Church is what you do. Church is who you are. Church is the human outworking of the person of Jesus Christ. Let's not go to Church, let's be the Church.— Bill Hybels
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The local church is the hope of the world, and its future rests primarily in the hands of its leaders.
The heart and soul of the Christian life is learning to hear God's voice and then developing the courage to do what he asks us to do.
Storms draw something out of us that calm seas don't.
If you lower the ambient noise of your life and listen expectantly for those whispers of God, your ears will hear them. And when you follow their lead, your world will be rocked.
Prayerless people cut themselves off from God's prevailing power, and the frequent result is the familiar feeling of being overwhelmed, overrun, beaten down, pushed around, defeated. Surprising numbers of people are willing to settle for lives like that.
The best gift you can give a human being is an introduction to a God who loves them.
Leadership is not for the faint of heart
People will not follow a leader with moral incongruities for long.
Every time you compromise character you compromise leadership. The foundation of firm leadership is character.
Visionary people face the same problems everyone else faces; but rather than get paralyzed by their problems, visionaries immediately commit themselves to finding a solution.
Live each day with an open ear toward heaven, eager to respond to any whisper from God.
There is nothing like the local church when the local church is working right.
One of the greatest thrills in all of life is to feel the hand of God working through you and to be a part of the working reality of the church engaged in a movement larger than self.
Every single decision you make as a leader has an effect on the spirit of those you lead.
For a marriage relationship to flourish, there must be intimacy.
It takes an enormous amount of courage to say to your spouse, 'This is me. I'm not proud of it - in fact, I'm a little embarrassed by it - but this is who I am.
Authentic Christianity is a supernatural walk with a living, dynamic, communicating God.
The local church is the hope of the world.
Leadership requires a non-stop demand of fortitude from Day 1 to the end.
Great leadership is by definition relentlessly developmental.
Self awareness allows you to self-correct.
Personally, I've never understood inactivity.
Why a person would sit when he could soar, be a spectator when he could play, or atrophy when he could develop...is beyond me!
It’s the great temptation for small groups of people to slide into a state where they’re not quite telling each other the truth and they’re not quite celebrating each other. Instead, they tolerate each other, they accommodate each other, and they settle for sitting on the unspoken matters that separate them.
How do you pray a prayer so filled with faith that it can move a mountain? By shifting your focus from the size of your mountain to the sufficiency of the Mountain Mover and then stepping forward in obedience.
When you get to the end will God say, "Well done," or, "What was up with that?"
God made you on purpose, for a purpose
If we were to boil down Christianity to its core, we'd be left with simply this: relationship with God. The living, loving God of the universe has spoken throughout history, and still speaks today - not just to pastors or priests, but to anyone who will listen. God will speak to you.
One of the greatest joys of leadership is assembling and knitting together teams of fantastic people.
Most of us are far too busy for our own spiritual good.
There isn't a single motivation, thought, act, or word that has slipped out of your being and escaped the full, undivided attention of God.
Life's great moments evolve from simples acts of cooperation with God's mysterious promptings.
Is the ambient noise level of my life low enough for me to hear the whispers of the Lord?
This is the only leadership life I get, my one and only shot at following God the way I feel him prompting me to do so. This isn't some pre-game warm-up. It's the game, and the clock is ticking!
Leaders have to figure it out when there is no road map.
Coaching is the most important servant/leadership element in helping people accomplish their goals.
One thing is that life's great moments evolve from simple acts of cooperation with God's mysterious promptings-nudges that always lean toward finding what's been lost and freeing what's been enslaved .
Many leadership problems are driven by low self-awareness.
I hate thinking about it, teaching about it, and writing about it.
But the plain truth is that hell is real and real people go there for eternity.
If leaders don't have an antidote for fear they will be crushed by it. What is your antidote?
Jesus is not directing the angelic choir, taking long naps, or doing crossword puzzles. He is completely focused on building his church, the hope of the world.
Wise leaders understand that the single greatest determinant of whether followers will ever own a vision deeply is the extent to which whose followers believe the leader will own it.
Dignity does not float down from heaven it cannot be purchased nor manufactured.
It is a reward reserved for those who labor with diligence.
Vision is the most powerful weapon in the leader's arsenal.
The Christian life is one of faith, where we find ourselves routinely overdriving our headlights but knowing it's okay because God is in control and has a purpose behind it.
Legacy leaders are the only ones wiling to pay the price to fix a broken culture.
Effective leaders do not fear passion.
They welcome it. But from time to time passionate discussions digress into personal attacks, and real people get really hurt. In my view, leaders must head that off before it happens.
Whatever the capacity for human suffering, the church has a greater capacity for healing and wholeness.
Our conduct will never change God's character.
If you’re a serious minded leader, you will read.
You will read all you can. You will read when you feel like it, and you will read when you don’t. You will do whatever you have to do to increase your leadership input, because you know as well as I do that it will make you better.
If your life is rushing in many directions at once, you are incapable of the kind of deep, unhurried prayer that is vital to the Christian walk.
It's a huge responsibility to have influence and to steward it in a way that leads to God-honoring leadership.