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About Brace E. Barber
Brace E. Barber is a Christian Apologetics Speaker and Teacher. His Christian Ministry work incorporates the Leadership and Strategic expertise that he developed in the military and corporate world. His focus is on Keeping Christian Kids Christian.
Starting at West Point and for the past 30 years Brace E. Barber has had responsibility as a leader of people. He graduated from the U.S. Army’s Airborne and Ranger Schools and served for 11 years as an active duty Army Officer in posts around the world. In that time he became an expert strategist and leader. After leaving the military he gained extensive experience and competency in building companies from idea through to success. He accomplished his missions against entrenched competitors in highly dynamic environments like the one in which the Church finds itself today. Brace is the author of the popular book, No Excuse Leadership, Lessons from the U.S. Army’s Elite Rangers, (Note: some authentic language) and the book Sun Tzu’s Pattern of Power, The Art of War Organized for Decision Making. His latest book, TESTED, A New Strategy for Keeping Kids in the Faith, provides a method for any parent or pastor to confidently help kids build a deep faith.
Brace became a force in Christian ministry as he dealt with his responsibilities as a Christian father. He faced the reality that his three teenagers, despite being raised in the Church, were unprepared for the testing of a skeptical world and were at real risk of leaving the Christian Faith. Brace put his leadership and strategy expertise to the task of discovering how to best prepare his teenagers for the battle ahead. Through the process, he was stunned to learn that the Christian Church loses 75% of its kids after high school. Brace was no longer working just for his kids; he was working for the body of Christ.
Brace speaks passionately about the leadership characteristics and strategy necessary to immediately stop the loss of Christian youth from the Church and how to set the stage for revival. Brace provides hope for parents and churches as he illustrates a clear path to success in strengthening our youth and turning them into an incredible evangelical force. He is an ardent believer in the responsibility of both fathers and churches as part of this mission. To that end, Brace speaks to Congregations, Church Leadership, Men’s ministries, Youth ministries and Retreats.
Brace has been involved in his Church and Youth Ministry for the past 12 years where he teaches small groups and speaks to the youth congregation. He teaches apologetics at the high-school level where he introduces his students to the world’s perspectives and prepares them for face-to-face atheist interaction. His process of education, preparation and engagement is part of a process designed for any Church or parent to use to give their kids the best possible chance to not only survive the spiritual battle but to be victorious in fulfilling the Great Commission. In his talks, he applies his experience as a strategist and planner to the problem and gives parents and the Church an adjusted perspective and solution to the problem. His message will strengthen the faith of every attendee and encourage optimism in the embattled Church. No parent should have to hear their child say that they don’t believe in Christ anymore.
Brace’s leadership expertise revolves around how to perform effectively under duress. Leadership in the Army focuses on performing in battle, and that is exactly where Christians are today. As an Army veteran he understands the environment at a deep level. Christian kids are facing the duress of persecution and they must learn how to achieve their goal of Salvation in spite of that. Brace believes that it is the responsibility of parents and Churches to show them the way and it is his responsibility to teach parents and Churches.
Brace is a 1987 graduate of West Point and the veteran of 11 years of active Army service. After leaving the Army he has been the co-founder and leader of several companies involved in tax preparation, composite armor and tactical firearms. He has consulted on leadership and strategy with countless other companies. He has spoken to corporate and military audiences including Sam’s Club, West Point and the Air Force Academy. He became a Christian at the age of 28 after an upbringing and young adulthood of agnosticism. Brace and his family live near Nashville, Tennessee.
West Point’s No Excuse Leadership
The secret of West Point’s leadership success. Brace engages audiences in a West Point and Army Ranger mindset that takes personal responsibility to the next level. He provides an imagination-opening approach to leadership that greatly expands an organization’s ability to create success, no matter how it is defined. He describes the grueling training, intense mental and physical testing and the conditioning that produces the No-Excuse perspective.
How to Lead the Ultimate Mission
Brace speaks passionately about the leadership characteristics and strategy necessary to immediately stop the loss of Christian youth from the Church and how to set the stage for revival. Brace provides hope for parents and churches as he illustrates a clear path to success in strengthening our youth and turning them into an incredible evangelical force.
