conference takeaways

Though I’m not at the Willow Creek, Global Leadership Summit I’ve often appreciated their input. Here’s some snippets and appreciated best-bits already from these sessions last week in Chicago. Here too is a three minute video clip of the best bits!

from Andy Stanley
“The local church is the activity of God here on earth.”
“When Jesus said He would build His church He meant it. It’s exactly what He did and is exactly what He is doing”
“Our Saviour will build His church whether we participate or not. What’s your decision? Are you in?”

from Henry Cloud
“The opposite of bad is not good, it is love.”
“Your brain runs on oxygen, glucose, and relationship.”
Successful leaders don’t view failure as personal, pervasive or permanent.

from Oscar Murui
“Start simple. Innovate. Create a leadership culture. Increase your impact exponentially.”
“To be alone is to waste an opportunity to be a mentor. Never do ministry alone. Always have budding leaders around you.” (Acts 4 v 13)
“Think about your own unique context and how you can multiply leaders around you exponentially”

from the brilliant Brene Brown

You can choose courage or comfort but you cannot choose both!
Love and Belonging are irreducible needs of men, women, and children. In the absence of love and belonging, there is suffering.
“What kills love, kills organizations.”
Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love only survives when damage is acknowledged and healed.
‘Leaders model the courage to ask the questions, not to have all answers’
Favouritism and gossip are how shame plays out in churches.
“If you are not in the arena, I’m not interested or open to your feedback……..I want to be in the arena and I don’t think I have much of a choice. My faith calls me to be courageous every day.”
We feel most alive when we are brave.

from Vijay Govindarajan
Strategy is not about celebrating the past. If you want to be a leader in the future, you have to adapt to change.
Strategy is creating the future while you are managing the present’

from Bob Goff
Polaroid photographs develop over time. We try to rush it. ”We see through a mirror dimly…”
Jesus said to the criminal: “You get Paradise.” God’s ability to forgive us is not limited by our ability to get it.

from Chris Brown
Saul was tall. Goliath was taller. Why send out a shepherd boy?
Insecure leaders need a title and position. Secure leaders pick up a towel.
God didn’t call you to be the Senior Pastor, He called you to be the servant of everyone.

from Patrick Lencioni
“People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.” – Samuel Johnson
1st sign of a miserable job: You feel anonymous.
2nd sign of a miserable job: Feeling like your job is irrelevant.
3rd sign of a miserable job: Immeasurement.

from Colin Powell
Great leaders take care of their troops. Have a destination.
“If you don’t have the guts to do it, you’re not leading anymore!”

from Bill Hybels
“Everybody wins when a leader gets better!”
Leadership requires insane courage: Deuteronomy 31 v 7-8 and Joshua 1 v 9
“We cannot stay here” — Vision requires courage.
“We’re not here to sit and suck air here! Don’t die a coward!”
The more I use social media the more hungry I get for true community.
People join organizations, they leave managers!
Staff cultures will only be as healthy as the Senior Pastor wants them to be.

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