Bob Burns, my friend over at Armitage Church, invited us to attend Willow's Leadership Summit at their church via simulcast. Since Armitage is about a half mile from my house, it was a no-brainer. Took in half of Thursday's sessions and most of Friday's--powerful.
- Bill Hybels first session talked about simplifying decision-making through the power of axioms (proverbs). This was a valuable session for me. I started to make a list of axioms I operate from.
- Gary Haugen's challenge to "leave the visitor's center" was right on. I love International Justice Mission's vision and ministry.
- Catherine Rohr of PEP was phenomenal. This spitfire is fearless and driven and all of it for Jesus. Loved her passion and her ministry.
- Bill George's session was not super-great from a presentation quality standpoint but one of his stories gave me a seed thought that has really been rolling over in my mind. Very grateful for that nugget.
- Craig Groeschel's session--"It"--was worth the whole conference. I bought the book and am ruminating on what he shared. Craig is just one of the most humble, strong, thoughtful and self-deprecating leaders I've encountered. That's a tall order when you have that kind of success.
Receiving input from leaders like these is essential in my life. I feel like my leadership tank got filled. Grateful to Bill Hybels and the whole Willow team for the vision and labor to make this conference happen.