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A C3 Finale?

Probably not – I’m still thinking and wrestling and chewing on the stuff I heard while I was there…  And as I said, I’ll probably post some more when the dvd’s get here.

Brian Houston, Pastor of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, had a phenomenal message on empowering people…

He showed a photo he had taken in Africa of an elephant.  He wanted to include himself in the picture, so he held the camera up at arms length and snapped the pic.  He got back in the vehicle and looked at the photo and found that his head filled 90% of the frame and the elephant could not be seen at all…

The only way to miss an elephant is if you’re too big in the frame.  Some people cannot empower others because they’re too big in the frame.

Serve others.  Practice taking second place.

Develop a culture of permission.  Say “yes” more often to people, ideas, initiatives.

Empowerment is not about independence – it’s about interdependence.

There’s a balance between grace and ‘stretch’ – between acceptance and challenge.

A leader must have a heart for lifelong learning… Honor the old and promote the new.

Bishop T. D. Jakes, Pastor of The Potter’s House in Dallas, TX.   Frankly, Bishop Jakes was the presenter in this year’s conference that I had heard the least and knew the least about.  Some of you will no doubt wonder how that’s possible, but each of us has a “radar” that gets hit a little differently by different people. 

After hearing Bishop speak Friday morning, all I can say is I’ve missed out on a lot!  His message was on “The Order of the Breaking of Bread” from Jesus’ encounter with the disciples on the road to Emmaus…

You haven’t begun to preach until you’re controversial.

Quit trying to be liked, and start being faithful.

People generally admire their leaders best after they’re dead!

The beginning of true leadership is to know you don’t know as much as you think you know.

Don’t burn the school down because you think you’ve graduated.

You can’t lead people who aren’t thirsty.

The Lord can become what we need… Lord, abide with us until we see You bigger than our circumstances and situation.

They saw Jesus when He broke the bread – people see Jesus in simple things.

The pattern of the Lord “taking, breaking, blessing, and giving” is repeated over and over in the Word.

The breaking stage is the real blessing stage.

If you want to be a leader, don’t show me your successes – show me your brokenness.

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