Pastor Wilfredo De Jesús – The Global Leadership Summit 2014

We are one week away from The Global Leadership Summit!

Check out this special video message from one of our 2014 Faculty, Pastor Wilfredo de Jesus of New Live Covenant Church in Chicago. Known as “Pastor Choco,” Wilfredo was named as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People 2013.

It’s not too late to register to attend. Register today!

You Know You Need A Sabbath When…

Post by Pete Scazzero

You know you need a Sabbath when:

  1. The only time you are alone is in the bathroom.
  2. It takes you over thirty minutes to fall asleep because your mind is racing about things you forgot to do.
  3. You think rest is standing still in traffic.
  4. You go to check your e-mail for a moment and are still there an hour later.
  5. You cannot remember anything you ate the last 3 days.
  6. You drove upstate for an hour and had so much on your mind that when you arrived, you are not sure how you got there.
  7. You don’t know what day it is.
  8. You find yourself jealous and angry when someone else is enjoying life.
  9. When you can’t remember the last time you sat down to eat breakfast
  10. When you tweet during movie, text during dinner, read e mail during meetings and classes, and learn about your spouse’s day from Facebook.

Sabbath is as countercultural, radical and prophetic as it was 3500 years ago when God invited the Israelites to stop, rest, delight, and contemplative Him for one 24 hour period each week.  Listen to this free sermon I recently gave at New Life on “Sabbath: The Foundation of our Work” from Deuteronomy 5:12-15.

Pete_Scazzero_web-300x200Pete is the Founder and Teaching Pastor/Pastor at Large at New Life Fellowship Church, a large, multiracial, international church with seventy-three countries represented. Pete is the author of two best-selling books: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (Nelson, 2006) and The Emotionally Healthy Church (Zondervan, 2010). Connect with Pete on Twitter @PeteScazzero and find out more about Emotionally Healthy Spirituality at http://emotionallyhealthy.org.

Symptoms of the False Self

Post by Pete Scazzero

In my sermon yesterday at New Life, I preached on “Listening to the Small Screen” out of Colossians 3:9-14. God calls us out of living a “pretend life” that accumulates as layers over us as a result of our families of origin and our culture. To find love, value, and worth, we often become people God never intended. Part of the gift of salvation in Christ is a deliverance from our false selves into our true selves in Christ, living out our unique “sealed orders” from Him.

Paul calls us “not to lie to one another” (Col. 3:9) which can be translated, “Don’t be false with one another.”  The following is the brief assessment I shared during the message.

The degree to which we are living out of our false, or pretend, self exists on a continuum that ranges from mild to severe.  We are all in process, including myself. Use the simple assessment below to get an idea of where you fall on the continuum. Note each one that describes you.

False Self-Assessment

  1. I am reluctant to admit my weaknesses and flaws to others.
  2. I look for the approval of others more than I should
  3. I am highly “offendable” and defensive when people criticize me.
  4. I often become harsh and impatient when things are moving too slowly or my expectations are not met.
  5. I say “yes’ when I would rather say “no”.
  6. I beat myself up when I make mistakes.
  7. I have difficulty speaking up when I disagree or prefer something different.
  8. I have a number of people I am struggling to forgive.
  9. My fears often cause me to play it safe “just in case.”
  10. My body is more often in a state of tension and stress than relaxed.

If you checked two or three statements, you may be living out of your false self at times. If you checked four to five, you probably have a moderate case of pretending to be somebody you are not. If you checked six or more, you want to receive this as a gentle wake up call to a deeper journey with Jesus!

Pete_Scazzero_web-300x200Pete is the Founder and Teaching Pastor/Pastor at Large at New Life Fellowship Church, a large, multiracial, international church with seventy-three countries represented. Pete is the author of two best-selling books: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (Nelson, 2006) and The Emotionally Healthy Church (Zondervan, 2010). Connect with Pete on Twitter @PeteScazzero and find out more about Emotionally Healthy Spirituality at http://emotionallyhealthy.org.

The Connection Question

“How did I do?”

or

Did I connect?”

Which question do you more commonly ask yourself after you speak, teach, lead a meeting, talk to your staff? 

A good leader is always evaluating… always seeking feedback to improve.

But those two questions above nuance a distinction that is critical in our motives for seeking feedback.

The first question is about you.

The second question is about them.

Just this past Sunday, I was hosting the services at one of our campuses.  This was the first time I hosted at this campus and I was very attentive to my “performance” (I use quotes because I don’t love that word but it’s accurate for the context).  My first reaction was to get feedback on how I “did”.  Did I do okay?  Did I say all the right things?  Did I cover the correct content?

For the first few moments the stream of thought was all about me and how I performed.

