More condensed takeaways and supplemental resources from the conference at this web page.

Eric Geiger

Conviction, Culture, Constructs - Introduction

Leadership Code book - as much as 70% of leadership is transferrable from one leadership realm to another.

“The church is the only organization who exists for those who are not yet her members.” - quote from someone else

Five Domains of Leadership from Ulrich’s book

  1. Personal proficiency
  1. Character
  1. Strategist
  2. Executor
  3. Talent Manager
  4. Human Capital Developer

You have to be average at all of these. The higher you go in the organization, the more you have to excel at all of these.

The one of these that most leaders struggle with is Human Capital Developer.

If there is one thing that we as Christian leaders should excel at, it is Human Capital Developer.

There are three things that help us do this:

  1. Conviction
  2. Culture
  3. Constructs

Conviction

Joshua 1:1-2

1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.

There is a rhythm earlier in the text of Moses preparing Joshua.

Moses had a conviction to train Joshua.

If you can’t live without it in leadership, it’s a conviction. If you can function without it, it’s not a conviction.

If someone told a preaching pastor he could have a popular ministry but he couldn’t use the Bible, he would never make that trade. It’s a conviction he can’t even imagine changing.

“Many of us have learned how to function in ministry without developing other people.” Eric Geiger

Judges 2:8-10

8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110 years. 9 And they buried him within the boundaries of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash. 10 And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.

Joshua didn’t have the conviction that Moses had. There is no instance where Joshua is actively developing other people.

Told story from perspective of child of how Israelites got lambs, sacrificed, asked neighbors for gold, walked across sea on dry land, saw fish in the water, saw Egyptian army crushed, made a golden calf with the gold they got, God was rich in mercy and graciously provided for us even though we rebelled against him.

One generation later they didn’t know this.

Leadership development matters.

Culture

Exodus 18:20-21

20 and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. 21 Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.

Things that we don’t just hand off to others:

  1. Instruct
  2. Teach
  3. Select
  4. Place

We need both competence and character.

  1. Able men - Competence
  2. Fear God - Character
  3. Trustworthy - Character
  4. Hate bribes - Character

2 Timothy 2:2

And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

Leadership development isn’t finding the able and hoping they’ll be faithful, it’s finding the faithful and teaching them to be able.

Faithful doesn’t mean perfection of the heart.

The people you place in leadership roles impacts the culture.

Constructs

Exodus 18:21-23

21 Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. 22 And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. 23 If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.”

The people were standing in line waiting for ministry to be done by one person. Sadly, that is the way ministry often still works.

Some of us actually like it that way.

Story of sound guy who always takes care of every problem last minute. Sound guys built a system for himself around himself. It’s rigged so that he’s necessary. He needs to be needed.

There’s a temptation to build a system around ourselves and for ourselves where we are always necessary.

Leadership development is saying that I don’t need to be the hero.

Ephesians 4 says that our job profile is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.

You have one job. Your job isn’t to do, do do. Your job is to prepare other people for ministry.

Some pastors live for the shaking of the hand at the end of the service when somebody says “nobody prays for me the way you do.”

A lot of people in the church think that we pay people to do ministry.

That’s how it works in the secular world. But our kingdom is upside down from theirs.

Q&A with Eric Geiger

What’s in the other 30% of leadership?

Specifics to that role

How do we create culture?

  1. What you celebrate, stories “whatever is celebrated is cultivated.” - Plato
  2. Heros
  3. Systems
  1. Does culture drive to systems or do systems create culture? It’s both and.

5 Leadership Questions

What are effective ways to audit a church’s conviction, culture, and constructs?

How do you spread conviction?

How do you lead a church to value these principles?

What’s the difference between instructing and teaching in Exodus 18?


Will Mancini - The Pipeline of Jesus

Author of Church Unique

Pipeline vs platform

Jesus founded the church with a leadership pipeline.

The church is more about it’s plumbing than it’s platform.

Pipeline is radical because it’s unfamiliar but it’s core concepts.

Vision for Pipeline

How do you create the vision?

