34 quotes from Day 2 of the 2017 Global Leadership Summit

Here are a few quotes from Day 2 of the 2017 Global Leadership Summit. 

Laszlo Bock

Senior Advisor, Google

  • Treat your employees great and they will do great things. 
  • Give your work meaning. 
  • Remind and reconnect people with your mission. 
  • People remember the duty and forget the joy. 
  • Leader: If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re doing it wrong! 

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35 quotes from Day 1 of the 2017 Global Leadership Summit

Here are a few quotes from Day 1 of the 2017 Global Leadership Summit. 

Bill Hybels
Communicator, author, and pastor 
Sr. Pastor of Willow Creek,
Convener of The Global Leadership Summit

  • With enough humility you can learn from anyone. 
  • Who called you out as a leader early on? Identify them. Then write them a note thanking them for seeing your leadership potential.  
  • We must plant leadership seeds. 

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I recently finished Simplify: Ten Practices To Unclutter Your Soul by Bill Hybels. It’s a pretty easy read with lots of very practical information.
Each chapter ends with a section devoted to action steps. Hybels asks questions for you to consider and gives you steps of how you can apply the chapter in your own life. 

This book will be one that I refer back to a lot in the future — whether it is personally working through areas of growth that I identified or recommending it to friends and family.  

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14 Sermons in a few ‘nuggets’

This past week, I attended the annual Coastal Evangelism Conference at Langston Baptist Church in Conway, SC. Here a few nuggets of wisdom that I picked up from the 14 messages that I heard over the 2.5 days I was there. 

Dr. Roc Collins
Text: Acts 2:37-40

What makes an effective witness? 
A convicting message, a concise answer and continual invitation. 

It’s OK to say, “I don’t know.” 

Jesus: “I go, so that you might be empowered.”

Instead of asking people, “Where do you go to church?” Ask them, “Do you have a relationship with Jesus?” 

You cannot witness that which you do not know. 

We don’t need more information, but more anointing of believers. 

Dr. Johnny Hunt

“They’re listening!” 
People around you, they need truth and they want something that can change their life. 

A Baptist pew can be a very comfortable place to go to hell from. 

God help me to feel before I sin how I’d feel after I sin.

A thought I (Chris) had during the message, which included Paul’s time in prison: 
Paul in his jail time, do you think he had conversations with people unlike him? Far from God? Do you think those conversations and chains changed his perspective? 

“This book (The Bible) has outlived all its critics.” -Dr. Roc Collins

“Your sign out front will be a tombstone of what used to be.” -Dr. Roc Collins, on the state of the church if its members don’t continue to seek God and stop looking to the past. The one word that Baptist hate the most: change. Change must take place. 

Dr. Phil Hoskins
Learning to wait on the Lord
Text: Isaiah 40:31

We have been programmed to be impatient. 

When must you wait upon the Lord? 
(1) When circumstances are uncontrollable.
Wait. Things you did not cause. Things you cannot change. Wait.
(2) When people are unchangeable. 

Not everybody comes to church for the right reason. 

“When we cannot trace His hand, we can always trust His plan.” 

Dr. Joe Brown

If you love Jesus, when was the last time you told him? 

You can’t love somebody you don’t know. 

Dr. Bob Pitman
Text: Luke 6:17-19

Jesus came down. 
Jesus came down to be heard. 
Jesus came down to be touched. 

The mountaintop is a great place to fellowship, pray and worship Jesus, but the Christian life is lived in the valley. 

Thank God for unnamed people who tell people about Jesus. 

Desperate people always have the attention of God. 

Dr. Jeff LaBorg
Text: John 6:1-11

He will take us to desolate places … hopeless unless God shows up. 

He’ll put us in desolation to give us a revelation. 

The church is not a democracy. 
Every time they voted in the Word of God they voted against God. 

We are in the distribution business. 

Expand Week 1: Top Posts I Read & Listened To The Week of July 31

In order to grow we have to keep learning. Therefore, I set five goals in 2017, two of them were to read daily and invest in self and others

I am currently working on a few projects and was challenged to listen to a few podcasts — a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for download over the Internet. I have been listening and trying to read more lately thanks to my friend who challenged me.

This post, which I hope to continue each week or every other, combines the top things that I have read and listened to this past week. They have either encouraged me, help me to grow or forced me to think and ponder their implications. They have made me use parts of my brain and heart that sometimes don’t get stretched because of the busyness of life. Especially the listening part.

I hope these help you, encourage you or make you think as well.

*Also a ‘tip of the hat’ to Brian Dodd who gave me the idea. Brian shares a weekly email about great article that he reads throughout the week. Check him at Brian Dodd On Leadership.

