Every year at the Leadership Summit there is such a rich collection of speakers…and usually one or two are head and shoulders above the rest.  This year was unexpectedly great…several stunning interviews that completely came out of left field.  Still, for me the Craig Groeschel segment was at the top.

What did he have to say?  Churches that have it have at least these four elements going for them:

  • Laser focus: They’ve identified what they’ll do and then only do that.  They don’t have "287" ministries.  In fact, at Lifechurch.tv they do 5 things (Weekend worship services, small groups, kids, students, and missions).  Absolutely loved this statement: "In order to reach people that no one is reaching, you’ll have to do things that no one else is doing.  To do things that no one else is doing, you can’t do what everyone else is doing."  The question he asked was: "What are you doing that you need to stop doing?"
  • See opportunities where others see obstacles.  This was a fascinating segment.  Groeschel pointed out that "You have everything you need to do everything God wants you to do." Another profound line was that "God guides by what he doesn’t provide."  So different than what is most often pointed to.  The question he asked was: "What is God trying to show you with your limitation?"
  • Willing to fail.  How about this line: "Failure is not an option…it’s a necessity."  Not original with Groeschel, but definitely worth remembering.  The question?  "What has God called you to do that you’re afraid to try?"
  • Led by people who have it.  This is at the heart of it, isn’t it?  You’re not going to lead an organization if you don’t have what you’re trying to give away.  The question?  "What will you do to get it?"

By the way, I picked up Craig Groeschel’s new book, It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It.  Watch for a post or two on it.  It’s the kind of thing that will provoke some very good discussion. 

It…How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It