Finding Your Leadership Voice


Our WCA team in Canada asked Nancy Beach, “What are some of the things that you have done to find your voice in leadership?” Nancy answers the question in the below 2 min video.

“Many women leaders need to develop the right kind of talking back- the ability to present an alternative view, challenge the status quo, and exert one’s own unique voice. Talking back effectively does not require a leader to be strident, offensive, controlling, or hostile. Rather, a woman leader must develop the muscle of talking back from an inner core of strongly held values and beliefs, and a willingness to face her fears and even harness her anger to communicate with clarity, logic, and passion.” -Nancy Beach

By: WCA (@wcagls)
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Nancy Beach and Nancy Ortberg will be LIVE in Maryland on October 27th and in Kansas on November 10th for Gifted to Lead, an interactive forum for women with the gift of leadership.

The Way God Makes a Lasting Impression


In 1 Kings 19, God sends word to Elijah to go stand on the side of the mountain where God will reveal Himself. What if God said to you today, “Go outside and wait because I’m going to show up.” Let me just say, I know I’d be going (and probably bring my camera!).

1 Kings 19:11-12: The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

The Bible says that a powerful wind started to blow, and it blew part of the mountain away. But God was not in the wind, and it died away. Then there was a powerful earthquake that shook the mountain. Elijah thought, ‘This must be God.’ But the text says, God was not in the earthquake. Then a consuming fire ignited, but God wasn’t in fire. After all of the displays of power, God shows up in a gentle whisper.

Is this the way to making a lasting impression on a prophet with a faltering faith?

No earthquake, no wind, no fire. God just wants to talk—heart to heart. What God is trying to do is establish relationship through conversation, rather than an explosion of some kind. It’s the same thing that God is trying to do today: establish and strengthen His relationship with you.

Scripture tells us, cover-to-cover, that God speaks to us through His whispers, His prompts, and His words. I’m a Christian today because of a whisper. And I’m a fired-up Christian today because of the still small voice of God that keeps speaking to me day in and day out.

If you’re waiting for some cosmic act of transcendent power, lower the ambient noise of your life and start listening for His still small voice. Listen. God still offers gentle invitations into relationships, gentle words of wisdom, gentle warnings; but the question is, will we listen? Will we respond?

When you’re in the kind of relationship with God where you hear God’s voice and you obey, He will do absolutely incredible things in and through your life. Are you up for that?

By: Bill Hybels (@BillHybels)
Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

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If you’re looking for a next step, sign up for the webcast on October 29th with Bill Hybels and Jim Mellado: Whispers: Hearing God and Responding. (We’d love to hear your questions for Bill Hybels about discerning God’s voice. If you have a question, you can post it here.)

What Will You Ask Bill Hybels?


One of the greatest thrills of the Christ-following life comes from hearing directly from God. Time and again the Scriptures tell us to be still. “Be silent, and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10). Reduce your speed. Stop multitasking.
Lower the ambient noise of your life—and then
listen for God to speak.
On October 29th, I’m taking an hour to interview Bill Hybels (which will be streamed LIVE via webcast) about what listening to and obeying God can do for a leader’s soul, a church, and even a community. As I prepare for the interview, I’d love to hear your suggestions for questions to ask Bill.

If you could ask Bill Hybels one question about discerning God’s voice, what would it be?


By: Jim Mellado (@JimMellado)
President, WCA

He Chose 12 and Changed the World


During the Summit we asked speakers to give us ‘a few minutes more’ after their message. This year Craig Groeschel interviewed Tony Dungy about the value of mentoring. Craig said, “I require everyone on our staff have someone outside of our organization mentor them.” Craig continued, “Jesus was the greatest mentor of all time, He choose 12 and changed the world.”

Ideas for Next Steps….

  • Who in your life are you building into?
  • Who is building into you? Who do you need to ask to build into?
  • Summit Digital Resource Card to keep your leadership development moving after the Summit.
  • Summit 2010 Team Edition to help you extend the impact of the Summit further into your team.

A Few Minutes More: Jeff Manion


During the Summit we asked speakers to give us ‘a few minutes more’ after their message. Jeff Manion reminded us that the land between is the very soil in which God does some of his richest and deepest work in us. If you are experiencing a land between, God can use this difficult time to foster transformational growth, but you have a choice.

IDEAS TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP

For You

For Your Team

  • Summit 2010 Team Edition to help you extend the impact of the Summit further into your team.
  • Free STIR Webcast Series designed for ministry leaders to give practical next steps for fostering spiritual growth through small groups.
  • STIR: Half Day event – God uses relationships in our lives and ministries to open hearts, break sin patterns and transform us. The STIR One Day is design as a tool for Ministry Leaders. Gather all the small group leaders in your ministry for this half day of laser-focused training with immediate ministry application.

