Thursday, June 28, 2007

Buzz Conference - Craig Groeschel - Session 3

Craig Groeschel, pastor of talked about innovative leadership.
  • One definition of Innovation is the process of making improvement by doing something new.
  • We often say that we could be innovative if we had more resources but we have everything we need to reach the people God as called us to reach.
  • When you don't have others' resources, you innovate.
  • Limited resources + increasing passion = exponential innovation
  • If we had to raise $100,000 by Friday for some project most of us could not do it. If we needed $100,000 by Friday or one of our children would die, most of us could find the money. The problem is not a lack of resources but a lack of motivation.
  • Let Limited resources and increasing passion drive you to exponential innovation.
  • Innovation requires the eyes to see.

4 Qualities of Innovative Leadership:
1. Heal the sick - Not only physically. Matt 9 - it is not the healthy who need a doctor.
  • In order to reach those that no one else is reaching we have to do things that no one else is doing. When you have the attitude of the 4 Friends, you will find a way.
  • Dave Ferguson said that if we are going to reach the world we are going to have to sit in the smoking section.
  • We have to lead our ministries to love those who don't know Christ. They won't do if we are not.
  • We need to seek the lost to the point that "the lost" has a name.
  • Who is God calling you to reach that no one around you is reaching?
2. Break rules - Don't break away from the truth of scripture, but the rules that man makes.
  • He tells a story of leading a drunk guy to Christ by going to a bar and without using the 4 spiritual laws approach.
  • If life was a Nascar race, innovative leaders would turn right.
  • Bill Hybles turned right by combining the passion of the para-church and the power of the local church.
  • Today's contemporary is tomorrow's tradition.
  • broke rules by:
    • giving away their media stuff where others can use it to grow the kingdom.
    • Built an internet church campus
    • Built second life church campus
    • Built for people to have online confessions
    • They combined with other churches
    • They created a web2.0 version of the Bible.
    • Don't let someone saying "it can't be done" stop you from doing what God is calling you to do.
    • What is God calling you to do that hasn't been done?
3. Offend Pharisees -
  • When you do something new the Pharisees will come and attack you.
  • The things that are closest to the heart of God will offend pharisees.
  • Things that are accepted today were despised not that many years ago.
  • If you are not being called a cult every now and then, you are not doing something right.
  • Be worried if you are not being criticized by pharisees
  • Take criticism gracefully.
  • Some of the young leaders with the greatest potential need to get past their anger.
  • What new thing that is hated today and will be accepted tomorrow do you need to do?
4. Redefine success -
  • John the Baptist said He must increase but I must decrease.
  • Stop trying so hard trying to build attendance and start trying to build "The Church"
  • We are successful when we do the things that nobody else sees.
  • Do my children know Jesus?
  • Does my wife get my best?
  • Do I have time with God every morning and every night?
  • He told about an illustration from the movie the "Guardian" where revered instructor was asked what his number of saves was and he said he only counted those he lost.


Jason Curlee said...

Thanks for posting from Buzz...

Ken Witcher said...

I love blogging notes at conferences. It's cool that others find them useful, but I really do it so I can go back a process all that I have taken in. Posting right away forces me to go through my notes and straighten them out before I forget what the speakers were talking about.

anne jackson said...

Great stuff...thanks for posting this.

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