Stephen Neill


Strengths from Strength Finder

  • Ideation:

  • Woo:

  • Command:

  • Futuristic:

  • Activator:



People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.  This strength allows me to develop entirely new concepts, theories, innovations, designs, plots, conclusions, proposals, and more.   Being strong in ideation allows  grants the ability to  archive — that is, preserve — discoveries for future use.


People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.


People who are especially talented in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions.This allows the user to act boldly, influencing others to be brave, too. Driven by your talents, you motivate your friends with your passion for moving ideas from the talking stage to the action stage. Your dedication to various projects rallies numerous individuals to work alongside you.


People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.  You frequently share your ideas about what will be possible in the coming months, years, and decades. You probably capture people’s attention whenever you describe in vivid detail what you imagine. Chances are good that you take advantage of every opportunity to describe to others all the amazing things you see happening in the coming months, years, or decades. Your vision opens people’s minds to new and wondrous possibilities.


People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action.  Instinctively, you characteristically generate enthusiasm. You contend anything is possible. Your optimistic outlook helps people believe in their potential. You encourage individuals to forge ahead quickly. You challenge others to view major and minor assignments as opportunities to excel.

Favorite Quotes:


The church is the only cooperative society in the world that exists for the benefit of its non-members.  - William Temple

  • A person first starts to live when they start to live outside themselves. - Albert Einstein
  • The bigger we get… the smaller we have to think. Customers still walk in one at a time. - Sam Walton
  • What is truly profound is thought to be stupid and trivial, or worse, boring, while what is actually stupid and trivial is thought to be profound. That is what it means to fly upside down. Willard, Dallas (2009-02-06). The Divine Conspiracy (p. 10)
  • “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”  - C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity
  • “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”  C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity
  • The ultimate goal is not power-packed ministry, exciting as that is. Nor is the goal merely to make us godly in character. No, the holy life is a means toward the ultimate goal, for only as we are like him, God-compatible, can we respond in the kind of loving intimacy He designed us for. Oneness with God—that’s His ultimate purpose. McQuilkin, Robertson; McQuilkin, J. Robertson (2000-02-01). Life in the Spirit (p. 21).
  • Quality suffers when you have the right people in the wrong positions.”

    Stan Toler;Alan Nelson. The Five-Star Church: Serving God and His People with Excellence (Kindle Locations 959-960). Kindle Edition.

  • Growth is not only about coming back into a relationship with God and each other, and about pursuing a pure life, but it is also about coming back to life— the life that God created for people to live. Cloud, Henry; Townsend, John (2009-05-11). How People Grow: What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth (p. 28).
  • THE PARADOX OF INSECURITY IS THAT IT DRIVES PEOPLE TO THE VERY PLACES, SITUATIONS, AND EMOTIONS THEY ARE DESPERATELY TRYING TO AVOID AT ALL COSTS. Cooke, Phil (2011-04-19). Jolt!: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing (Kindle Locations 2218-2219).
  •  Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. —MARK TWAIN, WRITER AND HUMORIST Cooke, Phil (2011-04-19). Jolt!: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing (Kindle Locations 2363-2364).
  • When our happiness is dependent on what happens to us and when our self-focus determines our daily mood, our joy will necessarily be limited to whatever good thing happens to us. But when we learn to truly delight in the welfare of others and rejoice in what God is doing in their lives, the potential for increased joy skyrockets. Thomas, Gary (2009-07-20). Authentic Faith: The Power of a Fire-Tested Life (p. 33). Zondervan.
  • People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. – Howard Hendricks
  • When you’re through changing, you’re through! -BRUCE BARTON
  • Efficiency is getting the job done right.  Effectiveness is getting the right job done.  Excellence is getting the right job done well. – Zig Ziglar
  • The road to the next level is always uphill. -TALMADGE JOHNSON
  • The way you see your future determines your thinking today, and your thinking today determines your performance today. -TONY CAMPOLO
  • It is hard to soar with the Eagles when you have to live with Turkeys - John Maxwell
  • The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances - Victor Franl
  • The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
  • Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine. William Feather
  • Rule your mind or it will rule you. Horace Mann
  • Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are. Norman Vincent Peale
  • I don't have a job. I'm still waiting for Bill Gates to reply to my business plan for him to invest in my new pencil sharpening company. Harry Hill
  • People don't think of their office as a workplace any more. They think of it as a stationery store with Danish. You want to get your pastry, your envelopes, your supplies, your toilet paper, six cups of coffee, and you go home. Jerry Seinfeld



Marital Status:




18 years

1 Boy, 2 Girls



Leading, Establishing, Preaching, Teaching, Advancing, Winning with others, Visioning, Creating solutions with new Ideas, Revitalizing, Encouraging, Building teams, Reaching people, Producing change,  Equipping, Analyzing, Perceiving, Motivating, Raising others

Favorite Beverages:  

  • Coffee - Sumatran
  • Diet Coke

Favorite Bible Passages:
  • James
  • Philippians 4:13
  • Psalm 3

Favorite Musicians/Bands:
  • Chris Tomlin
  • Third Day
  • Rend
  • Casting Crowns
  • News Boys
  • IZ
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Josh Groban
  • Mercy Me
  • Michael Buble

Favorite Books
  • Bible
  • Mere-Christianity

2011-2013 Book List  - Completed (No Order) - Some books have been left off
February 2013
  • Do Something
  • Sticky Teams
  • Narative of Some of the Lords dealings with George Muller
  • Deep Change
  • The Writtings of Abraham Lincoln
  • Seasons of God

Past Materials:
  • Practing the Presence of God
  • Good to Great
  • Good to Great in God's Eyes
  • Jolt
  • Biblical Counseling - Clinton/Jenkins
  • 10 Choices
  • Connections Brawner
  • The Winning Attitude
  • Developing the Leaders Around You
  • Becoming a Person of Influence
  • Roots of Sorrow
  • Trusting God Bridges
  • As a Man Thinketh
  • The Life of the Mind
  • Ethics - Aristotle
  • Care of Souls
  • Changed into His Image
  • How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
  • How to Win friends and Influence People
  • Grace  - Lewis Sperry Chafer
  • Biblical Basis of Biblical Counseling
  • Real Marriages
  • Habit
  • Poke in the Box
  • Soul Detox
  • Switch
  • Living by the Book
  • Captured by Grace
  • How to Defeat Harmful Habits
  • The Life of Abraham Lincoln
  • How People Change
  • Living the Cross Centered Life
  • Life in the Spirit
  • Executive Coaching
  • Humility
  • Sticky Teams
  • Life Coaching
  • Basic Theology
  • Doctrine - Driscol, Breshears
  • Essential Church
  • Why Churches Die
  • Basic Theology
  • In Sheeps Clothing
  • Next Generational Leader
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Instructing a Childs Heart
  • Authentic Faith
  • Five Star Churches
  • How People Grow
  • The Cowards Guide to Conflict
  • Addications
  • Running Scared
  • The DIvine Conspiracy
  • Disapointments with God
  • Where is God When it Hurts
  • What is so Amazing About Grace
  • John Maxwell 101 Series
  • . . . More to come