And then… conviction.   My questions were all wrong.  Yes, I needed to evaluate my performance but my evaluation needed to be about how I impacted those I was communicating with.  Did I connect with them?  Did they feel heard and understood?  Did they receive good information?  Were they inspired?  Did I help them see a glimpse of Jesus today?

Is the connection question your first thought when evaluating yourself as a communicator? 

Originally posted on JenniCatron.com

Screen-shot-2013-03-25-at-4.50.10-PM-150x1502About Jenni Catron: a Founder of Cultivate Her. She loves great books, the perfect cup of tea, playing a game of tennis with her husband and hanging with her dog Mick.

Your Summit Check List

We are only weeks away from the Summit.  It is time to start preparing you, your team and your church. Here are a few ways how:

Join The Conversation:
Chime into the conversation happening on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to use the official hashtag #GLS14!

Check Your E-mail:
There are going to be a few important messages sent out to those attending the Summit in the next few weeks, including your ticket! Be sure to check your e-mail for important updates and exclusive offerings.

Take Pictures:
Thousands of teams will be gathering around the country for The Global Leadership Summit. Show us your Summit experience and what you are doing to get ready for the Summit! Upload your pictures to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag @wcagls

Ask Questions:
Want a Summit speaker to answer one of your questions? Send us your questions using #GLS14Q and see if your questions gets answered!

Download the App:
The Summit App is a tool for U.S. attendees to view the schedule, learn about speakers, purchase resources, register for 2015 and more. (Available on iOS and Android)

Prepare your team:
The Summit is for serious-minded leaders who want to get better. By attending the Summit, you will benefit in these ways:

Equipped – By attending the Summit you will be equipped with world-class leadership lessons, insights, new tools and practical next steps that can be applied to lead better wherever God has called you.
Inspired – The Summit is not just an event to gather “facts” or a bunch of content. It is an event that engages not only your mind, but also your heart. We all need to be inspired to keep going, pushing past the challenges we face and to be encouraged…the Summit does just that.
Challenged – For many leaders the Summit is the most leadership-infusing experience they have each year. When you attend the Summit you will be challenged to lead better and when you get better as a leader, everyone that you influence wins.

And most importantly, pray with us. Over 190,000 are expected to experience the Summit 2014. Pray for Kingdom impact and for the amazing things God will do!

I Believe People Want to Change

At The Global Leadership Summit 2013, our team asked people to send in questions for the Summit speakers. We had a great response as questions rolled in through Twitter. Now its time to reveal the answers…and they are worth watching.

Watch and learn from Joseph Grenny as he answers your questions: I believe people want to change, but how do I get them to commit?

Do you have any questions for the 2014 Summit faculty? Send us your questions through Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #GLS14Q for the chance to have one of the Summit faculty answer it at Summit 2014.

3:00 A.M.

Pyramid23:00 AM.  RIGA, LATIVA.
I’m laying awake in my hotel room. Can’t sleep. As the director responsible for the success of the shoot, I lay thinking through the production details of our shoot the next day on a rooftop terrace overlooking Old Town Riga. We have a complex script for Bill to deliver in a short amount of time – in a freezing cold environment. I pray that between now and then, God would fill him with the perfect words to speak.

4:00 PM THE NEXT DAY.  OLD TOWN RIGA.
Our team has set-up on the rooftop of the Gutenberg Hotel. It’s an international crew with myself and our cinematographer having flown in from the US. A sound man who just caught a flight in from Stockholm. And an amazing local location fixer from here in Latvia named Rihards.

I’m waiting downstairs curbside for Bill to arrive. He’s coming from the Baltic Church Conference 20 minutes away. The streets in Old Town are beautiful. Everything feels a bit like a classic spy thriller – all the fur and sounds of heels clicking down narrow streets. Though it may be cold, there is an elegant beauty to the cobblestone streets and Baltic architecture.

Bill’s car arrives. He steps out with a smile and says “Jesse – I’ve got an idea!” “I prayed you would,” I responded. What happened next was completely different that anyone one had scripted, but as we discovered over the next 3 months of editing – the words that were spoken were exactly what was needed.

2:00 PM TIRANA, ALBANIA. TWO DAYS LATER.
Two flights and as many customs searches later. Our team and equipment has migrated south to the warm Balkan Peninsula. We’re here to capture the story of the re-birth of the Christian church since the fall of communism in 1992.

Doni and Mark are the GLS coordinators for Albania and will be our hosts for the next 3 days. I love these guys. Funny. Warm.  Compassionate.

11:00 AM 2 HOURS EAST OF TIRANA. THE NEXT DAY.
Doni has taken us to meet Ali Kurti. Ali is the President of the Evangelical Brotherhood in Albania, a former Regional Governor, and someone who has seem the full scope of the experience of the Church over the past 50 years. Today he devotes his life to developing the next generation of the church leaders in Albania. “This is the great hope of my life.”

