Craig is the sr. pastor of a very successful movement. there are 12 churches under the life church flag all over america. craig is really awesome, very real, very ministry driven. here are the highlights from session one. Also, LifeChurch.tv has been rated the most innovative church in america by outreach magazine.

Session 3: Craig Groeschel: Confessions of a pastor

 

innovation: the process of making improvements by doing something new. 

– u have all you need to reach the people God wants you to reach. 

– limited resources + increasing passion = exponential innovation

 become more passionate not about getting more people in church but getting our church into peoples world. 

4 thoughts about innovative leaders…

 

1. Innovative leaders heal the sick. ie: its not the healthy that need a dr, it is the sick. we need to be targeting those who are in trouble, hurt, have need. 

– in order to reach those no one else is reaching means we are going to have to do something no one else is doing. 

– you have to find a way to get through all the religious people to get to those who need him. 

– if you are going to reach the world, you have to sit in the smoking section, and that is going to make the church people mad. 

– when was the last time you had a non-believer in your home? 

– lead people to love those who do not know christ. 

– we live in a christian bubble and all the while we are telling the world…go to hell.

– the lost need to have a name, a face, and an identity. 

– let your heart break…walk around and see the hurt…where do i belong…those with no purpose…

 

WHO IS GOD CALLING YOU TO REACH THAT NO ONE AROUND YOU IS REACHING?

2. Innovative leaders break rules: jesus on the sabbath, leading drunks to jesus, innovative leaders are not afraid to turn right. 

– whatever everyone else is doing, turn the other way. 

– we have to care more about getting people saved than following the rules. there is freedom in the right turn.

– todays contemporary is tomorrow traditional! 

 

3. innovative leaders offend pharascies – 

– the things closest to the heart of god are going to offend the most christian people 

– the things accepted by church today where hated and despised back in the day.  

– handle the criticism with grace. 

WHAT NEW THING WILL GOD CALL YOU TO CREATE THAT WILL BE HATED TODAY AND EMBRACED TOMORROW 

 

4. innovative leaders redefine success – 

– we must become less and less impressed with our latest thing and become more impressed with what God is doing. 

– a mega church is a micro church….we must have a mega vision. how many people are around us?

– we have to worry more about building “THE CHURCH” and less about building our church

– success is going to be the things no one sees. (kids get saved, wife has a good life, time with god that is real, how much you give not get, how many people get out in the world and not get in a pew,) 

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