Define the problem: The church has practically abandoned the original pipeline of Jesus.

We’ve substituted it with something culturally attractive.

Instead of developing leaders we develop programs.

We are over programmed and under discipled.

The Bible teacher has a show but discipleship doesn’t flow.

Do you spend more on light and staging than small group training?

Can you name your next three sermon series but not your next leadership competency?

Do you have a church staff but not know everyone’s name?

“We are kept from our goal not by our obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.” - Unknown

We have gone to platforms and programs as a lesser goal with a clear path.

Adam’s note: “Choosing between what is right and what is easy.”

We teach people to come consistently and give regularly, to do ministry instead of develop leaders. It’s worked somewhat, but it’s not sustainable. The greatest trend right now is that our most committed people are coming to church less and less.

This is revealing the weakness of our platform paradigm.

How do we cast the pipeline vision?

Jesus often told people to keep quiet about what He had done because he didn’t want His platform to overrun His pipeline.

Jesus’ disciple-making movement was all about a pipeline, not a platform.

Pipeline Manifesto

Luke 6:12-13

12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles.

Jesus chose 12 leader disciples out of the many disciples.

Luke 8:1

Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him.

Jesus bringing leaders with.

Luke 9:1

And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases,

Jesus handing off work of the ministry.

Jesus is not a ball hog.

Luke 10:1

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.

Acts 1:15

In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said.

Acts 2:41

So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

The Leadership Pipeline in Scripture

  1. 1 Leader of the Movement
  2. 3 Leaders of Departments (Peter James and John)
  3. 12 Leader of Leaders (Luke 6:12-13, Luke 8:1, Luke 9:1)
  4. 72 and 120 Leaders of Others (Luke 10:1, Acts 1:15)
  5. 3000 New Believers (Acts 2:41)

When did the leadership pipeline start?

Luke 6:9-11

9 And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?” 10 And after looking around at them all he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored. 11 But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.

“This is when Jesus decides to pursue a leadership pipeline instead of a platform.”

Adam’s note: I’m not sure if that’s the best way to interpret that.

Mark 3:8-14

8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. 9 And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, 10 for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 And he strictly ordered them not to make him known.

The platform was too big. People serve people, platforms don’t serve people. Ultimately, people attract people more than platforms.

Platforms won’t reach the exponential growth curve of the population but our multiplication of leaders through the leadership pipeline can.

Matthew 9:35-38

35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Vision Frame

Auxano helps churches determine their vision and identity

Here’s a diagram you can use to keep the vision front and center.

The frame represents five irreducible questions of clarity. Therefore, the ability to answer five questions in a clear, concise, and compelling way is the litmus test of clarity for the ministries we serve. The chart below provides an overview of the questions including the use of missional language to build a bridge between clarity and missional theology.

Willow Creek’s Vision Frame Journey

Q&A with Will Mancini

Kevin Peck - Strategy

We are in desperate need of more leaders who are fully devoted to Christ.

Story about white water rafting and the different types of people on the raft. The vision is clear: get down the river with approximately the same number of people yous tarted with.

“If the mission of the church is the what, than the strategy of the church is the how.” - Unknown

If we don’t define the what, we’re in trouble.

If we don’t define the how, we’re in just as much trouble.

It’s like selling someone a car and continuing to try to sell them on it constantly without ever giving it to them and showing them how to use it.

The mission of the local church is clear: Make much of Jesus, make disciples, baptize them, train them and equip them for ministry and send them out until every tribe and language has representatives of Christ.

Leadership that doesn’t help the church understand the “how” of God’s mission, is not leadership that is leading well.

We need to clarify the what but also the how.

People get nervous about strategy in the church because they view it as a corporate construct. There is a big difference between strategy in a secular way and strategy in a God-honoring way.

Strategy is very powerful. It can be dangerous.

Like nuclear - powerful and dangerous. You can lay waste to a city or give power to that entire city.

Strategy can be dangerous but used correctly, it is powerful.

Mankind is supposed to plan and strategize. We have to plan and strategize to go get lunch.

