A few days ago I “attended” my first Global Leadership Summit – an event simulcast around the world to almost 180,000 people by the Willow Creek Association. I love these type of events, where you are exposed to leaders from a variety of fields who can stretch the way you think. There were twelve different speakers from the fields of ministry, education, business, politics, and psychology. They all did a great job and had valuable things to share. The quality of speakers made the two days worth the time and cost. Being a simulcast event, it didn’t have some of the elements of the Catalyst Conference (no live worship bands, no one being shot out of a cannon and you were in a comfortable room with 150 people instead of in an arena with 12,000).
So here are some of my favorite quotes from the Summit:
Len Schlesinger (President, Babson College; Harvard professor)
“If you can’t predict the future, create it.”
“You can’t think your way into an unknowable future, you must act.”
Cory Booker (Mayor of Newark, NJ)
“Everyone is born an original, but sadly, most die as carbon copies.”
Steven Furtick (Pastor, Elevation Church, Charlotte, NC)
“The difference between a vision and a daydream is the audacity to act.”
“If your vision isn’t intimidating to you, there’s a good chance that it’s insulting to God.”
“God doesn’t give you the faith to finish what he calls you to; he gives faith to start it.”
Mama Maggie Gobran (Stephen’s Children Ministries, Cairo, Egypt; Nobel nominee)
Silence your body to listen to your words;
Silence your words to listen to your thoughts;
Silence your thoughts to listen to your heart
Silence your heart to listen to your spirit
Silence your spirit to listen to His Spirit.
In silence you leave the many to be with the One.
Dr. Henry Cloud (Psychologist)
“When your maturity is not strong enough to change something, add external structure.”
John Dickson (Director, Centre for Public Christianity; Minister, St. Andrews Anglican Church, Sydney, Australia)
“Humility is the noble choice to forgo your status and use your influence for the good of others.”
Erwin McManus (Cultural Architect, Mosaic of Los Angelis; Activist, Filmmaker, Author)
“When we live our lives connected to the Creator, we become part of the creative order – part of God’s tools of creativity…. We are called to create a world that reflects the character and nature of God.”