Bill Hybels

Bill Hybels at All Access Conference

Probably the speaker I was looking forward to the most at the All Access Conference was Bill Hybels.  I have been following Bill Hybels and Willowcreek for more than a dozen years and his leadership principles have probably shaped my ministry leadership style more than anyone else.  His message at the conference were timely for me and probably many others.  Here are my notes: The future of the local church rests in the hands of its leaders.

Unless the church is well-led and well-fed it won’t reach it’s redemptive potential.

Leaders move people from current state to preferred future.

We must build a case for why we can’t stay “here’ so that we must go “there” (preferred future)

Celebrate as much as you can… create a culture of celebrating.

Almost every leader underestimates the power of casting vision.

Find fantastic people to join your team with these qualities:

-       Character

-       Competence

-       Chemistry

-       Culture

-       Calling

Culture at Willowcreek: Incessant Tinkerers

Leading App Session at the 2013 All Access Conference

I can't be more excited to share with you that I have been invited to lead an App Session at this year's All Access Conference at Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida April 15-18, 2013.  Hosted by ARC (Association of Related Churches), All Access is one of the most affordable and exciting conferences in the country with a dynamic lineup of communicators!  Take a look at some of the featured speakers:

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Here's a Description of the App Session I will be leading:

Social Media for Ministry

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Here's a video highlighting this exciting event:

All Access 2013 Teaser from ARC on Vimeo.

I hope to see you there!

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Condoleeza Rice at the Global Leadership Summit

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Condoleezza Rice is best known as the former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.  Honestly, when I heard that Rice would be speaking at the Summit I was not looking forward to her message/interview.  I assumed it would be overly political, but I couldn't be more wrong.  I learned so much about her leadership and faith.  There were also many takeaways that I think you will find as well in my notes from this session: No one wants to live in tyranny Freedom is not the same thing as Democracy Freedom does not just come with rights, but also responsibilities The strong cannot exploit the weak Democracy is only as strong as its weakest link Every life is worthy If every life is worth then every life is capable of greatness.  It is then our responsibility to give each person the opportunity for greatness. As children of God how can it be that anyone is more worthy than anyone else? Is it really true that it doesn't matter where you came from, it matters where you're going? How do you lead from the troubling times in which we live and in times that are more prosperous? The opportunity to lead carries many responsibilities. Recognize that leadership is also helping people to see their own leadership opportunities and potential. The most important characteristic of a leader is optimism. No one will follow a pessimist. How do you remain optimistic in difficult times? Keep perspective about how hard your circumstances really are. Romans 5- Hope does not disappoint It is a privilege to struggle and out of struggle can come victory. Somehow things that seemed impossible become inevitable.

These things were not inevitable, but the work of those who sacrificed everything for a principle. "They were people who never accepted the world as it is and always worked towards what the world should be."



Here are links to my Notes from the other speakers at the 2012 Summit:


Bill Hybels


Jim Collins


Craig Groeschel

Bill Hybels at the Global Leadership Summit

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The highlight for me every year at Willow Creek Association's Global Leadership Summit is always Bill Hybel's opening message.  His transparent leadership and passion for the Church is truly inspiring and has shaped so much of the leader that I am striving to become.

This year was no different as he talked about innovating in the future as well as transparency about the future succession plan at Willow Creek Community Church.  Here are some of the notes I took from Hybels opening message at the Summit:


Everyone wins when a leader gets better If you want to see more trees, plant more seeds We need to sow a lot more seed! News seeds being planted at Willow:   "Getting started at Willow"- 1st timers class      Micro communities within worship services based on sections Stop sowing the same kind of seed Always stay experimental! Become an incessant tinkerer Trees are worth it! Transformed lives and eternities are worth it You are the most difficult person that you will ever lead Your most valuable asset is your energy and your ability to energize those around you You cant Sprint for 6 months, but you can for 6 weeks    - Create a list of the 6 most important things you want to focus on over the next 6 weeks Put energy bursts each day about overcoming these challenges What new initiatives will you move ahead in the next 6 weeks? God didn't make you a leader to respond to stuff all day, but to move stuff ahead!

Succession Planning Planning Phase- whose job is it to chose the successor?  what is the time frame? how will the pastor be honored? will that pastor still have a role? Internal Phase- find an internal successor External Phase- if an internal candidate does not work then look for an external Succession- 18 months succession transition Board members need to understand how emotionally connected Senior Pastors are to their church Set up our churches so that they are stronger after we leave them than they ever were when we were leading them. Leaving Willow debt free with cash reserves so that the next leader can soar with no limitations. Soaking in every moment that he gets to lead- What a privilege it is to be a leader Have you thanked God recently for the privilege to lead?



Here are links to my Notes from the other speakers at the 2012 Summit:


Jim Collins


Condoleeza Rice


Craig Groeschel