The Back 9 (more takeaways from The Nines)

I guess I prematurely posted my 9 favorite takeaways from The Nines online conference today, thinking it ended at 3.  Well, consider these like the back nine on an 18 hole golf course.

1.  Herbert Cooper – People’s Church (Oklahoma City, OK): The Greatest Gift

Help your wife find her passion and giftedness in ministry. Maintain a “date night” and schedule time away (without the kids) The greatest gift you provide your church is modeling a healthy marriage and family. Don’t get so distracted with your ministry that you neglect your #1 ministry – your FAMILY!

2.  Mark Batterson – National Community Church (Washington, DC): The Circle Maker

Prayer brings miracles!  God isn’t offended by bold prayers. He’s offended by anything less. We need to dream big, pray hard and think long. When we pray bold prayers that honor God, God honors those bold prayers. You can’t pray too much, you can’t pray too hard. You need to pray circles around the promises and dreams God has given you. If you’ll do that, leadership, teaching, preaching, family and ministry will take care of themselves.

3.  Mark MillerChick-fil-A (Atlanta,GA): Staff-Fil-A

Create leadership teams.  High performance teams focus on results far more than those teams that under-perform.  Do you have real clarity on your outcomes? If not, your chances of success decrease significantly. High Performance Teams focus on talent, skill and community.

High performance teams focus on TALENT.  How many “key seats” are there in your organization? Think about who is currently filling those seats. How many of those seats are filled with the right person today?  High performance teams focus on SKILLS. Individual skill is obviously the most important, but high performance teams also focus on “team skills” (problem solving, conflict resolution, meeting management, etc).  High performance teams focus on COMMUNITY. These teams are a place where people know, love, serve, celebrate and morn. When all of these things are present, you create something remarkable!

 4.  Eric Swanson – Leadership Network (Dallas, TX): Medium Rare, Thank You!

Sometimes, we view mission, passion and vision as one and the same.  But they are not the same.  We need a vision that encompasses nothing less than the “Great Commission.” Vision is what I see in the grandest picture that gives us ultimate direction.  Passion is what I feel. Passion is smaller in scope than vision because it’s limited only to the things that I am passionate about.  Additionally, I can’t expect my mission to be the same size as my passion. There are many things that I have a vision to see accomplished, but fewer things that I have any passion for personally and fewer still the number of things that I can possibly be involved in personally.  When we attempt to make them all the same size, we squeeze out the passions and missions of others.

 5.  Pete Briscoe – Bent Tree Bible Fellowship (Carrollton, TX) – Good Outside and In

It takes years for a leader to gain experience and to be “ready to go” but we rob God because of lack of discipline in caring for our physical body or because we are not willing to go to the doctor.  You may look ok on outside, but may not be on inside. Start working out and get in shape.  Eat well.  Get annual physical and make adjustments necessary.

6.  Michael Slaughter – Ginghamsburg Church (Tipp City, OH): No Do – Overs

There are no do-overs in life. Here is his Pyramid of health:

○ Eating healthy–fats, carbs, sugars:  Avoid these.  If it is white, it ain’t right. Opt for more whole grains.

○ Aerobic exercise: walking and running, swimming, spinning.

○ Resistance exercise: as we grow older we lose muscle capacity and bone density; weights

Travis Johnson – Life Pointe Community Church (Homestead, FL): Also pointed out that there is a huge disconnect and credibility issue when we teach people about spiritual and emotional health, and neglect taking care of our physical body.

 7.  Nancy Ortberg – Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (Menlo Park, CA): What’s Up, Dog?

Give people opportunities, challenges and relationships.

Opportunities. Develop the spiritual gift of radar. Learn to listen – really listen – to people and hear what they are generally bent one direction or another. After hearing their story, offer a “migratory path.”  Give people encouraging conversations.

Challenges. Give people challenges. Challenge them so that they’re both stretching and growing.

Relationships. Give people a relationship with you. We need to invest in relationship with the people who serve the ministries we lead. We don’t need to be their “BFF”, but we need to know them.

8.  Will Mancini  6 elements of compelling vision at

Common Denominator: Do I build an emotional connection based on shared history?

Burning Platform:  Do I frame the larger need and speak to the fear of loss?

Golden Tomorrow:  Do I promise a better world in which people will want to live?

Wake-up Call: Do I create urgency and induce action?

Mind Stretch:  Do I enlarge faith and challenge the imagination with audacious, God-sized goals?

God Smile:  Do I clarify my biblical basis and show how God’s heart is pleased?

9.  Rick Warren 7 Keys to lasting in the ministry

Learn to enjoy the grace of God; Do not lose heart!  (1 Cor 4:1)

Be yourself; be authentic; don’t fake it; be what you are and not a cheap imitation of someone else (1 Cor 4:2)

Remember it is not about me; don’t take things personally.  It is all about Christ.  We start in service, but end up with a serve-us. (1 Cor 4:5)

You must accept your human limitations.  You are not superman.  Deny, hide, accept, glory in my weakness (1 Cor 4:7)

Do everything out of love.  Love lasts.  If you don’t love, you won’t last.  Love is spelt T-I-M-E.  We must spend time with people.  Ministry is modeled, not taught. (1 Cor 4:15)

You must make time for personal renewal.  Divert daily; withdraw weekly; abandon annually. (1 Cor 4:16)

Live in light of eternity (1 Cor 4:17-18)

So ends the day.  Thought I would only play the front nine, but ended up going 18 takeaways.  Hope about you?  What did you take away from today?

About Steve Morgan

I work in Global Leadership Development with my wife, Terry. We have been married for 36 years and have 4 grown children. I have a Masters in Global Leadership together through Azusa Pacific University. I generally write about 5 “L’s: Living Well, Loving Deeply, Learning Continuously, Leading Courageously, and Leaving a Legacy. I occasionally write about Laughing Loudly. Subscribe on the right side to receive an email whenever there is a new post. I invite you to leave your comments so we can dialogue on the various topics and learn from each other. If you are new to the site, you might start with looking at some of the top posts or doing a search on the right sidebar for one of the 5 “L’s” that interest you. Or you can view the blog archives for topics. Photo Credit:
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2 Responses to The Back 9 (more takeaways from The Nines)

  1. terry morgan says:

    Excellent summary of excellent material… now to the application!

    • Steve Morgan says:

      Thanks Terry. If we thought trying to keep up with all the speakers and topics, blog and tweet was hard…application will be harder. Though lots of it we are doing so we’re not starting from zero. It’s been a great ride so far and look forward to learning and leading more with you in the future.

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