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Make Room Conference

At church, we launched our first conference for church leaders called Make Room. It attracted pastors and ministry team leaders from over 10 states. I don’t know the total of attendees, but I do know we planned for 200 and had just a few packets left over. It really blew our minds! When we started planning for this conference, it was out of our pastor’s heart to share what God has done with our church. We thought, hey, if we have 40-50 pastors here, it’ll be cool. But God had different plans. As the registrations came in, it became clear that this was not because of anything we did. And the weekend proved that too. Pastor John was, and encouraged us to be too, totally transparent with the struggles, challenges and mind-set shifts that we’ve faced these past 11 years. Our honesty really encouraged some leaders. Church building is tough work. It takes everything you have mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. But anything that requires much, gives back even more. It’s the best thing in the world to see God moving and know that your efforts contributed. It’s awesome to see people come to know Jesus, to see families restored, and see leaders grow and believe in themselves. There’s nothing like it!

At the end of the conference we had a powerful ministry time with worship and prayer. Practically all the leaders came forward to pray at the altar, many weeping. As our team prayed for them, I could almost feel the emotions of those early years of plowing and persevering. I was young then – didn’t really understand all the things we were going through – but I prayed diligently for my pastors. And I did my best to help them any way I could, from babysitting to answering phone calls. We struggled to grow past 200 people for five years while set up and tore down church every week. Looking back it looks more discouraging than it felt at the time. Back then it was a big adventure (it still is!) and I knew in my heart that we were building something much bigger than ourselves.

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Relentless Preparation

Leadership requires relentless preparation. You cannot predict every possible challenge. But if you prepare for those challenges that you can predict, you will be better equipped to handle all problems, even the unexpected ones. –Rudolph W. Giullani

This was on the side of my starbucks cup this morning. Seriously. What a great leadership principle to keep in mind! Prepare, prepare, prepare! It holds true in the natural as well as the spiritual. We can’t prepare ourselves for every trial that will hit us as people walking through life, but if we are strengthening and staying connected to our source – God – then we will be better prepared for any and all trials! One of my favorite passages is in John 15 –

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.

Remember in all the things you do to stay connected to God. Don’t just be involved in what God is doing, but be committed. Strengthen your relationship with Him today!

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