Terry and I watched Leadership Network conference today called The Nines. 99 speakers speaking 9 minutes each. Here are 9 of my personal best takeaways (not in any particular order)…
1. Jon Acuff on energy levels. Different activities require different energy levels to do well. Schedule activities that require high energy at moments when you have high personal and emotional energy. If email is a 2 on a scale of 1-10, don’t schedule responding to email during your high energy level, high productive parts of your day. It’s simple but profound. Also, learned that spiders are thrill biters. Funny guy!
2. Mark Driscoll on the “Mentor Myth”: One mentor will not meet all your spiritual, emotional, marriage, leadership needs. No one person can do that except the person of Jesus. We need to look for many mentors. Having several mentors keeps us from idealizing any one single person, and avoids demanding too much from him or her. Have several mentors in your “bullpen” that you could call on in a moment of need.
3. Perry Noble on just about everything: On time: I manage my schedule; my schedule does not manage me. We need to lead and teach out of an overflow of what God is doing in our life. My wife is MY bride; the church is the bride of Christ. Date our wife without social media. If you tweet about being on a date with your wife while you are on the date, you officially suck. Vision comes from God. Listen to him and do what He says. It is about revelation, not imitation.
4. Jon Ferguson, Community Christian Church on the big ask: We try to minimize a challenge in order to get people involved. This is detrimental to their development because we minimize that persons’ potential; this also minimizes the vision and we fail to remember that God is in the equation. “If we ask people to step up to a task that is small and manageable, we can only expect small and manageable results.” When challenging people to get involved or give of their time, money or resources remember these equations:
Need – Vision = Desperation
Need + Vision = Inspiration
5. Neil Cole on multiplication: We all are teachers: the book of Hebrews reminds us that we all should be teachers by now; Matt 28 commands us to make disciples, teaching them. Movements happen when we equip others so that they can teach the message to others. Isn’t it true that we learn more by teaching than by listening. Don’t be so quick to be the answer man-be the question man that inspires others to self-discovery.
6. Dino Rizzo from Healing Place Church: Honor is essential to leading a high quality staff team. We need to honor those who sacrifice. Honor will not let you take lightly what others have done and what you have done. Cultivating honor will require people to not take what God has done for granted. Say thank you. What you fail to honor, you will eventually lose.
7. Kay Warren: We need to own our physical, emotional, and spiritual development. These areas are the core level of who we are; there is no one else who will look after you in these areas. Kay says, “Control the controllable and leave the uncontrollable to God”. Take care of your body; we are as emotionally healthy as we want to be. If you are in a stuck place, take the first step to get unstuck. Pour life back into yourself. What gives you life? Spiritually, you are as close to God as you want to be. You cannot blame anyone else if you are spiritually dead or dry. Do what you need to do to keep yourself healthy in these core areas. We lead and teach from who we are. Shannon O’Dell: Physical health and emotional health create momentum for leading. If your core is not healthy…well, you can play the end of the movie (but it’s not good).
8. David Door on dealing with gap in vision (what God has put on your heart) and reality (results you are seeing). God will never allow our ministry to be a mistress. He wants someone who loves Him first. Learn to submit to what God is doing without lowering the bar and vision. He will produce every good result in His time.
9. Jud Wilhite – Central Christian Church on marriage. Your marriage and your family may be far more vulnerable than you think it is. “The greatest thing you can share with your kids is a healthy marriage and the greatest thing you can share with your church is a healthy family!” Matt Fry: when you pull into the driveway at the end of the day, you are arriving to your most important job.
What is your greatest takeaway from The Nines?