LISTEN: Reality — Keep it Real, Part 6 (Strategic Christian Leadership #35 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 Titus 1:7-9 which says, “For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.”

Our Strategic Christian Leadership quote for this episode is from Scott Berkun. He said, “I think leadership comes from integrity — that you do whatever you ask others to do. I think there are non-obvious ways to lead. Just by providing a good example as a parent, a friend, a neighbor makes it possible for other people to see better ways to do things. Leadership does not need to be a dramatic, fist in the air and trumpets blaring, activity.”

Our topic today is part 6 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:


The eleventh commandment (Keep it real) applies not only to substance but also to style. Members of the early church “broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts”. Often, being real means taking a less-formal approach.

One of our first approaches to assimilating people into small groups at CTK was a demonstration of Deliberate Simplicity. CTK first met in a rented Elks Lodge in Mount Vernon, Washington. On an auditorium wall was an elk’s head. In the early months, after each service I would ask those who were new to meet me under the elk’s head. Folks would gather with me, and we would make some brief introductions. I would then ask if anyone would be available to facilitate a new small group, and if someone would be willing to open their home for the group to meet. Invariably, I would get a positive response. Then I would ask if we could meet that week, say on Wednesday. I’d ask everyone to exchange phone numbers on the spot, and I’d tell them I’d see them at the host’s home that week. To this day, we have never developed a better assimilation strategy than those cheesy, impromptu “under the elk’s head” meetings.

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.