Do you ever get really excited about something but the people around you don’t seem to share your passion? Attendees at The Global Leadership Summit understand your frustration.
Years ago, Lynne Hybels traveled to Africa when the AIDS pandemic hit. The megachurch pastor’s wife called him and said, “Bill, if you don’t come and see this, I will introduce you to a couch you will be sleeping on for a long, long time. You must see this. You have to get your head around this.”
So Bill Hybels went.
“I saw it, smelt it, felt it, got my heart wrecked over it,” says Bill, founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, a multi-site church with more than 24,000 attenders in suburban Chicago.
In this trip, Bill and his wife had what he calls a “second conversion” experience. Such experiences affect our lives and the way we lead those around us — whether in business, in our church, or in our home.
In August, World Vision is a partner for The Global Leadership Summit, a nationwide event uniting like-minded believers. There, Bill and others will discuss topics like significance, meaning, and calling, no matter where God has you.
Until then, here are three leadership insights Bill Hybels shared at a previous summit to help you influence others within your sphere:
“My view of Scripture and church history is that in leaders, between their conversion point and their go-to-heaven point, there is a series of second conversions that fire you up — life-altering, heart-shattering movements of the Holy Spirit, where you say, ‘… I never knew this issue was so important.’ From that point on, you’re never the same. That issue becomes core to you. You talk about it with passion. People can feel it when they’re around you. They say, ‘Wow, look at the energy! Look at that sincerity! She’s seen it! He’s felt it!’”
“One of the most important things in the life of a leader is to live so submitted to the Holy Spirit that on a fairly regular basis, you get your heart wrecked over something that then you bring with passion and sincerity to [your realm of influence]. The nature of leadership is moving people from here to there. Leadership is about movement. It’s not about protecting your position. It’s not about presiding over something and keeping it safe. Leadership is about energizing a vision, energizing a cause, and getting people to move from here to there.”
“What pastors are tempted to do is say, ‘We know where we need to move our congregations. This is an unthinkable crisis, so I’m going to take an offering.’ Don’t start with the ‘there.’ You’re already ‘there.’ Just saying, ‘We’re going there,’ may cause many people to say, ‘I’m not going with you.’ You have to build a case like a lawyer would about why it’s unthinkable, unconscionable to stay where they are. Do it in bite-size chunks.
“If you’re not careful, you’ll say to your people, ‘Every year or two, we’re going to load another issue on your shoulders.’ Here’s a more biblical construct: When you first become a Christian, God gives you a new heart. It’s a tiny heart, but it’s new. The longer you stay open to the Holy Spirit, the more he increases your capacity to love, so it doesn’t feel like a burden — it’s an opportunity for God to expand our hearts.”
Want more about the intersection of leadership and faith? World Vision has partnered with The Willow Creek Association for The Global Leadership Summit, an event that brings fresh, actionable, and inspiring leadership tips at a location convenient to you. It’s designed for anyone who wants to sharpen themselves and lead their life well — everyone from a Fortune 500 CEO to a stay-at-home parent. Learn more, and register today.
Nearly 10,000 refugee children have crossed from South Sudan into Uganda without their parents.
This World Refugee Day, June 20, meet Moses, one of these unaccompanied children who now must wear the shoes of a father for his sisters. Learn how this responsibility weighs on him now and how World Vision is helping to look after them.
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This past Father’s Day weekend, I was fortunate to spend the evening with my dad and watch my kids with their own father.
We’re a lucky bunch in my family. My sister and I grew up with a dad who challenged us and cheered us, told us we were smart and expected us to act like it, and continues to nurture a relationship with each of us. My kids have a dad who, from day one, considered each of them the most beautiful and brilliant thing in the world — and reminds them every day how loved they are.
Good dads aren’t necessarily a rarity, but they’re not a forgone conclusion either. Those who have them are fortunate.
Last month, I got to talk with 16-year-old Moses about his dad. Moses lived in southern South Sudan with his parents and two sisters, 14-year-old Medina and 10-year-old Victoria. He liked school and excelled in science. He liked hearing his dad’s stories and watching movies with him.
But a few months ago, the violence of his young country’s now three-year civil war found his community. “The conflict found me … when I was in school,” he remembers. “People started running from the school, but the school manager collected us together in a room and kept us there away from the crossfire so we would not be injured by the bullets. As soon as the bullets stopped, they released us. On my way, I found my father was coming to get me from the school.”
Together that evening, his parents made a decision: They would walk from their home and find safety in the refugee settlements across the border in Uganda, at least until the violence calmed. His father had done that during the 22-year civil war in Sudan before South Sudan gained independence in 2011. He was confident that this was the best way to keep his family safe.
They started their journey early the next morning.