Leadership Summit Session 8 | Bill Hybels

Bill Hybels closed out this years Willow Creek Leadership Summit with a fantastic talk.

Bill Hybels is the Founding and Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. He is the author of two great leadership books Axiom and Courageous Leadershipas well as The Power of a Whisper

Here are some highlights I grabbed from his talk:

  • Everyone wins when a leader gets better.
  • Leaders need an annual gut check about their leadership.
  • The world needs leaders who will passionately pursue what God is calling them to do.
  • Jesus reminds us (Matthew 16:18) that he will build his church and nothing will prevail against it.
  • For too many people, the church is lifeless, cowardly, and hopeless.
  • It’s one thing to see a vision, it’s another thing to be seized by a vision.
  • A vision gives people a picture of the future.
  • Vision causes people to sacrifice joyfully.
  • Without vision, people perish. They don’t die physically, they settle for a life of a lesser purpose.
  • A vision causes us to give up everything for it.
  • A fired up Christ follower, from a fired up church, is what God uses to change the trajectory of broken lives.
  • The message of Jesus is what changes a person heart. God has entrusted the message of Jesus to the church to take it to the corners of the globe. Means, the local church is the hope of the world.
  • The hope of the world is at stake when it comes to how we lead our churches.

Will the local church, the hope of the world, be able to sustain itself until the end of time?

  • Whole empires throughout history have disappeared.
  • Companies with tons of money and clout but are no longer in business.
  • Who it is that is actually building the church and sustaining it is who will keep it from disappearing.
  • Jesus is the sustainer of the church (Matthew 16:18).
  • Building the church is the main thing Jesus is doing until the end of time.
  • It is incredible to think that Jesus is not only building His church, but includes us in that and uses us to bring about His plan.
  • What would happen if we got up in the morning and joined in, full on with what Jesus is doing? How would the world change? How would our churches change?
  • A leader calls people out, calls them to be a part of the vision, to make a move.

What was your biggest takeaway from this session?

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