Top Ten from The Leadership Summit

I enjoyed the time that I was able to spend at The Leadership Summit on Thursday and Friday. Here is my top ten:

  1. Lead an integrated life. Be the same person in each environment in which you exist. – Bill George
  2. I don’t go to a church, I belong to a church. – Chuck Colson
  3. Failure is not an option, it is a necessity. – Craig Groeschel
  4. The first thing to depart when spiritual health goes down is laughter. – Gary Haugen
  5. To reach people that no one is reaching, we have to do things that no one else is doing. – Craig Groeschel
  6. Outlast the opposition to God’s dream for your life. – Bill Hybels
  7. It is rare for one person to bring it, but one person can kill it. – Craig Groeschel
  8. When something feels funky, engage. – Bill Hybels
  9. Stay connected, fruit happens. – John Burk
  10. Is it worth going to scale fast? – Wendy Kopp

I missed a few sessions so likely missed some other great stuff. What would you add to this list?

You can find more information about all of these sessions here.

11 thoughts on “Top Ten from The Leadership Summit

  1. #4 is so true

    #5 is a great challenge to me

  2. I really liked it when Catherine Rohr, the founder of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, challenged those attending to pray the prayer “Bring it on, God!” I know there were a lot more, but I didn’t write them down. Blasted!

  3. Gavin – Thanks for your thoughts.

    Janelle – I missed that session! Sounds great.

  4. Sin is like a big sneeze when it first comes out it feels good, but then there is a lot of snot! (Craig Groeschel)

    Best line of the summit!

  5. #11 When the going gets tough, Chuck Norris roundhouse kicks it into submission.

  6. Nick – I had forgotten about that one, it is good!

    deviantmonk – That’s only good for those who have a red phone with a direct line to Mr. Norris. Notwithstanding my lack of said phone, this is a good tip.

  7. There were a lot of great one-liners (aka axioms from the Summit). Thanks for sharing some of those that impacted you most. I blogged my notes from the Summit if you’re interested in catching up on some of the other sessions.

  8. Paul – How could I forget, “axiom?” Thanks for sharing your notes from the Summit as well.

  9. I’m reading Craig Groeschel’s book “It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It.” The illusive “it” is what attracts people and makes ministries effective. Craig says “it” can’t be taught, but “it” can be caught. God gives “it.” “It” has a lot to do with the Holy Spirit. Churches that have “it” are incredibly focused, willing to fail, led by people who have “it,” and those people see potential when others see problems. Craig says “the spark of passion ignites the fuel for innovation.” And he says “it” follows big vision. God makes “it” happen. “It” is from him, by him, and for his glory. You may want to watch brief videos about the book’s message at and

  10. Jon – Thanks for the link and your thoughts.

  11. Hey Andrew,

    Thanks for noting Wendy Kopp’s interview at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit as one of the highlights of your experience there–it was a fantastic conference overall and we’re glad that you found Wendy’s thoughts on service so valuable. We are so excited about continuing to grow our movement, and want leaders to join us. If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining the movement, please visit

    Ellie Campisano
    Recruitment Coordinator, Faith Community Relations Team

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