Today was the first day of the Global Leadership Summit put on by the Willow Creek Association. I’m actually attending one of their satellite sites – Christ Tabernacle in Queens, NY – and the folks at CT have been wonderful hosts.
Over the past 2-3 years, I’ve attended quite a few conferences, and I realize the two that I’ll likely stick with are the GLS and Drive (put on by Northpoint). It certainly helps that I can go to the GLS a few miles away in Queens.
Here are my impressions after today.
1) Bill Hybels is a Wealth of Leadership Wisdom and Insight – I’ve only heard Hybels speak one other time (at last year’s Summit), and both times, I’ve found his leadership insights practical, insightful, and spirit-filled. There’s definitely some practical takeaways from this year’s presentation of “here to there” that gave me some action steps while leading at New Life Fellowship.
I appreciate how Hybels emphasizes an inner life with God, as well. He’s unabashedly a God-seeker.
2) Humility, Curiosity, Perseverance & the Right People are Keys to Success – Jim Collins said so much good stuff – mostly recapitulated from his books – but still extremely helpful to hear live.
It’s interesting how each of the values of humility, question-asking, perseverance, and proper stewardship are all Christian virtues that are championed in Scripture.
Obviously, I’ve been listening to all these speakers with New Life in mind, and with organizational gurus like Collins, they provide a neat framework for me to re-view how we’re functioning as a church.
Btw, Collins is such a quirky but intense, funny yet serious… geek. Hilarious. I loved it.
3) Christine Caine tore it up – She was so inspiring, so passionate, so convincing… I was willing to jump through a wall after hearing her story of hope, and how we shouldn’t lose hope either.
We were doin’ church up in CT.
4) Every Guy (& Girl?) Wanted to be Mentored by Tony Dungy and to Mentor Others after his Interview – Wow. Tony Dungy made such a tremendous case for how impactful mentors can be, and he also presented how beneficial it is to be a leader and coach with integrity. Man, I think every guy wishes we had a mentor like him… I’m thankful that I’ve had great mentors myself!
5) Adam Hamilton’s Talk was Sobering – I was pretty surprised that Adam Hamilton was covering such an intense topic (When Leaders Fall, with a special emphasis on sexual temptations), but I believe he handled the topic with great care and sensitivity. Again, something about the context felt strange and amiss for me (I’m still trying to figure out why), but I think it’s certainly a much needed area of instruction, particularly for leaders under pressure.
I loved his humility and graciousness – and I think it’s true that none of us are above needing to hear topics like this.
6) I’m Curious what Americans thought of Dr. Peter Zhao Xiao‘s Talk – Personally, I found it incredibly encouraging.
I’m curious how others reacted because again, contextually it was so new – a foreign tongued leader speaking on the topic of the rise of another country…
For some reason, I don’t think this is a topic of interest to most American Christians because it is “foreign”… I know, that’s a really cynical view on my end, but that’s my assumption.
Big ups to Willow for inviting such a prominent person to share in another language, and big ups to all the Christians in China leading in extraordinary ways!
7) I can’t get enough of Andy Stanley – He spoke on the same topic at Drive, but I didn’t mind. I wanted everyone on our team to hear this talk, but I was bummed it was so late in the day. His talk on tension is brilliant.
In the few months I’ve been listening to Andy Stanley on topics of preaching and leadership, I’ve been learning so, so much, and I want to become a better leader/preacher after every time I hear him.
All in all, it was really cool to hear Doug W. say after the conference, “I learned so much and it’s encouraging to see that Christians and Pastors are some of the most insightful leaders!”
Yes, very cool.