I’m at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit this week (Forest City Community Church here in London is one of the satellite locations), and I thought it’d be fun to share some nuggets from the summit with y’all. I don’t know if I’ll be writing about every session, but I will start with the first, featuring Bill Hybels.
Hybels is actually quite an engaging speaker. Very passionate and obviously loves the church. Say what you will about the whole seeker sensitive, smoke machine, laser light show scene he’s associated with, but he really cares about the health of the church and people meeting Jesus.
His talk centered around leading in the new reality—how do we navigate the waters of ministry after being slammed by the “rogue wave” of the recession. Great encouragement from Hybels: The recession gives the church the opportunity to truly be the church to each other and the community, what he calls “the Acts 2 dream.”
“There is nothing like the church when the church is working right. Nothing like it in the world!” exclaims Hybels (to which I say a hearty “Amen!”).
What I think Hybels brought to the table was something extremely important for leaders to be considering in engaging the new reality: Is my organization up to the task? And am I? [Read more...]