First of all, my apologies for taking so long to write – I have no other excuse than my complete and utter lack of time to do much of anything these days. I am the living, breathing, epitome of “chicken with their head cut off” lately. So, I hope to make it up to you by posting every day as I reflect on each speaker from the “Global Leadership Summit” I attended last week. <note that I won’t reflect on ALL speakers . . . only the ones that impacted me specifically>
The Global Leadership Summit is put on each year by Willow Creek Church in the Chicago area – a church that has grown leaps and bounds since its inception and has revolutionized, in many ways, what a “local church” can and should be doing. Bill Hybels, their lead pastor, has written many books and is renown for his leadership and ministry wisdom. He was our first speaker and I really appreciated what he opened with. He jumped right in talking about how to deal with difficult people in your organization as well as where we rate ourselves on a scale of “challenge.” Are we overchallenged, appropriately challenged, or not challenged enough. And where do our volunteers and staff rate on that scale?
Sadly, I found myself on the upper end of “over” challenged and began seriously looking at how to change that. I listened intently as he poured over tools and ideas for how to pull yourself down into the “appropriately” challenged to just above that, which is the “ideal” stress level for most people to be most effective. But what I really appreciated about him was his call to us to be open to what God was doing in us – to be open to having our leadership “bell” rung at this summit. To allow what others say and offer to affect us positively and make us sit up and take notice of what God wants us to be doing. To have our “bell rung” means to be willing to be humble, acknowledge that we can’t do this alone, and to let God work through us and not around us. To have our world rocked for the good of the Kingdom!
He was just the tip of the iceburg for me. I left there feeling so incredibly inspired and I hope after I share some of the “bell ringing” that took place that you, too, will be inspired to move forward for Christ! In the meantime, you can follow Bill Hybels on Twitter (twitter.com/billhybels) or you can subscribe to his e-news at www.billhybels.com. Willow Creek’s web address is www.willowcreek.com/