.

    But nowadays, I’ve built some things. And I wanna know that the legacy will live on beyond me. So I lead from the back.

    I’m back there watching. Seeing how the leaders do it. Taking them aside later for encouragement or correction.

    I’m waiting to see great men step up, into their calling, into their greatness, and into the void I’m leaving, as I lead from the back.

    I don’t have to about orders anymore, I can shout encouragement.
    I don’t have to be daddy bringing the spanking, I can be grandpa bringing the love and the excitement.

    It’s an odd transition going from enforcer to encourager.

    Sometimes leadership does need a harsh and heavy hand when the table gets flipped and the cards go everywhere.

    But I’ve come to the age and the place, finally, where leading with a light hand becomes enjoyable.

    It’s a reminder for all of us. Lean back and let others bring the light into the void. Guide, correct, encourage, excite.

    Motivating the mentors is the ultimate position of leader ship. So raise the mentors, then motivate them. Even an apostle needs to be built up at times.
    All the way down to the lowest level of leader ship, we can learn to lean back, and lead with a light hand. We can encourage those who are interested to take the next step in leader ship. Responsibility there’s always what we’re offering, not power or position.

    So sometimes you have to step back, and let them take responsibility.
    And what you will find is someone who gives it they are ultimate, and does it far better than what you envisioned, because you’ve given them space to give, grow, and show excellence.

    Looking for the next level of men to promote. Having an individualized leader ship plan to develop them. Leaving space an error for them to expand, clipping their wings when necessary, and fertilizing the pruned.

    Time will come for you to do these things.
    If you are a leader.
    Leadership 101

    James Disciple Johnson
    Disciple Christian motorcycle club

    Don't be a Dick

    If a new supporter walks into the room and shakes the hand with the nearest guy to the door, don't rudely point him at me.
    If he's new supporter, he's not going to know to find the senior guy. And if he's not a brand-new supporter, you're the one that failed to teach him to do that in the first place. No point in being a dick, and making him go from being excited and happy to be there, to feeling like an idiot walking around trying to figure out who's in charge.
    I recently watched a one percenter teach one of you this lesson. He came up in his own Clubhouse, reached out to shake some Disciples hand, and they didn't shake his hand, instead they pointed to me and told him that 'you probably want to talk to him first'. The one percenter politely informed them that he'll talk to whoever the fuck he wants first, it's his Clubhouse. And then made a point of shaking the disciples hand first that said it, before me. While winking at me.
    Don't be a dick. Don't take all the joy out of some supporters first interaction with Disciple. By Prospect, maybe that's something you should do. But the next time I see one of you steal a new supporters joy that way, I'm going to make a point about it. My brother is not always right. That's how people get shot, with that kind of thinking.
    If you were taught to be a dick to people like that, you were probably taught by somebody who's not in the club anymore. Who had an over reaching self-important opinion of who they were. They're not here anymore, ignore what they taught you. They were wrong. They didn't know what the hell they were talking about that's why they're not in the club anymore. Hope I've made that clear, reach out to me if I didn't. But call your ma first.
    James Johnson
    Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club

    This is a Motorcycle Club

    This is a Motorcycle Club.

    This is not just a brotherhood, its a corporation too. You have to sign a dotted line. You don't take your place, you earn it, by bringing something to the table. Under no circumstances will you just be patched right up, and if it takes a year, then so be it. We are not excited that you are here, we are cautiously optimistic that you will learn club ways, and will not get yourself shot by your local 1%er, and bring a bad cloud over the ministry.

    We expect you to demonstrate over a period of time that you understand brotherhood, and that your opinion may be subject to your brothers. We expect maturity, not just cutting off your patch and going to some other club because you're offended at a brother. That's weakness, and we will weed you out rather than patch you up, out of respect for the real brothers.

    We expect you to reach out to the 1%, and all bikers, to reach out to your brother's, to know them, across the country. You are not here to wear a patch and look cool, you are here to forward the unique ministry that God has given us, to be under the mission. Submission. And if you do, people will get saved, lives will be changed, and you will enter a place that many have prospected for, and failed.

    You will earn the name DISCIPLE! Give it time, and enjoy the journey. We are building something REAL and LASTING. It will be neither easy or quick, nor will it always be fun.

    There will be trials, but there will be rewards.

    GOD IS GREAT 888

    James Johnson
    Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club

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    There are many Scriptures that talk about the 'two by two' concept. That you can go out with another man to minister, because when one falls, the other can pick him up. That's wisdom. Especially if for instance you know you have a drinking problem, and you're going to be exposed to temptation to drink, use that wisdom. Building boundaries by having another brother with you to keep you accountable...

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    Road Names in a Motorcycle Club

    Posted by Disciple P-Nut
    Natl Road Captain
    Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club

    Road names:

    Let’s talk about them for a second. What is a road name? It is a moniker bestowed on someone as a reminder of an event or trait that was impactful and meaningful whether funny, serious or otherwise.

    Road names are bestowed by your brothers and throughout club history there will be road names that come and some...

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    Honor and Gallentry

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