The Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit (WCAGLS) offers an amazing mix of wisdom from church leaders, business/organizational research authors, politicians, and social justice missionaries. I find it to be insightful, encouraging, challenging and transformative. In other words: I highly recommend it.
The Summit cannot cover a total spectrum of Christian leadership in a single conference, but in a two or three year cycle they usually hit every critical angle of godly leadership. The mainstays are organizational research, church growth, a call for personal repentance by leaders and coverage of social justice (poverty, disaster, sex trade) ministry efforts.
I hope my strong recommendation will not be lessened as I express a concern. The cumulative teachings of the Summit tempt me to embrace a performance trap in the name of God. I always remind myself to “never allow the ideas of men whose children are raised to raze my family of my presence.” Every biblical character who placed their children second to work/ministry paid a heavy price for doing so.
It has only been through family crisis that I learned to be deeply committed to this principle. In crisis, the voices of men with great ideas fade away. You can only focus on that which is most essential. God and family are essential. The ministry we offer our children through our emotional, spiritual and physical presence throughout their growing up years will far surpass anything else we will ever do.
Bill Hybels is sensitive to this truth. I suspect that WCAGLS will more concretely cover this issue in the next year or so. 2013 anyone?
Post Note: On my leadership commitment card, it did not mention my family – so I added them!
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