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Andy Stanley – Friday NYWC Big Room Session

Saturday, 21 November, 2009
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I heard Andy Stanley for the first time yesterday. He was incredible!! Here are a few notes. HOpefully, some more of my own thoughts coming up sometime soon!

 

Andy Stanley – friday afternoon

(LD is short of Leadership) (italicized are my own additions during talk)

/ Every leader to some extent is clueless. THey think they know what to do and everyone they look up to has the answer

/ When it comes to LD, there is so much uncertainty. and It never never never goes away. You don’t get enough wisdom, knowledge, etc etc etc. – What about solomon??????????

/ “I don’t know what to do” – most common phrase among leaders?

/ the reality of LD – uncertainty is a permenant part. YOu will never know what the circumstances hold

/ I will always be uncertain. I am certain of it.

/ Uncertainty is normal. You don’t have a probe, or missed your calling, or doing the wrong thing, but it is why God has gifted you and called you as leader. When everything is predictable, there is no need for leadership.

/ When there is no longer uncertainty, no need for LD

/ God seems to get the most mileage out of uncertain times. THe times that God worked the biggest baddest thing in your life, it would be a day that was rough, a tough situation, a difficult time in church, most difficult job.

/ LD is most needed in times of uncertainty

/ you are needed now more than ever

/ confidence – everyday i start on my knees and declare my dependance on God but at the ned of the day, I’m not going to be afraid to step up and make decisions.

/ temptation – i if were a good leader, i’d know what to do. NOT TRUE.

/ Leaders have surfaced b/c of uncertain times.

/ the crucifixion of our savior, the epicenter of uncertainty – where is God? I’m in the midst of it, i’m manufacturing this event so the world can celebrate it forever and ever.

/ why should we be intimidated by uncertainty? heroes faith were made in the uncertain times. god leverages uncertainty for his glory.

/ will we lead in such a way that god gets maximum glory in our personal lives and our ministry lives?

/ history is circular and that every period of tragedy/uncertainty, we believe that is going somewhere and we’re apart of what god’s up to. THIS IS WHY WE ARE NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER.

/ Leading in uncertainty –

/ two things that are always needed in times of uncertainty: 1. clarity 2. flexibility

/ 1. clarity – trumps uncertainty in organization – when times are uncertain in local church, etc etc. that is the time for the leader to step up and be absolutely crystal clear about what god has positioned you to do. if you can declare a sound announcement. clarity in a time of uncertainty, is what positions and surfaces leaders in an organization. this person becomes the person people lean into for leadership. look at the scriptures.  the person that brings the clearest message is the leader. Leaders step back out of uncertainty, and into something they know.

/ what has god called our student ministry to do in our community? what is your role in the community of Clay Center?

/ sTanley’s vision – create church that unchurched people wanted to attend. Our mission was never to keep a particular faily together or keep people together, but to CREATE A CHURCH THAT UNCHURCHED PEOPLE WANTED TO ATTEND. Stanley went back to what he was familiar with. IDK about money or finances or schedule but heres what i know: we have come here to create a church that unchurched people want to attend. clarity clarity clarity.

– transition between moses and joshua. joshua has a PHD in “wandering” from moses. you need to put an army together and take back my land. i’m moving you in. “get your stuff together and 3 days”. theres a lot we don’t know. theres a lot we can’t predict. but get your stuff together and in 3 days, we’re crossing the jordan and taking back this land.

/ what has god called you to do? LOVE UP. LOVE OUT.

/ 2. flexibility – god has called us to do something and so we have this vision, dream, big. so we have to plan for the vision. VIsions stays the same – Plans change. Plans will change, plans will fail. BUt the Vision must stay the same. Marry your vision – date your plans.

/ when the plan fails, what is god trying to tell you? BAD PLAN. You need a different plan, a new plan, a clear plan.

/ what is the hill you die for.

/ jim walton says about his father – we all snickered as some writers, dad thrived on change and no decision was ever sacred.

/ we must be extraordinarily flexible. Here’s what God has called us to do. Here’s the approach. How would God have us do ministry in these extraordinary times.

/ be stubborn with your vision, be flexible with your plans.

Process –

/ be honest with your leaders

/ “i don’t know what right now. but we’re gonna find out.”

/ “i don’t know right now, but when the time comes, i’m confident that god is gonna show us what to do”

/ “i don’t know right now, but god has always been faithful to us in the past hasn’t he?”

/ “i could be wrong, but i believe this is the best course of action”

/ you must learn how to authentically communicate the arenas you are unsure.

/  you don’t wanna pretend that you know something you don’t. theres a way to communicate authenticity.

/ you must seek counsel – LD is not about making decisions on your own. it’s about owning decisions after you make them.

/ LD is about standing up and owning your decision with the most people around you”

/ the wisest man in the world, Solomon, but b/c he was the wisest person, eh said the most about seeking counsel. it’s not about making decisions on your own.

/ LD is about standing up and saying all these things and then say “i’m asking you to follow me, but the minute i know it’s not working, i’ll come to you. You won’t have to find me”

/ PRAY FOR WISDOM LIKE CRAZY.

/ a recession is a terrible thing to waste. there are things we can get done now in STUMIN, that you could never get done when there is more money, etc. LEVERAGE THE UNCERTAINTY.

/ every leader needs amazing grace

/ every day of our lives, we need amazing grace. the grace to know what it is god’s called us to do. the grace to step forward and lead people into uncertainty.

/ what we need in the context is this: God’s amazing grace.

/ Dane, are you too proud? Think about that. Be willing to trash something if it isn’t working.

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