5:00 PM BACK IN TIRANA.
On the drive back to Tirana, Mark and Doni mentioned that there is a pyramid in downtown Tirana. A moment to the former dictator, Enver Hoxha. Perviously covered with marble, it has since been painted with graffiti and is climbed by adventurous young people.  Now THAT sounds like something worth filming.

We call ahead to a young leader named Elgi, and ask him to meet us at the pyramid. Its sunset when we arrive. Our crew immediately pulls out our camera rig with a fancy motion-stabilizer which will allows us to run up the side of the pyramid, following Elgi running up at full speed, capturing a completely smooth shot.

I am afraid of heights. The sides of the pyramid are quite steep.  If you slip you will roll 5 stories all the way down to the bottom with nothing to break your fall but the ground below.

Over the next 30 minutes, the footage we captured was some of the best in our lives – in a very technical and physically challenging environment.

These are just a few of the great stories you can expect to experience via film at this years Global Leadership Summit.

247014_10151622031255491_346853131_n-150x150Jesse Oxford is Creative Director / Principal at J. Oxford Studios a Chicago-based Creative Agency dedicated exclusively to partnering with organizations that are working to do GOOD.  www.jesseoxford.com

The Church is Not Forgotten in Cuba

The Church is Not Forgotten in Cuba

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Earlier in 2014, Willow Creek Association was granted permission to work with local Cuban church leaders to present the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) in Havana on June 20-21. The impact of the GLS was immediate and powerful. One pastor said, “I have been a pas­tor in Cuba for 30 years. And this is the first time I have received any training. I’m sure this is true of everybody here.”

 It is the vision of the Cuban GLS team to take the GLS to other cities in Cuba beginning with Santa Clara and Santiago. It is their desire to have GLS sites throughout the island, building up, inspiring, and equipping Cuban church leaders to change their country for Christ.

As we left Cuba, one pastor pulled us aside with a message he wanted us to bring home. “When you get home, please tell everyone how grateful we are that you did not forget the Church in Cuba. Sometimes we feel very alone here; completely forgotten. But you have shown us that you are thinking about us; that you remember us. Please tell everyone how thankful we are.”

Continue to remember the Church in Cuba, continue to pray for church leaders that the seeds planted at the GLS will bear much fruit and be a catalyst for change in this island nation.

Tell us your story! We are continually inspired by the lives of leaders like you who take on the challenges they see in their societies, and lead in the transformation of their communities. We would love to hear your individual story about how you came into leadership, your dream for your community or your country, what you have learned along your journey, and how the GLS has equipped or inspired you. Tell us about you, and we will share each other’s stories in this email to encourage one another. Send your stories to story@willowcreek.com.

Meet a Leader – Albert from Zimbabwe

UnknownAlbert Muvanga joined the GLS team, lead by Harold Chilowa, Pastor of Renewal Fel­­lowship Church, and came to the Summit in Chicago for the first time in 2013. The im­­pact that the GLS had on Albert’s life was huge, and he’s never looked back. As a part of the GLS team, he wants to reach even more leaders in Zimbabwe, and allow leaders like him to have access to the training, inspiration, and encouragement that he’s re­­ceived to lead his organization to the next level. He desires to bring the Kingdom of God more into his community.

Albert leads an organization called Smile For Africa, caring for orphans and widows in Zimbabwe. Because of the inspiration that he received at the GLS last year, Smile For Africa and Renewal Fellowship Church partnered with the Donodzo School in the rural area of Chegutu, Zimbabwe. This school aims to care for and educate 325 children—60% are orphans, 20% have lost either their father or mother, and 20% come from abu­­sive backgrounds.

In the picture, you can see the semicircle structure where all the children go when it’s raining. They didn’t have any bathrooms, toilets, or administrative rooms for volunteers or teachers. Because of the partnership formed at the GLS, children’s lives are being impacted. Smile for Africa donated three tents and the youth group from Renewal Fel­­lowship donated two toilets. The goal is eventually to build proper structures for class­­rooms, offices, and a sports field. Because of the challenge Albert and his colleagues received at the GLS, the lives of these students will be touched, cared for, and changed for the better.

2014 Summit Faculty Video Intros

Watch and learn more about the 2014 Summit faculty in these short video intros:

Susan Cain: Watch Video

Wilfredo De Jesus: Watch Video

Carly Fiorina: Watch Video

Don Flow: Watch Video

Erica Ariel Fox: Watch Video

Louie Giglio: Watch Video

Joseph Grenny: Watch Video

Jeffrey Immelt: Watch Video

Allen Catherine Kagina: Watch Video

Patrick Lencioni: Watch Video

Bryan Lorritts: Watch Video

Ivan Satyavrata: Watch Video