As a member of the Catalyst Blog Team and INJOY Stewardship SolutionsI will be bringing you live updates from the much anticipated Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, GA.  The theme for this year’s conference is Of Good Courage.

Catalyst provided to conference attendees a pre-session with Craig Groeschel.  Craig is the founding and Senior Pastor of  He spoke on the subject of being a courageous idiot.  Yes, I said that right.  Check out the comments below.

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The following are 40 Leadership Quotes and Lessons from his incredible session:

  1. “When the leader gets better, everyone gets better.”
  2. “There’s power when we hear inspirational messages together.”
  3. “Our God loves to use courageous, risk-taking, pain-enduring idiots.”
  4. “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” – Bethany Hamilton
  5. “All of us will be afraid.”
  6. “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, and love and a sound mind.”
  7. “Leaders, we’re afraid every now and then, you’re not leading by faith.”
  8. “You may be fearing a difficult conversation with somebody. You may fear rejection as a leader.  You may fear criticism as a leader.”
  9. “The most common fear a leader faces is the fear of failure.”
  10. “When you press through that fear you find yourself in a place God wants you to be.”
  11. “The pathway to your greatest potential is often straight through your greatest fear.”
  12. “Are you going to be afraid? YES! … Have the courage to take one step forward.”
  13. “The fear of failure drives you to stop taking risks. Yet, not taking risks ultimately leads to failure.”
  14. “Anytime we are not moving forward because of fear of failure, we are leading without faith. And without faith it is impossible to please God.”
  15. “Failure is often the first step towards success.”
  16. “We have learned more from not succeeding than we have from succeeding. Not succeeding taught the lessons needed to succeed in the future.”
  17. “If you’re not failing every now and then, you’re playing it way too safe.”
  18. “For so many people, it’s the start that stops them.”
  19. “You don’t have to have the faith to finish. You just need the courage to start.  Take the first step.”
  20. “Start where you are. Use what you have.”
  21. “Many people come to Christ hoping to eliminate pain.”
  22. “When we come to Jesus we give up our lives to gain what matters most.”
  23. “When you come to Jesus you step into a spiritual battle. Christianity is not a playground.  It’s a battleground.”
  24. “We have an enemy who hates Jesus. It’s darkness against light.”
  25. “We worship safety, convenience and comfort. That is a false god.  When we come to Jesus we will be persecuted.  We will be hurt and when we come to Jesus we will be rejected.”
  26. “Hurting is the price you pay for effectiveness in this world.”
  27. “If you are not ready to face opposition for your obedience to God, you’re not ready to be used by God.”
  28. “The more you do for the Kingdom of God, the more the enemy will resist.”
  29. “The difference between you are and where God wants you to be, is often the pain you are unwilling to endure.”
  30. “You are only as strong as you are honest.”
  31. “The higher you rise as a leader the more pain you will have to endure.”
  32. “The pain threshold will determine how many people you will influence.”
  33. “You want to be bold for Jesus? You will have bold opposition.”
  34. “God loves to use those who suffer as Jesus suffered.”
  35. “Do the right thing and trust God with the results.”
  36. “We celebrate publically. We hurt privately.  We don’t whine publically.”
  37. “As Jesus suffered for us, we embrace the honor of occasionally suffering for Him.”
  38. “We have the honor of leading with post-resurrection courage.”
  39. “What can they do to us but take our bodies? When we have that posture we become courageous, risk-taking, and pain-enduring idiots.”
  40. “What’s different about these leaders? What’s different is they have been with Jesus.”

If Catalyst is anything like this, it is going to be an amazing conference.  Check back tomorrow throughout the day for live updates.  First up will be Andy Stanley.

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