Scriptures about strategizing:

Biblical strategy in leadership is us seeking God’s heart for how He desires us to steward His people, His resources, and His ministries that we oversee for His glory.

Three important principles about strategy

  1. Without a clear strategy we are going to lead ineffective chaos rather than coordinated outreach.
  1. You can have lots of talent and not get the job done. Sports teams demonstrate this all the time.
  2. In sports, the mission is to score more points than the other team. The goal is clear. But the problem is a lack of strategy. The how.
  1. Without a clear strategy we’re going to lead churches that squander resources.
  1. You’re going to run out of money before you run out of good ministry ideas.
  1. Without a clear strategy, we’re going to lead frustrated workers rather than powerfully commissioned leaders.
  1. We tend to tell leaders to go and change the world without teaching them strategies to do it.
  2. There need to be boundaries in how we’re going to go change the world and what we intentionally do and don’t do.
  3. When you don’t have a clear strategy, what you have are invisible walls. The walls need to be there, but we haven’t made them clear to our leaders. Leaders end up running into walls and thinking the walls are wrong. Leaders end up thinking that their leader is holding them back when really they just didn’t clarify the strategy, boundaries, walls.

Q&A with Kevin Peck

Resource: The Advantage by Patrick M. Lencioni

“Leadership development can’t be just another thing that you do. We have to embrace it as an essential part of our calling.” - Kevin Peck

Jenni Catron - Collaboration

Why collaboration?

  1. Leadership isn’t about me and it’s not for me.
  2. If leadership is all about people, it requires collaboration.

The more leadership presence we have, the more integrated we must become.

Collaboration is not just another tool in the toolbox. It’s a culture that you create and embody in your teams. Values of connectedness and working together.

We’ve all been led by isolated leaders where we were hoping for opportunities to really contribute to the team.

Ecclesiastes 4:9
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.

Psalm 133:1
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.

How do we create collaborative environments?

  1. Foundation 1: Humility

  1. Phil 2:3
    Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
  2. Moving from thinking “me” to “we”
  1. Foundation 2: Honor

  1. It’s not a checklist, it’s Christlikeness being formed in us

Three Keys to Collaboration

  1. Relational Connectivity

  1. Move from thinking tasks and widgets to thinking people
  2. Shift from thinking accomplishment to thinking people
  3. Engage people’s heart and let them see your heart
  1. Clear Communication

  1. “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” - John Maxwell
  2. Leadership rises and falls on communication.
  1. That moment when you find out some big decision that affects you from the weekly program instead of being told directly.
  1. Three questions to ask for clear communication:
  1. Who needs to know?
  2. What do they need to know?
  3. When do they need to know it?
  1. Asking these questions is an act of honor.
  1. High Accountability

  1. Must model a spirit of accountability
  2. Willingness to be open and honest

Thom Rainer - Leading Change

CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources

Pastors may be great theologians or leaders but struggle with leading change.

Environment of Change

Resistance to Change

  1. Deniers - our church is fine just the way it is
  2. Entitled - view their tithes as their country club dues
  3. Blamers - if we only had a new [pastor, children’s pastor, elder board, etc], things would be good
  4. Critics - everything about the church gets criticized
  5. Confused - don’t understand why we are changing or the rationale

Resolution for Change

Leaders went through three changes

  1. Awareness - wake up to the reality that we can’t continue the way we are doing things
  2. Belief - faith
  3. Crisis - When you lead change there will be some kind of crisis

Practical Steps for Change

  1. Stop and pray - Book: Evangelism in the Early Church
  2. Confront and communicate a sense of urgency
  1. Are we really reaching people with the gospel in our community? Or are we doing churchianity?
  1. Build an eager coalition
  1. Find those around you who are willing to charge the hill
  1. Become a voice for change and hope
  2. Deal with the people issue
  3. Begin to move from an inward focus to an outward focus
  4. Find low hanging fruit
  5. Start all over again

Q&A with Thom Rainer

What are some practical ways to deal with people opposed to change?

What are some key areas of the church that have the most contention right now?

