One of my commitments is to be constantly learning and growing as a leader. My goal is to be the best leader for Mountaintop that I can be. I certainly don’t have it all figured out and so I am always reading and look for opportunities to learn from others.
Last Monday I had a chance to do that at a Catalyst One Day Leadership Conference at North Point Community Church, in Atlanta. Andy Stanley (North Point) and Craig Groeschel (LifeChurch.tv) spoke on six leadership topics:
Prioritizing the value of family in ministry
Effectively managing your time
Improving communication with your staff
Creating a culture of accountability
Building high performance teams
Utilizing a compelling approach in communicating with the unchurched
It was a packed day and one that filled my head and my journal with lessons that I am still unpacking. Throughout the day I furiously write in the my journal and share some of the highlights by Twitter. Here are my Tweets from the 2014 Catalyst One Day:
Decide once and for all whose responsibility it is to build the local church (Hint: It’s not you). (if you miss the hint the answer is Jesus)
The goal for a family is that when they don’t HAVE to be together they will WANT to be together.
Protect your marriage on your calendar not just in your heart.
To reach people no one is reaching you have to do something no one is doing.
Whenever you say yes to anything there is less of you for something else. Make sure your “yes” is worth the less.
Create artificial deadlines for increased effectiveness.
Delegate tasks to build followers. Delegate responsibility to build leaders.
To be successful it has to be less about you and more about the people you empower.
Never blame by saying “our people won’t” instead take responsibility and say “we have not led them to”
Don’t criticize what doesn’t work – point to something better.
Employees spend money. Owners invest money. Employees care about themselves. Owners care about the organization.
General ideas will not lead people to specific actions.
Everyone in the church should know what the next message series is and why they should bring someone.
In communication authenticity trumps cool and truth trumps all.
People would rather follow a leader who is always real than one who is always right.
Light yourself on fire and people will come from miles to watch you burn – John Wesley
Pastors are shepherds not kings (which is why I prefer “Doug” over “Pastor Doug”)
The cost of a thing is the amount of life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately, or in the long run – Thoreau (that actually wasn’t shared at Catalyst but showed up on my twitter feed from the brilliant Christina Dudley - @CNDudley)
It’s easier to educate a doer that it is to activate a thinker. Rent thinkers. Hire doers! (my college roommate Jim Chapa immediately responded that he was available for rent).
…if you judge a fish by its ability to climb trees, it will live its whole life believing that its stupid – A. Einstein
No one stumbles into holiness. No one trips and falls into righteousness.
There is nothing about sin that is ever worth it.
To create a culture of accountability 1) quit guarding the pastor mystique and model transparency and confession
To create a culture of accountability 2) Create a climate where it’s safe to confess early – Proverbs 28: 13
To create a culture of accountability 3) live and lead with the highest standards
We are learning and sharing a better way to live because we believe that life is better with Jesus and Jesus makes us better at life.
Our goal isn’t to be right – our goal is to convince people that life is better with Jesus and Jesus makes us better at life.
Your greatest contribution might not be something you do but someone you raise.
I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some – 1 Corinthians 9: 22
It's okay to be winsome to win some….ouch!
The foundation of our faith is better than a book – it’s an event!
Wings with @CJUnderwood34 @ Taco Mac is the perfect way to end a day at Catalyst (it really was - they have awesome queso!)