In an effort to add value to pastors and church leaders during the next three days, I will be bringing the top leadership quotes and lessons from the incredible faculty at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit.

The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event telecast from Willow Creek Community Church’s campus to hundreds of locations across the globe.  An estimated 305,000 leaders are expected to participate.

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The day’s next speaker was Pastor Wilfredo De Jesus.  Under his leadership, New Life Covenant Church has grown from 120 people to more than 17,000 through church plants and to more than 130 ministries reaching the most disenfranchised—the poor, homeless, prostitutes, drug addicts and gang members. Named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2013.

The following are 44 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Wilfredo De Jesus from the 2016 Global Leadership Summit:

  1. A leader who stops learning stops leading.
  2. If there was ever a time leadership was needed it is now. We need men and women of God to lead in their communities.
  3. We have a culture that’s drifting.
  4. No one drifts upstream. No one drifts toward holiness. It is our natural tendency to drift away from God.
  5. The God you and I serve is alive and well. He is on His throne.
  6. The church is divided in their own political views.
  7. 44% of Americans can be described as Post-Christians.
  8. Going upstream takes work. You never drift against the tide.
  9. Drifting will not get you there but staying the course will. Staying the course requires establishing a true North.
  10. The Word of God doesn’t change. Even if culture is changing, the Word of God is true north.
  11. People all over the world are open to many different routes to find God. But there is only one way. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
  12. The Word of God became the Word for my life.
  13. How we respond matters? How we respond to a culture drift matters.
  14. If you want the best outcome you should pay attention to your response.
  15. Although culture is drifting, the church is not to drift with culture. The church has always been at odds with culture.
  16. When you try to become relevant with culture, you become irrelevant.
  17. People begin to accommodate the drift.
  18. I’m not justifying their destiny. I’m judging their fruit. The problem is we’re trying to be PC.
  19. People oppose change because they feel their life will be taken away.
  20. People assume what’s the use. They withdraw.
  21. Accommodate, Oppose, and Withdraw are all wrong responses to culture drift.
  22. We must engage culture.
  23. Jesus moved toward the outcasts.
  24. Jesus stood up against injustice.
  25. Too many Christians value their position on issues rather than God’s command to walk in love.
  26. We have the responsibility to be salt and light in the world today.
  27. Choosing to engage requires a lot.
  28. On July 12th, we laid out 352 crosses in our parking lot. This represented the 352 people who have lost their lives in gun violence this year.
  29. Evil has prevailed because good has been absent.
  30. Good is the church and the church must be present when there is evil in our cities and communities.
  31. We must bring Good to the picture.
  32. This is not the time to retreat. This is time to engage.
  33. As of yesterday, we have 484 crosses are on the hill.
  34. Some of the violence is the church has failed to be the salt and the light.
  35. Know who you are. Know your identity. You’re the church, the greatest institution on planet Earth.
  36. We must not let Hollywood define us.
  37. I am not ashamed of the Gospel. You got to know who you are.
  38. The American dream is to have it all but the Kingdom dream is to lose it all.
  39. Making corrections are good and right. They are necessary to stay on track.
  40. Repentance implies you’ve done something wrong and nobody wants to be told they’re wrong.
  41. Repentance is a good thing. It is healthy to repent.
  42. A person who doesn’t repent thinks he can never be wrong.
  43. The Titanic still interests us because it could have avoided tragedy. It had four warnings.
  44. A scared world needs a fearless church.

This has been an incredible experience.  I can’t wait until next year.  And if you have not already, don’t forget to click here or on the image below for your free resource from INJOY Stewardship Solutions.

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