Leadership Summit – Friday Morning

Friday morning at The Leadership Summit started out with a bang.

Session 5 – Craig Groeschel

Craig Groeschel is the senior pastor at Lifechurch.tv.  If you’ve never heard him before, he’s a crazy talented speaker.  Craig spoke on IT – How Leaders Can Get IT and Keep IT.  I picked up his new book on the subject.

Some churches have “IT” –  a buzz in the air that something special, something spiritual is going to happen.

Craig has some theories on IT:

  • God make IT happen
  • We can’t create IT
  • It is rare that one person can bring IT; but one person can kill IT
  • IT can be lost if you have IT; IT can be found if you don’t have IT
  • The early church had IT – Acts 2:42-47

There are certain qualities when IT is present:

  • laser focus
  • there are no obstacles; only opportunities
  • willingness to fail
  • led by people who have IT

And those are just the highlights.  If the book is anything like Craig’s talk, it’s a must-read.

Session 6 – Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson, author and founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries, spoke on the subject of Defending the Faith. 

  • our job as leaders is to lead people; not to pander to them
  • don’t blame the culture; if the culture is sick, it’s because the church is sick
  • Christianity is a worldview, seeing all of life through the eyes of God
  • Christianity rests on certain truth claims that cannot be ignored
  • Christians should propose their beliefs to other people
  • We have an invitation to the world
  • Without truth, there is no freedom!

Session 7 – Catherine Rohr

Catherine Rohr is the founder and CEO of the Prison Entrepeneurship Program (and quite sassy, I might add).  The PEP teaches prisoners business skills and character so they can succeed when they are released from prison.  Sounds like a really cool ministry.

  • “There is nothing that I wouldn’t risk for God”
  • She prays “Bring it on God!”
  • God’s plan is better than my plan, so I need to just chill out and let God take control
  • We, as Christians, are a bunch of “grace junkies”, but we don’t forgive easily
  • If you’re sick and tired, then change is easier
  • Be quiet… be still… let God work
  • Don’t get too emotional  over criticism
  • If the leadership isn’t in good health, then the whole organiziation suffers
  • Privacy has to be given up to gain accountability
  • Connect people’s hearts to the mission, and the money will follow
  • Why don’t we all give our skill sets over to God more often?  Why are we so surpised when others do?

2 Responses to Leadership Summit – Friday Morning

  1. Jon Petersen says:

    I’m reading Craig Groeschel’s book “It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It.” The illusive “it” is what attracts people and makes ministries effective. Craig says “it” can’t be taught, but “it” can be caught. God gives “it.” “It” has a lot to do with the Holy Spirit. Churches that have “it” are incredibly focused, willing to fail, led by people who have “it,” and those people see potential when others see problems. Craig says “the spark of passion ignites the fuel for innovation.” And he says “it” follows big vision. God makes “it” happen. “It” is from him, by him, and for his glory. You may want to watch brief videos about the book’s message at http://www.zondervan.com/it and http://floatingaxhead.com/2008/08/11/the-power-of-it/

  2. mandoron says:

    Thanks the info Jon. I stuck the book in my work bag, but haven’t pulled it out yet. I may read it on a trip to LA next month…

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