Top posts this past week …

  1. Tips for Emotionally Intelligent Emailing by Dr. Travis Bradberry
  2. Try something new… by Dr. Clay Smith
  3. Why our screens make us less happy by Adam Alter. I’ve included a transcript I found of the most impactful portion of his talk at the very bottom of this page. 
  4. AOL: Steve Case | How I Built This on NPR (link below)
  5. ​StoryCorps 508: No Barrier For The Love (link below)

NPR Podcasts …

 AOL: Steve Case | How I Built This
​When Steve Case started out in the tech business in the mid-80s, the idea of the internet — as we think of it today — didn’t exist. But with AOL, Case saw an opportunity to connect millions of people, through chat rooms, news updates, and the iconic greeting, “You’ve Got Mail.”
​StoryCorps 508: No Barrier For The Love
Immigrants are one of the most talked about groups of people in the country. In this episode, we let them do the talking.

Why our screens make us less happy by Adam Alter
One of the reasons we spend so much time on these apps that make us unhappy is they rob us of stopping cues. Stopping cues were everywhere in the 20th century. They were baked into everything we did. A stopping cue is basically a signal that it’s time to move on, to do something new, to do something different. And — think about newspapers; eventually you get to the end, you fold the newspaper away, you put it aside. The same with magazines, books — you get to the end of a chapter, prompts you to consider whether you want to continue. You watched a show on TV, eventually the show would end, and then you’d have a week until the next one came. There were stopping cues everywhere. But the way we consume media today is such that there are no stopping cues. The news feed just rolls on, and everything’s bottomless: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, email, text messaging, the news. And when you do check all sorts of other sources, you can just keep going on and on and on.

5 things your pastor needs from YOU!

Pastors are expected to do a lot, but there are some things you should be doing as well. 

Here are 5 things that your pastor needs from YOU!  

If you aren’t already, please make sure that you are praying for your pastor on a regular basis. The work of the Lord can never be done on man’s strength and ability alone. We must be seeking heaven (Matthew 6:33) and asking God to work in our churches, but also in the lives of our pastors. 

Billy Sunday, an influential American evangelist of the early 20th century, once said, “If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power.” If you want to see God’s power working in your church then pray for your pastor as he leads you. I believe this statement with all my heart, “When we pray specifically, God answers specifically.” Pray specifically. Pray often. Include your pastor and his family in your prayers. 


Not sure that your pastor has truly gotten direction from the Lord? Repeat step one: pray. As you continue to pray, have patience. God answers prayer in His timing not ours. Plus, what do you have to lose by asking God to show you if your pastor is heading in the right direction? Or to show you where you might be wrong? 

When in doubt, pray. When unsure, have patience. God can work in your waiting.  

Your pastor regularly prays, studies and seeks God’s wisdom and clarity for the direction that He would have for your church to go. There is nothing like your pastor leading the charge in the direction God has given him and then for him to turn around and see little to no people following. 

Also, you do realize that each of us are all called to some form of ministry as well, right? God’s work is not just to be done by paid staff, but by each and every believer. Robby Gallaty in his book, Growing Up: Making Disciples Who Make Disciples, said, “The gospel came to you because it was heading to someone else. God never intended for your salvation to be an end, but a beginning. God saved you to be a conduit through whom His glorious, life-changing gospel would flow to others.” You my friend are a conduit. It doesn’t say your pastor, but you. Don’t know what to share? Share your story. 

God desires for you to be His hands and feet. That requires your participation.

I was hesitant to use this particular word, but I think it fits. When I was working on this article, my wife’s suggestion was positivity. So, the gist is this: When was the last time that you encouraged your pastor? Told him he was doing a good job? That you appreciate the sacrifices that he makes each week? 

Most pastors only hear complaints from their people and sometimes it is over the silliest of things. Don’t be one of “those” people. Find a way to genuinely thank your pastor for all that he does.  

This is sorely lacking in the world today, not just in the church. We live in a drive-thru, instant have it your way society. If the preacher doesn’t say or do what we want him to do, then we will just get a new one. Wrong. If he is preaching and teaching false doctrine, well then of course you would remove the pastor, but most of the time that is not the case. Issue? Lack of persistence. 

Did you know that it generally takes a pastor 5-7 years before he can build the relationships and respect needed to truly make changes in a church. Also, the average tenure of a pastor is between 3-4 years, many less than 3, which is sad. However, there are exceptions in each city, some pastors stay in a ministry for 20 plus years. If they do, why? It was because they were persistent, but also because their congregation was patient, they participated, they praised him for leading them and thus God’s power and presence was felt in the church and the lives of its people. 

Where do we go from here? 
In closing, ask yourself this: Have I been praying for my pastor enough? Have I been patient with him? Have I participated alongside him in the work of the Lord? Have I praised and thanked him for the sacrifices that he and his family make? Have I been persistent in my attendance, giving and support of the man God has called to lead our church?

What else can you offer your pastor? 
What are other things your pastor needs from you? What have you given your pastor that is not listed above? 

A man for whom Christ died …
… who seeks to be a Barnabas (encourager) to those God places in his path.