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Musings from the Catalyst Conference – Pt. 6

Right now we are listening to some statistics on churches and church leaders from Ed Stetzer and Reggie Joyner.  Pretty interesting.

I have to confess that one of the highlights of the conference was hearing from Dr. Chuck Swindoll.  He received from the conference a lifetime achievement award.  He is very deserving.  He has profoundly impacted people for over 50 years.  He shared with us the leadership lessons that he has learned over the last 50 years.  Here are his 10 lessons in leadership:

  1. It’s lonely to lead
  2. It’s dangerous to succeed  quickly (especially when you are young)
  3. It’s hardest at home
  4. It’s essential to be real
  5. It’s painful to obey
  6. Brokenness and failure are necessary
  7. My attitude is more important than my actions
  8. Integrity eclipses image
  9. God’s way is better than my way
  10. Christ-likeness begins and ends with humility

And here are 5 statements that he gave to remember over the next 50 years of our ministries:

  • Whatever you do…do more with others and less alone
  • Whenever you do ministry emphasize quality over quantity
  • Whenever you do ministry do it the same as if you were among those who know you best
  • Whoever may respond keep a level head
  • However long you lead, keep on dripping gratitude and grace

Final thought from Swindoll, “Whenever God wants to do an impossible task he takes an impossible person and crushes him.”

Awesome message!  Now looking forward to hearing from Louie Giglio.


One comment on “Musings from the Catalyst Conference – Pt. 6

  1. I think it takes #6 to do all of the others…AND Swindoll’s quote!!! Sounds like I’m a masechists….but it’s all worth it for experiencing God and transformation.

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