Authenticity of Apologetics and Christian Youth
How to turn lukewarm youth into steadfast Christians. Brace explains how we can give our youth exactly what they are looking for. We can engage their skepticism head on and show them that there is no other worldview as well supported or as rational as Christianity. Authenticity is communicated to our youth when we acknowledge their questions as valid and then satisfy their intellectual curiosity with the rock-solid evidence that science and history have provided us. Apologetics is not the only answer, but the subject area is a major tool in our quest to save our youth.
• Men’s Ministry
• Youth Ministry
• Evangelistic Outreach
1. No Excuse Leadership, Lessons from the U.S. Army’s Elite Rangers
West Point and Army Ranger School force its graduates to excel under extreme conditions, persevere despite seemingly impossible odds, and develop the mental toughness to succeed at any cost. No Excuse Leadership puts you at the ground level of Army Ranger School and drives home leadership principles through impactful first person anecdotes. Feel the claustrophobia of the first night, the frustration of exhaustion and the pain of hunger. In No Excuse Leadership, West Point graduate and former Army Ranger Brace Barber shares the leadership skills and lessons all Ranger School alumni learn. Use these lessons to make yourself a better leader and
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The challenge, the pain and the leadership value of U. S. Army Ranger School have been squeezed into the pages of this book. Experience the first book to illuminate the best leadership school in the U.S. Army; Ranger School. Ranger School puts you at ground level and drives home leadership principles through impactful first-person stories. Learn what Ranger School is like. Feel the claustrophobia of the first night, the frustration of exhaustion and the pain of hunger. This is the perfect in-depth source for tab seekers and for anyone wishing to know how to become someone worthy of being followed. Graduates will be reunited with their own extraordinary experiences and determination. Leaders don't make excuses! No Excuse Leadership is a leadership philosophy that grew out of a study and analysis of students at West Point and the U. S. Army Ranger School. Rangers are our nation's premier infantry strike force. They are trained to face the world's most dangerous forces and win. Their exploits and mindset have been highlighted in the movies Saving Private Ryan and Blackhawk Down. They are designed to operate with inferior numbers, while using the element of surprise and fanatically coordinated violence to destroy the enemy. Besides being outnumbered, they are typically behind enemy lines in treacherous terrain. And let's not forget the small element of bullets and rockets that they have to avoid. The soldiers of the Army Rangers have to be able to operate effectively under such difficult circumstances. They have to have special training. The rite of passage for the Army Ranger is the U. S. Army Ranger School. It is a nine-week training course that is brutally intense both physically and mentally. Over the nine weeks, the students average 2.5 hours of sleep a night, only eat one to one and a half meals a day, and expend an enormous amount of energy while performing dismounted military missions in the forests, swamps and deserts of various uninhabitable parts of America. This is key; while under these conditions, the ranger student still has to perform! The leadership philosophy that emerged from the study of soldiers during training and then in their lives after the experience is called No Excuse Leadership. The core concept of No Excuse Leadership - the central truth - is that the best leaders have developed the habit of making the right decisions under difficult circumstances. A Secret. No Excuse Leadership actually comes from the leadership foundation laid at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The first thing that West Point does, literally within seconds of a New Cadet's arrival, is take away every opportunity for them to rationalize, reason or explain away their failures and shortcomings. They limited us to four responses when addressed by an officer or upperclassman. Those responses are Yes Sir, No Sir, No Excuse Sir, and Sir I do not understand. Why would they do that? Consider that West Point has become the embodiment of leadership through over two hundred years of existence. West Point's mission is to create leaders capable of operating successfully in combat. The consequence of unprepared leaders in combat is the loss of life; our sons and daughters. There are no reasonable rationalizations for being less than prepared. There are no excuses. No Excuse Leadership is a change in mindset that motivates people to thoroughly prepare and take responsibility for success.