Carey Nieuwhof - Leading Leaders

Founder and Teaching Pastor at Connexus Church

What kind of change are you called to lead?

You can have an incredible leadership pipeline but what are you developing leaders for?

You can build a leadership pipeline, but is your ladder leaning against the right wall?

Five keys to developing churches that have a lasting impact

  1. Drive engagement not attendance
  1. In the future, only the engaged will attend because only the engaged will remain.
  2. People are attending church less often
  3. Giving meaningfully, going out for coffee with people from church, attending small groups
  4. Turn your attention from attendance to engagement
  5. Attendance will take care of itself
  1. Create a healthy leadership culture
  1. Healthy leaders create healthy churches.
  2. If you are dysfunctional at the top you will be dysfunctional throughout.
  3. If you are healthy at the top you will be healthy throughout.
  1. Engage high capacity volunteers
  1. Get rid of a low commitment culture
  2. You have them in your church but we often aren’t good at calling them out
  3. High capacity people respond to high levels of challenge
  4. Create a high commitment culture. There is no better mission on the face of the earth than in the church.
  5. Most of the people coming to church are disengaged from their jobs. They want something more and you’ve got something more.
  6. Call out the best. Ask them to serve every week. Ask them to make a difference. Ask them to give sacrificially. Ask them to serve with their heart.
  1. Make the next generation a priority
  1. Your strategy not your intention determines your success
  2. Some people are rules people and some are grace people
  1. God has a sense of humor because He makes truth people fall in love with grace people.
  1. There’s not a single unchurched person lying awake at night wondering what I’m going to speak on next. They’re wondering if their kids are going to be OK.
  2. Most people are going to try to apply what we say in one of three places: work, home friendships.
  3. Have a strategy to intentionally impact the next generation.
  4. You need to fund it. You can only fuel what you fund.
  1. Are you willing to put your best staff members on the next generation?
  2. Is it all going to Sunday production?
  3. If you under fund the next generation you won’t fuel the next generation.
  4. You can build a pipeline but if you haven’t invested in the next generation, what’s the point?
  1. Separate the mission from the method
  1. Churches that love their methods more than their missions will die.
  2. Churches that will change their methods to preserve their mission will thrive.
  3. It takes great courage to change what you introduced.
  4. It will take tremendous experimentation to find methods that will work with the next generation.
  1. Blockbuster cornered the market on video rental until Netflix
  2. Kodak invented the digital camera but bet the farm on film
  3. Newspapers are dying
  4. Radio stations are having to band together because people are starting to use their media choices instead of radio.

Leaders who see the future will seize the future.

5 Leadership Questions

If you’re sensing a clog in the pipeline, what are some questions to ask?

  1. Is it a person or a systems issue?
  1. Push down decision making where people can make more decisions without having to check first within certain parameters.
  1. Could be a size issue.
  2. Some people want to be technicians sitting behind the desk running a spreadsheet.
  1. Can we afford that or do we need a developer?
  2. Need to get the right people on the bus in the right seats. - Jim Collins
  1. Need to audit
  1. Use post-it notes and a big wall
  2. Map the workflow and trace through the process

Paul Tripp - Discipleship

Discipleship is more than strategies and systems. It is about the transformation of the heart.

Matthew 6:19-34

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Don’t live for this kingdom, you seek My kingdom.

Discipleship is always a war.

It’s a street level war that takes place in the hallways, kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, board rooms, and vans.

It’s a war between the kingdom of self and the kingdom of God.

If you miss that, you will not have dedicated, committed, life sacrificing discipleship in your church.

An evangelism class has never produced evangelists. It can train those who have already surrendered their life to the purpose of God.

Treasure Principle 1: Everyone lives for some kind of treasure.

Treasure Principle 2: The thing that is your treasure will control your heart.

Treasure Principle 3: What controls your heart will control your words and your behavior.

Anxiety Bound Needs

You can’t reduce discipleship down to a system, a concept, or a class.

Discipleship is about a willing, humble sacrifice of my circumstances to the greater purposes of the King.

The biblical story is a generosity story. “For God so loved the world that He gave…”

We need to be generous with our time and our money.