If You Want to Leave a Legacy


“If you want to leave a legacy, attach your wealth and power to a movement” -Bill Hybels

Today Bill Hybels took the stage with other leaders for Movement Day in New York City with 700+ leaders from 40 U.S. cities and 17 countries. Movement Day is facilitated by the New York City Leadership Center in collaboration with Redeemer City to City and Go2 Church Planting Ministries. The objective: education to leaders about new trends related to cities and collaboration on new ways to reach and renew metropolitan communities. Movement Day founder, Dr. Mac Pier, said, “Today is only the beginning…we want to define: (a) where we are in our various efforts to plant churches, mentor youth, reach campuses, unite for prayer, (b) and to ask the question where do we want to be in a year, three years, and five years. Today is inspiring, but will be much more than that–together we will create a Missiological Standard for what we want to see God do in our respective cities.”

After hearing from plenary speakers Tim Keller, Ray Bakke, and Brenda Salter McNeil, Bill Hybels’ challenge to the crowd was based on the life and biblical story of the remarkable, God-honoring King Hezekiah. Here are a few sound bites from Bill’s message:

“If you want a meaningful and lasting spiritual legacy, attach it to a movement!”

“Any movement must start by a leader with his face pressed to the ground. followers must see it, know it, experience it.”

“Young leaders, what will be remembered about your life 25, 50, 75 years after you’re gone?”

“Movement leaders need to layout their challenges before the Lord.”

Later this afternoon he’ll speak again–on the topic of “Creating a Culture of Encouragement for Marketplace Leaders and Pastors.”

By: Steve Bell
Executive Vice President, Willow Creek Association

Stir Up the Gift of Faith


During the Summit we asked speakers to give us ‘a few minutes more’ after their message. Christine Caine said that, for a leader, “hope is the oxygen we breathe.” Christine reminds us that, with Jesus inside us, we can make a difference. The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives on the inside of us.

IDEAS TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP

For You
As leaders, we have a responsibility to lead from a place of hope, because people will follow our cue. How would you assess your current personal level of hope?

For Your Team

  • Summit 2010 Team Edition to help you extend the impact of the Summit further into your team.
  • Free STIR Webcast Series designed for ministry leaders to give practical next steps for fostering spiritual growth through small groups.
  • STIR: Half Day event – God uses relationships in our lives and ministries to open hearts, break sin patterns and transform us. The STIR One Day is design as a tool for Ministry Leaders. Gather all the small group leaders in your ministry for this half day of laser-focused training with immediate ministry application.

By: WCA (@wcagls)

Growing Up a Leader


“Looking back, I now see that God was abundantly gracious to me during those formative years in my leadership. Even though I felt alone and lacked women leaders as mentors, I was given some instincts by my Creator that enabled me to avoid what could have been highly destructive pitfalls. The most significant of those instincts was an intuitive sense that above all else, what would count most in my efforts to lead and relate effectively is my character”Nancy Beach, Gifted to Lead (Zondervan)

Last year, the journey of bringing Gifted to Lead to Canada and to sites across the United States has been an exciting one! More than ever, we are aware of God’s desire to use and empower women as leaders.

After one of the Gifted to Lead events, the team who attended spent time going over the impact of the teaching by Nancy Beach and Nancy Ortberg.

They asked themselves: What are your personal challenges when it comes to using and growing your gift of leadership?

…And they answered:

  • Confidence
  • Umbrella of grace in order to be a risk taker
  • Input from others who know me well and can speak into my life about my gifts/strengths
  • An open mind to learn from my mistakes
  • Energy
  • Focus
  • Knowing my tribe/team and celebrating their gifts and strengths
  • Leading myself
  • Leading others from overflow, not emptiness
  • Take time to care for my soul

Do these answers sound like something you would say?
Leave an anonymous comment and let us know what some of your personal needs and challenges are as a leader. We have more in common than we even realize.

By: Cheryl Molenaar (@CherylMolenaar)
Gifted to Lead Champion, Willow Creek Canada

Interested in learning more about Gifted to Lead? Nancy Beach and Nancy Ortberg will take an engaging and interactive look at specific issues that face women in church leadership today.

A Few Minutes More: Blake Mycoskie


During the Summit we asked speakers to give us ‘a few minutes more’ after their message. Below is what Blake Mycoskie from TOMS Shoes had to say after his talk, Making Conscious Capitalism Work: The TOMS Shoes Story.

In Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot on volcanic soil.

IDEAS TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP

For You

  • Blake talked about the culture of TOMS. What the team does at TOMS is serious work but they don’t take themselves very serious. As a leader, how can you be intentional about creating a culture that doesn’t take itself too seriously? Is there something that you need to do to celebrate your team this week?
  • Join the TOMS movement
  • Summit Digital Resource Card to keep your leadership development moving after the Summit.
  • eLearning beta classes will launch – The Leader’s Soul and Leading for Spiritual Transformation. (Sign up by October 1.)

For Your Team

  • Summit 2010 Team Edition to help you extend the impact of the Summit further into your team.
  • Free STIR Webcast Series designed for ministry leaders to give practical next steps for fostering spiritual growth through small groups.
  • STIR: Half Day event – Real Change, real growth is possible! God uses relationships in our lives and ministries to open hearts, break sin patterns and transform us. The STIR One Day is design as a tool for Ministry Leaders. Gather all the small group leaders in your ministry for this half day of laser-focused training with immediate ministry application.