Rogers' Rangers; Army Rangers. Ben Comee gives a personal account of life and service as a Ranger in Battle.Army Rangers have a strong connection to their history. Ben Comee's account is entertaining and easy to read. Those who prepare Rangers for future battles have studied history. Ben Comee is an important part of that history. Ranger leaders not only study history, they duplicate it for Ranger School students. The principles, missions and associated misery are the same as 270 years ago. What’s the value of suffering through the 62 days of food and sleep deprivation of Ranger School? Why are students constantly on the move, always at the edge of muscle failure? Read the true stories of Ben Comee to find out why. The Rangers of today have grown from the Rangers of yesterday. Ben Comee is a fascinating person because of the paradoxes that somehow peacefully existed within his character. Ben was a Christian who grew up in a world accepting of slavery and at war with the “redskins.” Ben Comee described himself as a religious man, but he was described by another as, “A kind of mixture of bear, wildcat, and greased lightning.” He served in Roger’s Rangers with some of the most base and brutal men alive. Even among those men, Ben stood out as an exceptionally fierce fighter. The battles in which he participated necessitated his killing of men with rifles, axes and with his bare hands. He was so hated among the enemy that his scalp was as valued as the unit leaders’ Rogers and Stark.
This Book is Annotated and Enhanced with
- Nine (9) Maps with key locations identified
- Two (2) new Images
- Definitions for words not common in modern language
- A New Introduction by the Author of Ranger School, No Excuse Leadership, Brace E. Barber that provides a modern connection to the historical context of the book.
A Must Have Resource for Every Art of War Enthusiast.
Strategic planning with The Art of War is now possible. The effective application of Sun Tzu's Art of War was a guessing game prior to this organization of the book. Brace Barber discarded proverbs meaningless to modern society in order to focus the reader, eliminate distraction and allow for clear strategic thinking. He then reorganized the Art of War in line with accepted strategic categories necessary for systematically analyzing a problem and developing a highly stable course of action. This book is your key to an advanced strategic IQ.
- See what others cannot see. Organize and Step through information in a way that allows you to see opportunities that others miss.
- Handle massive amounts of information. Prioritize information and focus on the most important aspects of a problem.
- Make the complex understandable. Prioritize, organize and justify in a way that allows everyone to see why a decision was made.
- Be decisive. Confidence in a course of action comes when the scope of the problem is identified, and courses of action are designed to meet the critical needs in the best possible way. People can then decide and execute with confidence.
- Effectively engage your imagination. Imagination or intuition within the framework of priorities and objectives is powerful. This process does not decide for you, it gives you the opportunity to be imaginative and innovative while still solving the problem.
- Lead and communicate with a team. Organize and distribute the proper information at the proper times to the proper people. Then manage and lead the confidently-selected course of action.
In TESTED, West Point graduate and former Army Captain, Brace E. Barber analyzes the reasons 75% of kids leave the Christian faith and provides a method to allow any parent or pastor to confidently counter those reasons and help kids build a deep faith.
• Are you worried that there is no way to fight the overwhelming evidence of the secular world?
• Are you a frustrated parent wondering what your kids do in Sunday school and in youth group?
• Do you have a sense that there is much more that we can do for our kids, but aren’t quite sure what and how to do it?
• Are you a youth pastor desiring to impact your kids for life, but feel stuck in the rut of programs?
Take a step back. Realize that you can make a difference for your own children and those you impact in your church. The hard evidence for the truth of Christianity is abundant, and with TESTED you have a way of exposing kids to it for their own good.
• The TESTED is Trained format lets you tackle the most difficult challenges from the secular world in a way that builds a strong and confident faith with your kids.
• TESTED focuses on solving the problem of the exodus of kids from the faith without any denominational agenda or pet Sunday-School curriculum.
• TESTED provides the format to arm lay teachers, parents and pastors with the ability to present powerful theological and apologetic materials on Sunday mornings or at home.
The Church’s Recent Past Does Not Have to be It’s Future
Allen and Hannah left high school and left the Christian Church just like 75% of their youth group, and it wasn't even a hard decision. We had them for 18 years in our Sunday Schools, Wednesday nights and on retreats, and they chose to walk away from the faith. We had them for 18 years, knowing that as soon as they left home they would be surrounded and outnumbered by skeptics, religions and the claws of a pleasure-promoting culture hostile to Christianity. Yet, for whatever reason, we were unable to prepare them to survive and succeed as Christians in this world. Despite the determination and emotion of youth events they left the faith. How do parents and pastors protect our kids when we have already exhausted every resource and all of our energy and it still isn’t working?
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