In October we had the privilege of attending Catalyst in Atlanta, Georgia. Since we at YoungChurchLeaders.org work remotely, it was the first time we were all in the same room! Hard to imagine. It was also so timely. Tyler Reagin opened the conference by saying, “I don’t think I’ve ever needed Catalyst more than I do this year.” It was a sentiment all three of us would resonate with.
Have you ever thought to yourself, I need community, encouragement, worship and time with Jesus? That’s what we found at Catalyst.
In this episode, we process some of our thoughts from Catalyst and try to explain why we think continuing education and conferences are so important to your personal and professional life as a leader.
Welcome to episode 40 of the Young Church Leaders Podcast with Grant Vissers!
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Takeaways from the Episode
1. Run Your Race
Of particular encouragement was the idea that Craig Groeschel talked about during the conference of running your race. What he meant was every single leader needs to find his or her race and then run it. The apostle Paul talks about running our race in order to win, pressing on, pursuing the goal. What I find encouraging here is that no one can run your race, only you can accomplish exactly what God has called you to do. So pray, seek God, discern, ask for Godly council and find your race. Then, run your race, and run it to win.
2. You Cannot Please Everyone, But You Can Please God
This point hit all three of us hard. You can’t please everyone, but you can please God. As leaders, we often try to please everyone. We often are told we need to please everyone. It’s so easy to get sucked into a mindset that looks to please people so that they like our leadership and they keep coming back. Leaders who try to please everyone will eventually please no one. Craig Groeschel talked about the idea that we need to give up pleasing people and realize that as leaders we can please God. And that is what truly matters. Our identity, our worth, or value as leaders and as people is found in one place and one person: Jesus Christ.
3. Find a Community who will Challenge Your Intellect AND your Character
Every leader needs community. Every person needs community. Think about it for a minute, it’s why we join sports teams, clubs, social groups; it’s why we have friend circles and gravitate toward people we enjoy. People need people. As leaders, it’s important to find a community of people who will challenge your intellect and your character. Continuing education and conferences can provide some of this growth. So we’d encourage you, even you’re the only pastor in your entire town, get yourself into a community that will help you grow as a leader in both intellect and character.
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