Yesterday I attended my twelfth Leadership Summit in a row. In 1998 I was awakened to the leadership gift the Holy Spirit has given me when I attended my first Summit. My life and ministry hasn’t been the same since. Yesterday once again was a great line-up of speakers. Bill Hybels always begins the Summit with a talk. Then others followed. I’ll list the ones below I took notes on and what they had to say. If you can get to a Summit site today, GO! If not plan on attending next year.
Bill Hybels: Contending with the new reality. He likened the new reality to being hit by a rogue wave at sea. He had four observations about what Willow has been through.
- No matter what the church will still be the church. That was their goal. We will continue to be an Acts 2 church.
- Kingdom economics mean more during this time than any other time. And people will give to a cause that moves them. A cause that’s larger than they are that will have a kingdom impact.
- Relational reflections: Being more in touch with staff and others. He has changed the way they work with staff and leadership.
- Are we attracting fully committed staff?
- Are we mentoring them?
- Are we challenging those staff members that are flagging?
- Do we have the right leaders in the right key seats? Are we raising up the #2 people who will fill that seat when that staff member leaves?
- Personal Reflections: Bill had to re-order his personal life to stay up with the personal demands of this new reality we find ourselves in.
Gary Hamel was a profound speaker. He has had more articles published in the Harvard Business Review than anyone else. Here was his take on the church in the US today.
- We are not overcoming the temptation to live in denial. Things are really bad in the church in the US today and we are in denial.
- We need to do a better job of creating strategic options. It takes 1,000 ideas to come up with one winner.
- Deconstruct what you believe about the church. By this he meant how the church is organized and deployed, not the doctrinal mission of the church.
- We can no longer have churches that are top-down autocratic leadership styles in our churches. The Millennial Generation won’t tolerate that.
Tim Keller spoke about renewal in the church. Frankly it was so riveting, I didn’t take notes.
Well tomorrow I’ll give you more reports from the Summit.
That’s this leader’s view.