The move from life to ministry should be natural, not different. Our lives are ministry.

Surround yourselves with people who encourage the walk and not just the work.

Mac Lake - People Development

In a massive survey of churches, the number one problem churches expressed was in leadership development.

The solution to the church’s leadership development problem is not content, it’s process. There is ample content out there on leadership.

Three Essential Paradigm Shifts

  1. Move from discipleship from being helping people live like Jesus to being helping people lead like Jesus.
  1. Mac had 88 different people reporting directly to him
  2. Needed to start developing leaders
  3. Picked 7 key leaders who he would lead and they would develop their team
  1. Move from dumping information to producing transformation.
  1. The pressure that we feel for finding more leaders drives us to rush the process.
  2. Discipling leaders is slow, messy and customized to the needs of the learner.
  3. Knowledge - Experience - Coaching
  4. Leadership development is not an event, it’s a relationship
  1. Stop focussing on building leaders and focus on building a culture of leadership development.
  1. We tend to do leadership placement, not leadership development.
  2. If you’re the only one doing leadership development, you have a leadership developer not a culture of leadership development.
  3. We have to decentralize leadership development

The most selfish thing you can do is fail to reproduce yourself as a leader.

The question is not, who are you reproducing yourself with but who are you developing to do what you do?

“Leadership Development: If it’s not intentional and systemized it’s not reproducible. Otherwise, it dies with you.

Not replacement, reproduction.” - Mac Lake

Brian Dodridge - Stewardship

  1. You are a steward of Christ’s bride
  2. God has given the resources to the church to fulfill His mission
  1. Time, talent, treasure
  2. People want to be compelled by a vision and convinced by a need.
  3. Need practical pathways to connect people with the mission.
  1. They want to know the plumbing. Practical ways to give.
  1. Steward what you have, don’t make excuses for what you don’t have.
  2. You need systems and structures in place

Paul Tripp

Told story about how angry he was and how he eventually listened to his wife and got over his anger.

I was in denial of two significant realities:

Hebrews 3:12-13

12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

This passage is a warning and a call.

See to it that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving, turning away, hardened heart.

  1. The reality of the presence and power of remaining sin.
  1. Yes, we have been justified and forgiven. But the presence of sin still remains and is being progressively eradicated.
  2. There is no such thing as a person in ministry who is a grace graduate.
  3. There is something about ministry training that makes us think that giftedness and theological awareness and biblical literacy equals spiritual maturity.
  4. You can be quite theologically knowledgeable and yet spiritually immature.
  5. It is very hard to give away in ministry what you yourself don’t have.
  6. Hebrews 3:12-13 makes no sense unless remaining sin is still an issue for us.

“A flat tire on a busy day will get you 75% of the way to atheism.” - Paul Tripp

Story about being behind woman with a ton of food moving slowly then a lot of coupons and seeming surprised by needing to pay. It doesn’t take much to get us angry.

“There is never a day in your life when you don’t lay down empirical evidence of remaining sin.” - Paul Tripp

The Pattern

I begin to give in to subtle sins. I begin to let things into my life that I shouldn’t let in. Subtle anger, subtle lust, subtle materialism, subtle envy, subtle greed.

Then we get OK with those being a part of our lives.

When we sin, our conscience bothers us because our heart of stone has been changed to a heart of flesh.

Then we can either admit that is sin and joyfully place ourselves under the justifying mercies of God or we can create some system of self justification that will mess up our conscience.

We are all very skilled self swindlers.

We are constantly talking to ourselves and the things we say to ourselves are very important. We can argue for our righteousness instead of admitting our sin.

It’s impossible to be in ministry and not be in the midst of your own sanctification.

  1. The second reality: Not only is their sin inside of me, but by its very composition, sin is deceitful.
  1. Give up any thought that no one knows you better than you do.
  2. As long as sin is inside of us there will be pockets of spiritual blindness.
  3. It’s impossible for you to know yourself as well as you think you do because sin blinds us.
  4. Unlike physical blindness where you immediately know that you’re blind, you can be spiritually blind and not even realize it.
  5. The most significant aspect of spiritual blindness is you are blind to your blindness.
  1. I thought I saw me well but I didn’t.
  1. We need help. Exhort one another daily lest anyone be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Personal spiritual insight is the result of community. - Paul Tripp

Self examination is a community project. God designed the body of Christ for that.

