Kent Shaffer posted his notes from Catalyst on the blog, Church Relevance, and I had to copy some of them here! Specifically, the lessons below from Chuck Swindoll (a long-time leader in spiritual growth). These lessons inspire me to be more open as a leader in ministry and as a follower of Christ. Click on the link for the full notes.
- It’s lonely to lead.
Leadership involves tough decisions. The tougher the decisions, the lonelier it is.
- It’s dangerous to succeed.
It is dangerous to succeed while being young. rarely, does God give leadership that young because it takes crushing and failure first.
- It’s hardest at home.
Nobody at home is applauding you. They say, “Dad! You’re fly is open.”
- It is essential to be real.
If there is one realm where phoniness is personified it is leadership. What I care about is that you stay real.
- It is painful to obey.
There are rewards, yes, but it is painful nevertheless.
- Brokenness and failure are necessary.
- My attitude is more important than my actions.
Some of you are getting hard to be around. And your attitude covers all those great actions you pull off.
- Integrity eclipses image.
What you are doing is not a show. And the best things you are doing is not up front but what you do behind the scenes.
- God’s way is better than my way.
God is going to have His way.
- Christ-likeness begins and ends with humility.
Good stuff, huh?