2008 Willow Creek Summit, Day 2

Personal highlights from today …

Craig Groeschel:

  • “What is ‘it’? Don’t know.”
  • “‘It’ happens. But often ‘it’ doesn’t.”
  • “The early church – those dudes had ‘it’.”
  • “To reach people no one else is reaching, we will have to do things no one else is doing.” And the corollary: “To do things that no one else is doing, we can’t do the things that everyone else is doing.”
  • After a few years, they cut everything except five core areas: weekend worship, small groups, kids, students, missions. This freed up resources. They stopped doing things everyone else was doing in order to do things no one else was doing such as Internet Campus, YouVersion, etc.
  • “You have everything you need to do what God has called you to do.”
  • “What is God trying to show you through your limitations?”
  • “Organizations that have ‘it’ are willing to fail.”
  • “You try, it doesn’t work out, then shake it off and step up.”
  • “You need to have ‘it’ in order for your church to get ‘it’.”
  • Craig had “it”, then he started doing ministry and ministry started killing “it”. “I had become a full-time pastor and a part-time follower of Christ. I lost ‘it’.”

Catherine Rohr:

  • “I hope I’m a 75 year-old lady going around prison beating up gangsters with a cane.”
  • “46% of all closing situations end without [the salesperson] asking for anything.”
  • Jim Mellado: “The process you (Rohr) are using for character development is like a Wesleyan small group.”

Pastor Howitzer: “When I think, I have thoughts.”

Brad Anderson: “People are drawn to leadership because they’re looking for an affirmation of themselves.”

Bill Hybels quoting Mother Theresa’s vows to God:

  • “I will refuse you nothing. I will do your bidding without delay.”
  • “Even if I don’t feel Your presence, I will seek to love You as You’ve ever been loved before.”
  • Video: “Here am I, send me.”

One thought on “2008 Willow Creek Summit, Day 2

  1. Nikki August 25, 2008 / 10:10 pm

    I am about half-way through the IT book (Grochel) – have you read it?

    I am also about half-way through the Axiom book. I am loving that one.

    Catherine Rohr was my favorite part of the Summit. She’s amazing!

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