It’s unsafe for anyone in ministry to live in isolation. Separated from the essential sanctifying ministries of the body of Christ. There is no indication in the NT that a pastor or anyone else in ministry is anything but a member of the body of Christ.

Three Prayers Paul Tripp Prays Each Day

  1. God, I’m a person in desperate need of help today.
  2. I pray that in your grace you would send your helpers my way.
  3. Please grant me the humility to receive the help when it comes.

Two character qualities needed in community around us as pastors

  1. A community that has the character quality of a humility of approachability
  1. Who knows you? Who knows your private world? With whom are you vulnerable?
  1. The courage of loving honesty
  1. Truth in love
  1. Truth without love isn’t actually truth because it gets bent and twisted by other emotions
  2. Love without truth isn’t actually love

It is vitally important that your leadership community is not just a culture of achievement but a culture of grace. - Paul Tripp

There is nothing that can be exposed about us that has not been fully addressed by the work and person of Jesus Christ.

Perhaps our problem isn’t dissatisfaction but that we are all too easily satisfied.

We serve a dissatisfied Redeemer. He’s not satisfied with a little bit. He will not relent in the work of His grace until every microbe of sin is eradicated from the hearts of all His children and then He will say, “behold, all things are now ready.”

The warning is against giving into patterns of sin, excusing them in unbelief, the dynamic of turning in one’s heart so that things don’t bother you any more. I wish someone had said to me earlier it is dangerous to live in isolation.

In His grace, God has established a system where I am regularly rescued from me. - Paul Tripp

Trip Lee - Discipleship

Pastor of a new church plant in Atlanta

The best way to serve God’s world is to make disciples who love God’s Word.

Christianity is not something we do as individuals. It’s a team sport.

The common goal is Christlikeness, maturity, growth.

Ephesians 4:11-16

11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds[a] and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

We do need to grow individually but that doesn’t mean that one body part should amputate itself and run off on its own.

If we’re going to help our churches to be healthy, we have to be able to teach people to teach others. - Trip Lee

Mature disciples make mature disciples and deformed disciples make deformed disciples.


Questions for Team Conference Debrief

  1. Best takeaway from the day
  2. Assessment of conviction, culture, constructs
  3. The biggest challenge we face in going from small church mindset to large church mindset is scale. Where should we focus our energies and priorities as pastors in order to scale?
  4. What are some values we need to starve?
  5. What are some values we need to champion?
  6. Do we have a clear and compelling vision for our church? For our ministry areas?
  7. Are our job descriptions focussed enough on development and not just doing?
  8. Have we correctly clarified the boundaries
  9. Is our trajectory driving toward attendance or engagement?
  10. What does engagement ideally look like?
  11. How are we intentionally investing in the next generation?
  1. Can we keep at the front of our minds the perspective that some of our current high school students will be our DC leaders in 15 years?
  2. What can we do to intentionally prepare them for that? If we could map out their next 15 years for them into a growth track, what would we want that to look like?

Notes on Conference Production

  1. Good MC to explain where the conference was going.
  2. Lights go down and energetic music plays while MC leaves and speaker walks out and gets setup.
  1. Music is loud to keep people from starting to talk while the speaker sets up
  1. Large long videos behind the speaker are awesome but need to focus on skyscapes and not include videos with people up close as it is distracting.
  2. In between the speaker sessions, panel discussions that are energetic and take questions from the audience via Twitter.
  3. Heavy promotion of conference hashtag throughout and invitation to ask questions that way.
  4. Lit up banners on the stage reinforce the name of the conference especially in all pictures taken.
  5. During breaks, energetic music is played. Keeps people moving.
  6. Should we put more emphasis and priority on modeling and coaching for a new ministry placement instead of just discussions and a little training?