leadership summit 2008


i am left surprisingly speechless after this year's leadership summit. every year is good. every year i walk away wanting and better equipped to be a better leader. but this year was different somehow.

it lacked, for me, a superstar. in the past there have been the one speaker/topic that stood out and turned my world on its ear. this year, though, there was no one, but rather, the faculty as a whole. each session built on the one before, creating a beautiful, challenging, messy whole.

some things that stand out right now:
"if you want your leadership to matter, lead in the things that matter to God." {gary haugen}

"Jesus didn't come to make us safe, he came to make us brave." {gary haugen}

'in a world of such suffering and need, why have i been given so much?" {gary haugen}

"are we leading people to see others first through the eyes of grace?" {john burke}

"if you cannot love across the lines of race/culture/class, you cannot love." {efrem smith}

"we have transformed our allegiance from truth to therapy."
{chuck colson}

"show up for the day. get your instructions. go in obedience." {catherine rohr}

"if i were God for a day, would i pick me to do my work?"
{bill hybels}

and finally, the franciscan blessing that craig groreschel closed his session with:

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain in to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.


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