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!

Join the coversation on Twitter with the Hashtag #AllAccess2013

Craig Groeschel at the Global Leadership Summit

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Craig Groeschel is the Senior Pastor at LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma City.  He is an incredible leader and visionary that I have followed for many years and always look forward to hearing him speak.  Here are my notes from his session at this year's Global Leadership Summit:

Bridging the Generation Gap Older Generation- don't resent, fear, judge the next generation, believe in them God values maturity... if you're not dead, you're not done Invest your maturity in those who come behind you You do not just delegate tasks to the next generation, because that creates followers Delegate authority because that creates leaders Embrace the season that you are in, be yourself Know that for the younger generation authenticity trumps cool Psalm 71:18 For those in the Younger Generation- you need those in the older generation more than you know 1 word that describes 20 somethings in workplace- Entitled Because you feel entitled you overestimate what you can do in the short run, but underestimate what you can do in a lifetime of faithfulness Mark 6:4-6 Somehow because of the lack of honor and faith it limited what Jesus could do Honor values others, dishonor devalues them. Respect is earned, but honor is given. For the generations to work together, it must be intentional.  It does not happen by accident. How? 1)    create ongoing feedback loops (ex. reviews message with younger and older) 2)    create specific mentoring moments- don't try to copy what they do, learn how they think 3)    create opportunities for significant leadership development

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


Bill Hybels


Jim Collins


Condoleeza Rice



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

Willow Creek's Global Leadership Summit

This past week I was able to attend the first day of Willow Creek's Global Leadership Summit.  My friend Mike Sharrow gave me a free ticket three years ago and I have been hooked every since.

I used to be a Conference junkie and still love them, but I'm not able to attend as many as I used to.  This is one Conference that I do attend annually and will continue to for years to come.  Here are some of the keys that I love about the Conference:

1) I'm able to network with local leaders in my community with it being a simulcast site in San Antonio that I attend.

2) It's the lowest priced Conference that I go to each year being a simulcast and not having the travel costs of other conferences.

3) The speaker lineup is second to none with ministry, business, and political leaders from all over the world.

Over the next few days I will share some of the notes I took during the Conference from the sessions with Bill Hybels, Craig Groeschel, Condoleezza Rice, and Jim Collins.

Did you attend the WCA Global Leadership Summit?  If so, who were your favorite speakers?

What are your favorite Conferences to attend each year and why?


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

Bill Hybels

Jim Collins

Condoleeza Rice

Craig Groeschel