I think the highlight of day one was pretty easy to call. Although Bill Hybels was as good as ever and James Meeks had many good things to say, Andy Stanley’s informal style and powerful concepts produced a captivating 45 minutes.
Key idea? Based on two passages: In Matthew 16 Jesus said He would build the church. In Ephesians 5 Paul wrote that husbands ought to love their wives as Christ loved the church. Takeaway? It’s God’s responsibility to build the church. It’s our responsibility to love our families.
How’d that translate for Andy? He made a commitment to a 45 hour work week and left every day at 4:00 pm. What got done, got done. What didn’t waited.
How did it translate to Northpoint? They say no to lots of opportunities. They have incredibly loyal staff. Their healthy level of commitment attracts other healthy people.
I’ll come back to this when I have more time. He talked about lots of implications. For instance, they concluded that although they could probably grow by adding Saturday night service, they didn’t because it would violate the basic idea. Driving the staff to an unhealthy work load not only affects staff familes but it sets unhealthy expectations.